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Not sure if you should take an SAT subject test? Talk to your counselor to explore your options.

SATs already? Think about taking SAT subject tests while the material is still fresh in your mind.

Most of your standardized testing will go down during the spring of your junior year, but under certain circumstances it’s wise to think about taking important tests when the information is still fresh in that supple brain of yours.

A specific example of this is called the SAT subject tests. As we learned from the college prep glossary, the SAT subject tests are one hour, single-subject tests that assess your readiness for college. They are just like the regular SAT only broken down into individual subjects. These tests are required by only around 100 selective colleges, so not all students need to take them.

So why take them now? A lot of these tests, like world history, math 1, and chemistry, cover material that you’ll learn throughout your freshman year and may never touch on again. So, it might be wise to take the biology subject test as you finish up freshman year biology.

SAT Subject Tests Basics

The SAT subject tests include five general subject areas:

  • English: Literature
  • Math: Mathematics Level 1 and Mathematics Level 2
  • History: United States History, World History
  • Science: Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics
  • Languages: Chinese with Listening, French, French with Listening, German, German with Listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese with Listening, Korean with Listening, Latin, Spanish, Spanish with Listening

If you’re interested in taking one of these subject tests, check out the SAT and SAT subject test schedule.

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