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A SAT II overview
Universities are increasingly appreciating the SAT II subject tests. For them, these specific subject exams show your actual understanding of a subject, i.e. how well you have learned each subject and how well prepared you are for college-level courses.
People who don't consider themselves great test takers just say Ugh.
The real conclusion: Universities like the SAT II exams because - like all standardized tests - they make the approval process easier.
When tests are standardized, colleges can easily use them to compare you to other students across the country. Hence, the SAT II. Colleges believe (often rightly) that the grades you get in high school don't provide as accurate a measurement. Some high schools are more difficult than others, some teachers are tougher than others, some students deserve extra credit for cleaning test tubes. All of these possible factors result in equally talented students receiving different grades. Standardized tests are the great equalizer.
Tests include: Literature, US History, World History, Level I and II Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Korean.
Not all schools require them, so be sure to check university requirements before enrolling for SAT II tests.
Each exam lasts an hour. But make sure you study for them for over an hour.
The scores range from 200-800 as in the SAT I.
Taking the SAT II exams
These tests are not easy. The best time to take one of the SAT II tests is right after completing a year-long course in that subject. That way, the topic still stays fresh in your head. Some exceptions are if you want to take the test in writing, foreign language or literature. Then you want to take the test by the highest grade you want to take. Of course, it doesn't make sense to take SAT II tests after November of your senior year. By then, everything should be included in college admissions. The only reason to take them this late would be if the colleges you are applying to are using the SAT II for internship purposes.
You should prepare for the SAT II as you would for the SAT. Familiarize yourself with the format of the tests. Take old practice exams if you can.
The test dates for SAT II subject tests are usually in October, November, December, January, May, and June. However, not every test is offered on every test date. For information on when the desired tests will be offered, please visit the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com
International College Counselor Tip: You can take up to three subject tests on the same day, but I don't recommend it. Don't underestimate the difficulty of these exams. It will be a mind-boggling hour of your life. With the ETS, you cannot take the SAT I and SAT II tests on the same day, even if both are offered on the same day.
What do the SAT II results mean?
They can have different meanings as the average score varies widely from test to test. Every year it's about who is taking the tests. Only the best students take these tests now because only the most selected schools ask for the results. This also makes it impossible to compare the tests directly between the different subjects.
The way to think about these results is that they are part of the student's story. If the student says they are great at math, they should do well on the math test. If the student is just a "good" student who has nothing really great, these results speak for that fact.
Here are all of the 2008 medians of senior college tied people, according to the College Board, the wonderful people who bring you these tests:
History and social sciences
United States History: 597
World history: 584
Math level 1: 599
Math level 2: 644
Biology - Ecological: 593
Biology - Molecular: 630
Chinese with listening: 763
French with listening: 624
German with listening: 601
Modern Hebrew: 646
Japanese with listening: 693
Korean with listening: 760
Spanish with listening: 647
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Mandee Heller Adler, Founder and Director of International College Counselors
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