SAT Subject Tests
Standardized tests don’t only assess students' math and verbal abilities. Some questions are simply a test of how good you are at test-taking.
The SAT II Subject Tests are standardized tests on specific subjects, used by admission officers to assess the abilities of students seeking to enroll in certain colleges and universities.
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas, scored from 200-800. Each test is one hour long.
History (World and U.S.)
Languages (French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean).
Math (Level 1 and Level 2)
Science (Physics, Biology and Chemistry)
Click here for more information on the SAT Subject Tests.
ABOUT OUR SAT II PREP
"We wanted to get started with the college application process as early as possible, and had already been working with Hartman Tutoring since Malcolm was in 4th grade just for general help with homework and study skills. When he was in 9th grade he started studying for SAT IIs, and along with Jesse's consultations and advice, Malcolm's tutor prepared him for the right tests at the right time. Everything went so smoothly, all of his friends were jealous how prepared he was by the time the notoriously scary Junior Year came around! The results were stellar, the process was easy and Malcolm knows that he could not have made it through high school as comfortably as he did with HT's help. He is grateful and so are we!"
SAT IIs | 12th Grade | Horace Mann
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ARE THE SAT IIs FOR ME?
The admissions policy regarding SAT IIs can vary from college to college, and these policies can change continually. We work with families to ensure that SAT IIs are being approached appropriately, and are being considered from the perspective of what will benefit each individual student.
WHEN TO START PREP
Ideally, students have 4-8 months of consistent test prep leading up to their first SAT II. Students are eligible to take each SAT II as many times as they like. We work with students to ensure that they are able to balance their SAT II prep schedules carefully alongside their SAT/ACT prep.
HOW TO SEQUENCE THE PREP
The first goal is to strategically decide which of the Subject Tests would be ideal for a particular student to plan to take. We then help students become comfortable with the features, expectations and format of each Subject Test on their list. We then move onto strategies, both in the realm of general test-taking as well as how to tackle particular question types. Lastly, we turn to content, and create personalized curricula for students to master.
Our tutors are prepared to shape our SAT II program to fit every individual student’s learning and personality type. Our programs are malleable, and our 30+ years of experience have equipped us to lead every student towards achieving their personal best on test day.
We approach test prep from a child-centric perspective, and are sure to cater to the needs of the human we’re working with, not only the student. We don’t try to make a child’s life fit into a test prep program; we make sure that test prep fits comfortably into a child’s life.
As the test prep process proceeds, our eyes remain fixed on maximizing a student’s score on test day. However, there are a variety of test-taking skills and perspectives which will follow students beyond the day of the test. Our esteemed EF program is interwoven into our test prep, ensuring that students will gain lifelong skills on their way to achieving their optimal SAT II score. We'll help you change schools, and we might just change your life along the way.
More about the SAT II Subjects Tests
When and where can my child take the SAT II?
The SAT IIs are offered in March, May, June, August, October, November and December. Click here for access to a complete list of SAT II Test Center Locations. Students may also plan to take the SAT I (in contrast to the ACT), and students cannot take the SAT and SAT II Subject Tests on the same day. Students can take up to three SAT IIs on any test date.
What are the tests like?
The SAT II Subject Tests are all multiple choice and take one hour to complete. They range in difficulty depending on the test, but are intended to convey similar expectations as a high school student's standard course. Some tests, such as the language tests, contain a listening component. While they are presented as content-based tests, the Subject Tests still maintain an SAT style, and place heavy emphasis on reasoning and critical thinking skills, in conjunction with knowledge of specific subject matter.
How do I register?
Visit the College Board website to register. When registering, you will choose which test you plan to take. However, these decisions are not binding. Come test day, you can add additional tests, remove tests for which you have signed up, or take a different test than you signed up for (except for a Language Test with a listening component, which requires special equipment).
How are the SAT IIs scored?
When a student gets a question correct, they receive 1 raw point. When they answer a question incorrectly, 1/4 of a point is deducted from their raw score. When a student leaves a question blank, there is no penalty. Raw scores are converted to a scaled score from 200-800 for each Subject Test.
Click here to see a sample SAT II Subject Test Score Report.
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Click here to download the SAT II Subject Test one-sheet.