SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour content-based tests that include subjects from Bio and Chem to US History, World History, Literature, Math and Higher-Level Math, and various languages. One can sit for up to three subject tests on any test date except March, when subject tests are not offered. Whether an applicant should take subject tests depends on where he or she intends to apply to college. Some schools require subject tests and some don’t. The admissions page on any college’s web site will make clear whether or not that college requires the tests. Alternatively, you can buy one of the college guides put out by companies like Fiske, Kaplan, or Princeton Review. Here’s a link to the Fiske. If a college applicant needs subject tests to complete his or her application, he or she should plan to take them in June of his or her junior year. Here is the Amazon.com link to the Official subject test book, which I believe is vital to any test-taker’s preparation. Any sophomore who plans to major in math or science should plan to sit for a science subject test immediately following his or her sophomore year science class. (For example, most Hebron High students take Biology in sophomore year and should consider taking that subject test in May or June of that year.) If you do so, however, don’t go in cold, assuming that your school class has fully covered the range of questions on the test. We have heard from current and former students that taking the test “cold” has sometimes resulted in disappointing scores; it turns out that there IS material on the test that is not taught in some high school science classes. You can take the simple precaution of sitting for the practice test in The College Board’s Subject Test book linked above.