Archive for the ‘SAT II’ Category

SAT II Literature Subject Test

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
writing in a notebook

Female writing in a notebook

Whats the deal with Lit?

Without a doubt the Literature SAT-II is the most popular of the dreaded SAT-IIs. With good reason, this is the least feared of the subject tests. The argument is not that this test proves easier than the others, but certainly less classroom-acquired knowledge is necessary to bring to the table for the Literature test then, say, the Math-II, Biology or French tests. It is the one subject test that does not specifically draw upon material taught through the high school curriculum. You read a passage (poems, letters, fables, excerpts from a play script, speeches, etc) and then you answer questions about what you just read.  There are no formulas to remember, nor do you have to draw upon texts read previously in school.  (more…)

The SAT II Subject Tests

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

SAT Subject TestsWhich SAT II exam should I take?  When should I take it?

Of all the crazy making parts of the SAT Process that exist outside of the test itself, none can be more stress inducing that the decision making about the SAT II exams.

The SAT Subject Tests are a group of tests in different academic disciplines. The College Board currently administers exams in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics Chinese, Literature, U.S. History, World History, French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin and Spanish. (more…)

Should I Take the SAT Again?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Exams via Flickr: Alex France

How much is too much? When it comes to the SAT, it’s a question that a lot of students (and their parents) wonder about. Few people just take the test only once; most take it several times, but how many times is too many? If twice, or three times, is good, wouldn’t four, five, or six times be even better? Well…probably not. A couple of factors come into play when you’re deciding how when, and how many times to take the SAT, so here’s a short guide to your testing schedule.

Take it More Than Once

Would it be great if you could just take the test once, and be finished? Of course it would. I mean…that would be great. That does occasionally happen, but unless you get a near-perfect score the first go-round, it’s smart to try again. Why? (more…)

How Many Times Should I Take the SAT?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
SAT Testing Sign

SAT Testing Sign via Flickr:

In the last post, we established that you should probably take the SAT more than once, unless you knock it so far out of the park on your first shot that it really is unnecessary. In a college admissions market where competition and pressure are sky high, however, it’s easy to let things get out of hand. It’s hard to know when to stop, when enough really is enough.

The SAT is offered in January, March, May, June, October, November, and December. Theoretically, you could start in January and go straight through the year, taking it month after month. There are a number of reasons why this would be a bad idea, not the least of which being that it would probably drive you completely crazy. Here are a few others: (more…)

Steps to Integrating SAT II Subject Test Prep with Studying for Finals

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
SAT Sunject Test

SAT Sunject Test

  • Choose to take the SAT Subject Tests in June, rather than March, May, or next year.
  • When you’re choosing which SAT II subject tests to take, choose whichever tests overlap most with the classes you do best in. Whether that’s math, one of the sciences, history, a language, or literature, choose the tests that line up with your best subjects.
  • Make subject test prep part of how you study for finals. Note where the two overlap, and where they don’t—look at the bigger picture of how all the material fits together.
  • Make finals prep part of how you study for subject tests.
  • Do every question you can get your hands on…and then some. Take questions from both your class materials and your subject test prep. Subject tests are very content-based (as opposed to the SAT I). The more you see, the more you learn, and the less surprised you’ll be on test day.