(2011.02.01) FAQ about SAT Subject Tests

 
WHAT ARE THE SAT SUBJECT TESTS?
The SAT Subject Tests are multiple-choice tests given by the College Board in single subject areas. Subject Tests are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Foreign Language, Literature, Math Level 2, Physics, US History and World History. Each test is one-hour long.
 
DO I NEED TO TAKE SUBJECT TESTS? IF SO, HOW MANY SUBJECT TESTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
Students applying to the University of California will no longer be required to submit SAT Subject Test scores for admission starting with high school seniors who will be submitting applications in fall 2011. However, individual UC campuses will still consider applicants' Subject Test scores in selecting the most qualified and best prepared students. In addition, specific programs or majors (e.g., engineering) may still require or recommend that applicants submit SAT Subject Test scores. So, just as high AP exam scores tend to help a student gain admission to a competitive college or university, so will strong SAT Subject Test scores.
  • Click here to find out if the colleges you are interested in applying to require SAT Subject Tests.
Furthermore, most private colleges and universities still require applicants to submit at least two SAT Subject Test scores. Given the competitive nature of admissions to elite colleges and universities, students are advised to take an additional Subject Test or two beyond the minimum number of Subject Tests required as long as they are able to obtain high test scores on these additional tests.
                                       
WHAT SUBJECT TESTS SHOULD I TAKE?
Students should consider taking Subject Tests in the subjects that they are currently studying in high school, particularly if the school courses are advanced level and they have performed well in these courses. In addition, colleges may require specific Subject Tests for admissions to particular majors. For example, students applying to major in engineering usually need to take Subject Tests in Math Level 2 and science.

 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE SUBJECT TESTS?
Generally, students should take a Subject Test as soon as they complete their high school course in that subject. This is particularly advisable for subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and United States History. Typically, students take Subject Tests during the test administrations in May and June.
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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE SUBJECT TESTS?
Learning the subjects well in high school courses will provide students with a good foundation for performing well on the Subject Tests. In addition, students should take many practice tests to understand what is covered in the Subject Tests and to hone their test-taking skills. A good way to prepare for the Subject Tests is to enroll in the SAT Subject Test preparation courses offered at Elite. We offer Subject Test preparation courses for a period of 8 to 12 weeks in the fall and spring terms. For our current Subject Test preparation course schedule, take a look under the Class Schedules link in the left sidebar.
 
WHERE DO I REGISTER TO TAKE THE SUBJECT TESTS?
Students register to take the Subject Tests with the College Board. Subject Tests are administered on the same test dates that the SAT Reasoning Test is administered, except the March test administration.
  • Click here to register to take the SAT Subject Tests with the College Board.
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