SAT II Subject Test Preparation
The SAT IIs are what many of us remember as "Achievement Tests." Twenty years ago the Achievement tests had little or no relevance on college admission decisions — they were primarily used for advanced placement purposes. Now, several top tier and Ivy League colleges expect to see strong scores on at least two SAT IIs tests.
Discipline & Focus
The SAT II is a set of 20 different tests focusing on specific disciplines or subjects, such as math, science, English, history and languages. Each subject test lasts one hour and is offered in October, December, January, May and June.
These tests are designed to measure what you know about specific disciplines. Sure, critical reading and thinking skills play a part, but the main purpose of the SAT II subject tests is to determine exactly what you know about algebra, biology, literature, U.S. History, Spanish, etc.
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On SAT II subjects that require lots of memorization, it is often good to schedule them to coincide with the end of a semester. This is especially important for students enrolled in WCPSS block courses.
At BrainTrust, we will help you differentiate between careless mistakes and topics you have not mastered. Often, teachers have simply not had the time to prepare you for the specific test questions in various subjects. We will also go through actual SAT subject test questions published by the College Board.
For those who are serious, preparation is crucial. The SAT II subject tests are given during four months of the year. At BrainTrust, we never recommend you take more than two on a given day.
When in doubt as to which tests to take, we think many students should consider spending time preparing for the US History, foreign language and Math Level One subject tests. Different subjects require different approaches.