SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests, also known as “SAT IIs,” are one-hour multiple-choice exams offered in the following academic subjects: Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and nine foreign languages. They are scored on the same 200-800 scale as the regular SAT exam. Many of the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. either require or “recommend” that applicants submit two different subject tests, and there is usually no preference regarding which subject tests to submit, unless the applicant is pursuing a STEM major, in which case applicants should plan to take the Math Level 2 exam. For an updated list on which schools require, recommend, or consider SAT Subject Tests, click here.
Current juniors should plan on taking SAT Subject Tests in May or June, although it is possible to take the exams in October or November of senior year as well. We recommend that students should make every effort to complete all of their SAT Subject Tests during junior year, so that the fall of senior year can be exclusively dedicated to completing college applications. It is not possible to take both the regular SAT and SAT Subject tests on the same exam date, although students are allowed to switch one Subject Test for another up until the date of the exam.
Sandweiss Test Prep offers free diagnostic testing to help determine which Subject Tests are most appropriate for you. (To see some sample questions for each Subject Test, click here). Once we identify which Subject Tests offer the best prospects for your success, we can help you prepare for your exams with individual tutoring and proctored practice exams. To schedule your diagnostic tests or to inquire about tutoring options, please call or email our office.
Advanced Placement (AP) Tutoring
Advanced Placement exams are offered every May in more than two dozen academic subjects, including most of the disciplines covered by SAT Subject Tests. Many high schools in the Puget Sound region offer students the opportunity to take AP courses during their sophomore, junior, and senior years, with the expectation that students will take the actual AP exam in May. The AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, and many colleges will use these scores when evaluating a student’s application for admission. Some colleges will grant credit towards a degree to students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam; other colleges won’t give credit but will use AP scores for placement purposes, so a score of 4 or 5 can be used to skip introductory courses and proceed to higher-level ones.
For students planning to take several AP exams, or even for those who have been struggling to keep up with one particularly difficult AP course, the first two weeks of May can be a particularly stressful time. Accordingly, Sandweiss Test Prep is now offering students AP Review sessions for the following exams: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Calculus AB, U.S History, World History, American Government, and English Literature and Composition. Each session is two hours in duration, and will provide students an opportunity to review the basic strategies for approaching each exam and to ask questions about any of the exam content. These review sessions are an excellent way to maintain focus on each particular AP exam during the two-week whirlwind of AP testing and to help students address any last-minute concerns they might have regarding the material covered on each test.