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SAT II Biology E/M Study Guide: Best Books and Schedule

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 8, 2018 10:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT II Biology E/M Subject Test is a good choice for students looking at medicine or who want to show off their hard science skills.  But what's the best way to study for the Biology E/M Subject Tests?  What are good books and study schedules? Read this guide to find out!

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SAT Subject Test Scores for the Ivy League

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 7, 2018 10:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Are your sights set on the Ivy League or other top universities? As you're well aware, these schools are the most selective in the country. Because of this, you want to carefully craft every aspect of your application so it's as strong as it can possibly be.

Let's look at one important part of your application: your SAT Subject Test scores. In this article, we'll go over the Subject Test requirements and expectations of top schools, and offer some advice on how to balance these tests with everything else you've got going on in your busy life.

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SAT 1 vs SAT 2: What's the Difference?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jan 30, 2018 1:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, SAT General Info

You might have heard of something called the SAT II (or SAT 2) and wondered what it could be. A secret, harder version of the SAT, perhaps? The reality is less dramatic: the SAT II is just an old name for the SAT Subject Tests.

This guide will explain the current form of the SAT II, outline the differences between the SAT 1 vs SAT 2, and help you determine which of the tests you should take.

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How Are SAT Subject Tests Scored?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Picture this: you sit down to take an SAT Subject Test. You answer somewhere from 50 to 95 questions in an hour. A few weeks later, you log on to your College Board account and see a score for your test on a scale of 200-800. Somehow, the results from your multiple-choice test got turned into this final scaled score. But how did this happen? How are SAT Subject Tests scored?

In this article, I’ll discuss how your raw score for the exam is calculated, how this is converted into your final score, and what SAT Subject Test scoring means for you in terms of setting—and meeting—a target score.

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The Easiest SAT Subject Tests to Take

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 10, 2018 5:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

There are lots of SAT Subject Tests to choose from - in fact, there are 21 options that cover 13 different subjects and languages. You want to take the Subject Tests that will strengthen your college applications with excellent scores. So, which Subject Tests are easier than others?

While there isn't a cut and dry answer to this question,  we can approach an answer from a few different angles. First, let's take a look at how students score on average on each Subject Test.

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SAT Subject Test Dates 2018: When Should You Take Them?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 2, 2018 2:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

When are you planning to take the SAT Subject Tests? If you answered, "I don't know," you're not alone! It's hard to know when the best time is to fit in the Subject Tests with the general SAT, your schoolwork, and everything else you've got going on.

Let's take a look at when the SAT Subject Tests are offered and when the best dates are for you to take them. As long as you have a plan, you'll be able to balance these tests with all the other things you're up to in your busy life.

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Complete Study Guide: SAT US History Subject Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Nov 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Alexander Hamilton, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and Rosa Parks - these are a few of the important historical figures you might encounter on the SAT US History Subject Test.

This complete study guide will tell you everything you need to know for SAT US History, how you can prepare, and where to find the best practice questions to start prepping. 

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AP Exams vs SAT Subject Tests: What's More Important?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement (AP)

Many high-achieving students end up taking both SAT Subject Tests and AP Tests during their time in high school. SAT Subject Tests are required for admission to most competitive colleges, and AP Tests and coursework are encouraged. Is one more important than the other? In this article, I’ll give details on how these two types of tests compare to each another and whether it's a good idea to take AP Tests and SAT Subject Tests in the same topic areas.  

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Complete Study Guide: SAT Physics Subject Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Nov 8, 2017 11:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Did you know that if you squeezed all the matter that makes up all the people in the world together, it could fit into the size of a sugar cube? That's because atoms are mostly made up of empty space between very tiny, very dense nuclei. 

If you're intrigued by the mind-blowing facts and figures of physics, you might be considering the SAT Physics Subject Test. This comprehensive guide will go over exactly what's on the test (don't worry, nothing about sugar cubes). It will also tell you where you can find the best SAT Physics practice tests, and the study tips and strategies you need to know to master the SAT II.

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Average SAT Subject Test Scores: Complete List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 21, 2017 9:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

750 on an SAT Subject Test sounds like an amazing score, right? Not necessarily! Interpreting scores on the Subject Tests is more complex than on the general SAT. For example, an excellent score on the Literature Subject Test might look very different from an excellent score on the Korean with Listening Test.

Let's take a look at the average scores for each Subject Test and what they mean as you choose which tests to take.

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What Is a Good SAT Subject Test Score?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 8, 2017 9:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

What's a good Subject Test score? This might sound like a straightforward question, but it's actually a little more complicated. What makes a good score varies by SAT Subject Test as the number of test takers differs from test to test. For instance, in 2017 more than 140,000 students took the Math Level II Test, more than 48,000 students took the Literature Test, and only 453 took the Italian Test.

As you'll see below, most good scores for SAT Subject Tests are in the 700s, but there are other factors to consider as you set your target scores. Let's take a look at the average scores and percentiles so you can know what a good score is for each individual SAT Subject Test.

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The Ultimate SAT Literature Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Aug 27, 2017 7:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Test in Literature, formerly known as the SAT II Literature Exam, is one of the most popular subject tests offered. This may be because you don’t necessarily need specialized knowledge like foreign language fluency to do well on it. However, it also has a reputation for being fairly difficult.

Luckily I, 800-scoring sorceress of the SAT Literature Subject Test, am here to take you through all the particulars of the exam: whether the exam is right for you, the format and content, question styles, study tips, practice resources, and tips for exam day. Let’s get the magic started!

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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

After you take the SAT Subject Tests, you probably want to find out your results right away. You'll have to be a little patient, though, as you might need to wait between two and six weeks to get your SAT Subject Test scores back.

We've compiled the exact score delivery dates below. We also offer tips on how to track down your scores and on what to do after you get them. Read on to find out when you'll get your SAT Subject Test scores.

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Complete List: Colleges That Require SAT Subject Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 14, 2017 2:30:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, College Admissions

Does applying to college make you feel like you're trying to walk through a door but don't yet have the keys? To gain access, first you need to understand exactly what the colleges you're interested in require. This can be tricky with the SAT Subject Tests, as different colleges have different policies.

We've compiled a comprehensive list of all the colleges that require SAT Subject Tests, along with others that recommend or consider them as part of your application. As policies are continually changing, always double-check with the school about their standardized testing requirements. Let us know in the comments if we need to make any updates! 

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The Ultimate SAT Spanish Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jul 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Applying to highly selective schools often means submitting SAT Subject Test scores along with your regular SAT or ACT scores. Si español es pan comido para usted, then taking the SAT Spanish Subject Test is a great way to fulfill part of the subject test requirement.

Read this guide to learn more about what’s on the SAT Spanish Subject Test and whether or not you should take it. We’ll go over format, test content, where to find good practice material, and tips to help you when studying and taking the test.

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