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SAT Subject Tests
What are the SAT Subject Tests? The
SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests owned by the College Board, much like
the SAT. Each SAT Subject Test is an one-hour, multiple-choice test with
listening sections for some of the languages. They measure students' abilities
in specific subjects such as literature, mathematics, science, history and
languages. Scores are based on a 200-800 scale, just like each section of the
SAT. The most recent change to the SAT Subject Test offerings was the
discontinuation of the Writing test. With the addition of the essay to the
SAT, the writing test became obsolete.
Why should students take the SAT
Subject Tests? SAT Subject Tests, formerly known as the SAT IIs, can make
the difference between your application sitting in the "maybe" pile or moving
into an accepted pile. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see if
they require SAT Subject Tests. Many schools do not require them and the
schools that do may place significant emphasis on the scores. Competitive
colleges that receive a lot of applications with high SAT scores and strong
GPAs look to the SAT subject tests to compare student achievement levels.
While some schools require specific tests,
others allow you a choice of tests. This is your chance to show off your
skills in your best subject. If you excel in math, take the Math Level 2 test
or if you speak Chinese fluently, take the Chinese listening test. You can
also show your knowledge of a field that you plan to study in college. If you
want to go into pre-med, take the biology test or if you want to major in
Spanish, take the Spanish Subject Test.
Results from SAT Subject Tests can also
help colleges recommend an appropritae course selection for incoming students.
SAT Subject Tests can put you into 200-level calss right away, allowing you to
skip 100-level courses in subjects where you excel.
When should students take the SAT
Subject Tests? SAT Subject Tests are offered on the same dates as the SAT,
with the exception of the March test date. Not all SAT Subject Tests are
offered every test date, however, so make sure you plan ahead. You may take up
to 3 of these tests in one day, but you cannot take them the same day that you
take the SAT.
You should plan to take your SAT Subject
Tests when you feel you're at your top performance in that subject. So for
biology and history, take the test as close to teh end of your class as
possible while the material is still fresh. This is usually the June test,
when classes are finishing up. For the language tests, wait until you've
studied it for at least 2 years to ensure that you hvae a solid foundation in
To learn more visit: collegeboard.com
ACT 2009-2010 Test Dates
High School Assessment (HSA)
The Maryland High School Assessments
(HSA's) are tests that measure school & individual student progress toward
Maryland's High School Core Learning Goals. Passing the HSA is a graduation
requirement beginning with the graduating class of 2009. http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/testing/hsa