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The Ultimate SAT Literature Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Aug 22, 2018 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. This might be because you don’t necessarily need specialized knowledge, such as foreign language fluency, to do well on it. However, it also has a reputation for being a fairly difficult test.

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

Here is a quick guide for those who'd prefer to skip around:

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Complete List: Colleges That Require SAT Subject Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 2, 2018 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 | Aug 2, 2018 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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The Complete List of SAT Subject Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are a chance for you to show where you have specialized knowledge. With these tests, you can indicate to colleges which subjects interest you and which you've taken the time to get to know well.

With that being said, how can you decide which SAT Subject Test to take? First, let's take a look at all the SAT Subject Tests from which you can choose.

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How Many SAT Subject Tests Should I Take?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 15, 2018 6:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Decisions, decisions! Not only do you have to make up your mind about which Subject Tests to take, you also have to decide how many Subject Tests to take. In this guide we'll look at the most important considerations when signing up for Subject Tests so you can be confident about your choice.

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How to Study for SAT Subject Tests: 5 Expert Tips

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

Are you taking an SAT Subject Test soon and want to know how to be well prepared on exam day? You've come to the right place! In this guide, I explain everything you need to know about how to study for SAT Subject Tests, including which exam(s) you should take, the five most important steps for preparing for a Subject Test, and additional tips to help you maximize your score.

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The Ultimate SAT Biology Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

If you’re applying to selective schools, you might have to submit SAT Subject Test scores along with your regular SAT (or ACT) scores. The Biology Subject Test (also called Biology SAT II) is a popular one because a vast majority of students take biology in high school, and most students find it less intimidating than chemistry or physics. This test can be a great way to fulfill your Subject Test requirements, especially if you plan on studying biology in college and want to show off your skills.

In this study guide, I’ll give you all the background information you need to start studying for the Biology Subject Test as well as example questions, practice materials, and study tips to use along the way. 

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Expert Guide: Which SAT Subject Tests Should You Take?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 2, 2018 4:30:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Feeling lost and confused about which SAT Subject Test to choose? There are a lot of options - 20 to be exact - so it can be bewildering to know which ones will be best for your college applications.

Not to worry! We've gathered the most important considerations in selecting an SAT Subject Test. As long as you approach your decisions with these ideas in mind, you'll be sure to choose the best SAT Subject Tests to take for you.

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How to Register for SAT Subject Tests: Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 1, 2018 4:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

You might be required or strongly encouraged to take SAT Subject Tests if you're applying to highly selective colleges. Thankfully, registering for SAT Subject Tests is just as easy as registering for the regular SAT. It might take a bit more planning to verify that the test you want is being offered on a certain test date, but otherwise the process is similar.

In this article, I’ll go through, step by step, how to register for Subject Tests so you don’t run into any confusion along the way.

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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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