The SAT subject tests are fast approaching. Junior year is coming to a close, so there will only be a few more opportunities for you to take the tests. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, and start from the top.
1. A solution for your genius mind
So, you’re sitting around your room thinking about what to do. You already aced your SATs and all of your APs, and you finished the new Call of Duty months ago. Fear not, smart alec, I have got just the thing to cheer you up! It’s fun, exiting, and challenging. It’s called SAT subject tests. Ok, maybe I lied before; it’s probably not going to be that fun.
2. Why do I need to take these subject tests?
Most colleges these days are overwhelmed by the number of qualified students. In fact a college admissions officer told me while I was on a college turn that it’s becoming harder and harder to select students, since many of them deserve to get in. I asked him what they are now using to separate students. He said that other than the college essay, and recommendations, SAT subject tests have become a way to really impress colleges. In fact many colleges now require you to submit at least two SAT subject test scores.
3. So, which one do I take?
Chances are, most of you didn’t even know that SAT subject tests existed before reading this blog. After doing a quick search on the internet, you’ll find that there are tons of SAT subject tests. So, the obvious question on your mind at this point is: which one do I take?
My advice to you is to take a subject test after you have completed a class in that subject area, preferably an AP class. The reason I suggest you take an AP class before tackling the subject test is because a lot of the material tested on the subject tests are more advanced than the material taught by the average high school course. However, please take the subject test during the time or before your AP exam. For example, take the world history subject test after you have taken the world history AP. That way you won’t have to put a lot of time into studying for the subject test itself, since you have been studying for the AP exam in your class all year long, so you will be ready to take the subject test. The SAT subject tests are administered many times throughout the year, but take my advice, and take the test in either May or June. The APs are also in May, so you will have finished up the entire curriculum by May, which will be the perfect time for you to take the test.
Now let me tell you about some exceptions to my advice earlier. I had a friend who was fascinated with Physics. In fact, his fascination with Physics was so great that he studied a college Physics textbook, while he was still in the 7th grade! He didn’t bother taking Physics in High school, and took the Physics subject test freshman year. Guess what? He got a perfect score! So, if you are like my friend and have been studying a particular subject by yourself for a while, then by all means go ahead and take that subject test.
5. Some words of wisdom
I suggest you visit the websites of the colleges you are interested in attending, and see what subject tests they require. So, good luck guys, and I hope you get 800s on all of your subject tests!
In the meantime, if you are still struggling with the SAT, why don’t you head on over to SAT Habit, and start practicing!