SAT Subject Test Guidelines
The SAT SubjectTests are hour-long, multiple choice, subject-based tests that allow studentsto showcase academic strengths in subject areas of their choice.
Many colleges askstudents to submit two SAT Subject Test scores. Branson students should selectSAT Subject Tests that best showcase their academic strengths. With the help ofthe teachers and college counselors and the guidelines set out below, students shoulddevelop an overall standardized testing plan for which tests to take as well asoptimal dates.
As emphasized on theCollege Board’s website, students may do well on the tests without havingstudied every possible aspect of a subject: “If there are some practicequestions or topics that you’re not familiar with because you haven’t studiedthem in your classes, don’t worry. The SAT Subject Tests are national testsmeant to cover topics learned in the majority of high school classrooms acrossthe country. However, what’s taught in one classroom is not necessarily thesame as what’s taught in another classroom, even if both are teaching the samesubject. As such, it is possible that you may not have covered every singletopic on the test. Furthermore, you do not have to get every question on eachtest correct to receive the highest score (800) for that test. Many students dowell on the tests despite not having studied every topic covered on the test”(http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests/faqsat).
For informationabout test format and registration, please visithttps://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-subject-test-dates. Students areresponsible for registering themselves for SAT Subject Tests.
When is the optimal time to takethe test?
Typically, students take the SATSubject Tests in June of junior year. In some cases sophomores who performexceptionally well in a course with a corresponding SAT Subject Test may takethe test at the end of the sophomore year. Students who opt not totake theSAT Subject Tests at the end of the sophomore year will have ample timeto develop a standardized testing plan during junior year.
Math, Science, or History: June is the optimal time to takethese tests as students have just completed the related courses and synthesizethe material as they study for final exams.
Literature: June of the junior year
Language: Students of Mandarin,Italian and Latin face limited test date options and must think strategicallyabout when the test is available and how to fit the Language or LanguagewithListening test into an overall plan for standardized testing.
Which SAT Subject Tests should Itake?
Math: Students who take Algebra IItheir junior year may take the Level I test.Students who take any level ofPrecalculus during the junior year or earlier may take the Level 2 test.
English: Students may take the Literaturetest.
History: Students may take the WorldHistory or US History tests.
Science: Students may take Biology,Chemistry, or Physics.
Language: Students may take Spanish,Latin, Mandarin, or Italian.
How do I know I’m prepared forthe test?
Students should ask themselvesthree questions as they consider SAT Subject
1. Am I performing well in thecorresponding academic class (earning a grade of B+ or higher)?
2. Does my teacher recommendthat I take the test?
3. Have I taken and scored wellon a practice test?
What else can I do to prepare?
Students may prepare by using anSAT Subject Test study guide to provide familiarity with the SAT Subject Testquestion style and format.