What is the SAT?

The SAT is a multiple-choice standardized test that serves as one component of the US undergraduate college application. It consists of two major sections – Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics – measuring a test-taker’s problem solving abilities in both of these areas. It is three hours long without the optional essay, which takes an extra 50 minutes.

How is it scored?

You will receive a score from 200 to 800 in each of the two major sections to give a combined score from 400 to 1600. Along with these three scores, you will be given a plethora of sub-section scores that will allow you to identify areas of strength and weakness. If you choose to complete the essay writing task, you will also receive three scores, each from 2 to 8, that assess your reading, analytical, and writing skills.

How can I prepare for it?

As a standardized test, the SAT is unlike most tests you take at school. Its questions focus less so on how much you can remember from a textbook than on how sharp your verbal and numerical reasoning skills are. Preparing for it requires not only loads of practice but also guidance on how to approach different question types using effective, time-saving strategies.

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SAT Subject Tests

What are they?

An extension of the SAT, the SAT Subject Test (also called SAT IIs) is a multiple choice test that assesses both a student’s knowledge of the subject matter and his or her problem-solving abilities. Each test is an hour long, and students may take up to three tests in one sitting in the following subjects:

 

Mathematics Level I Spanish
Mathematics Level II Spanish with Listening
Physics French
Chemistry French with Listening
Biology Ecological/Molecular Chinese with Listening
English Literature Italian
US History German
World History German with Listening
Modern Hebrew
Latin
Japanese with Listening
Korean with Listening

 

They are each scored on a scale from 200 to 800 points.

Why are they important?

At some colleges and universities, subject test scores may be required for acceptance into a particular major, while at other institutions they may only be recommended. In either case, it is best to take them, preferably in subjects that you currently study and excel in at school.

How can I prepare for them?

Subject test questions will expect you to know the subject matter and apply that knowledge in different scenarios to solve problems. Not only must students have the requisite knowledge; they must have a solid understanding of the concepts to answer questions quickly and accurately. There are no substitutes for thorough review and ample practice in this case.

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