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Considering the SAT Subject Test?

SAT Subject Tests are predictive, simple, and require little test taking strategy. Before scheduling an SAT Subject Test, review our guidelines below to ensure a thorough understanding for the English, History, Languages, Mathematics, and Science exams. Jump Start Tutoring offers pro-active guidance for students indecisive about which SAT Subject Test to take. 

Students wishing to take an SAT Subject Test should start preparing through extracurricular practice. The tests are designed to exercise students' academic capabilities by categorizing the exams into specific subjects. Unlike the SAT I and the ACT, these exams are not designed to test a students ability to strategize or manage time, rather, apply knowledge from course work on a standardized level. 

An Overview of SAT Subject Tests

SAT II Subject Tests are standardized tests administered by the College Board designed to test a student's ability to apply knowledge from specific subject areas. Students typically take these tests to increase their credentials for college admission departments and assist admission counselors in analyzing applicants' academic strengths.  Many colleges in the United States use the SAT Subject Tests for admission eligibility, but are frequently used to assist in course selection among advisors.

Students may take up to three SAT II Subject Tests on any given date. Most students take Subject Tests toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. A large number of students often choose this route because, in their own academic studies, they have recently completed the material the courses cover, giving them the ability to proactively strengthen those subject areas while simultaneously benefiting the students moving forward to institutes of higher learning.

What to Know About SAT II Subject Tests

1Why Take the SAT II Subject Test?
Colleges may require subjects tests if applicants are applying to take specific courses for their major or program. Subject tests exemplify a student's academic ability and can help differentiate a student in a diverse pool of applicants. Students will also benefit from subject tests by showing admission departments their strengths & interests as well as college readiness. Depending on scores, subject tests can be used to supplement basic course requirements and receive credit for those courses. SAT II Subject Tests are also a great way for a student to challenge what they have learned, and if needed, to improve on their capabilities and expand their knowledge.
2When should I take SAT II Subject Tests?
SAT II Subject Tests should be taken upon completing the recommended classes. In most cases this would be in the spring of freshman or sophomore year. If a student is taking language subject tests, it is best to wait to take the exams after completing two years of the selected language.

Each SAT Subject Test has recommended preparation guidelines for students to reference. These guidelines help ensure students are prepared and ready for the subject tests.
3How do I prepare for SAT II Subject Tests?
SAT II Subject Tests are based on high school level course work, preparation, and attention to the material taught in classrooms. For some this comes easy, but we recommend receiving additional assistance from a tutor, a peer, or a parent.

Pairing with a tutor to prepare for the exams is beneficial because it allows students to receive immediate help when material is unclear. The tutors help provide alternative examples with justifications for better comprehension.

Other methods include purchasing College Board's multiple SAT Subject Guides. These guides are frequently referenced in tutor sessions and examples from them are expanded and thoroughly analyzed to get the best understanding.
4Which SAT Subject Test do I choose?
SAT Subject Tests give students more of an advantage when applying to college; therefore, we recommend choosing subjects based on your interests and strengths.

Choosing a test should be primarily based on academic strengths and interests because students will have the best probability for success.

Colleges love to see improvement in students, so mix up the tests you take to not only include your strongest subjects but to also include weaker subjects. Weaker subjects will require additional practice and tutoring but will foster greater improvement than a subject test a student is already strong in. This will show admissions counselors your ability to freely challenge yourself, and take the necessary steps to overcome those barriers.

The student is advised to research college requirements and recommendations when choosing SAT II Subject Tests because colleges may require students to take a specific subject test when entering a certain program or major. Some colleges will grant students credit or exemption forms from freshman course requirements based on the scores received on SAT II Subject Tests.

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