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The Ultimate SAT Chemistry Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

This article presents a complete SAT Chemistry study guide. I'll give you an overview of what's on the test, help you decide when to take it (or whether to take it at all), list sample questions and answers, and provide tips and resources that you can use in your studying. If you make use of the practice tools at your disposal and follow the general advice in this article, you'll be on your way to a great score!

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Are the SAT Subject Tests Changing?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests, New SAT

You probably know by now that a new, redesigned SAT rolled out in early March--a huge revamp that has been linked to the Common Core and attempts to re-secure market share lost to the ACT. This may leave you wondering: what about SAT Subject Tests? Are they changing? Will there be new SAT Subject Tests modeled after the main SAT redesign?

In a word, no. At least, not now.

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that SAT Subject Tests will now be even more different from the regular SAT than they were before the SAT redesign. 

In this article, I’ll go over the implications of the “mismatch” between the redesigned SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. How are the formats different, and how should you approach these differences? I’ll also go over how the SAT redesign has changed how Subject Test content overlaps (or doesn’t) with the regular SAT. Finally, I will engage in some wild speculation (okay, fine, evidence-based speculation) about where the SAT Subject Tests may be going in the future. 

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The Ultimate SAT Biology Subject Test Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Feb 20, 2016 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 is a popular one because a vast majority of students take biology in high school, and most people 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 test as well as example questions, practice materials, and study tips to use along the way. 

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How to Send SAT Subject Test Scores: 7-Step Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Feb 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests


While you are studying diligently for all of your SAT Subject tests, you probably aren’t thinking too hard about how and when you are going to send out all those scores to your dream schools. I get it—taking the test is the hard part, and you want to focus your energy on that.

To help you out, I’ll lay out everything you need to consider in terms of score-sending logistics and strategy: how to send SAT Subject test scores (with or without Score Choice), sending the four free reports you get with registration, special ordering circumstances, and how to cancel scores. It’s all in here!

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 19, 2015 4:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

You may be required to take SAT Subject Tests if you're applying to highly selective colleges. Thankfully, registering for subject tests is just as easy as registering for the regular SAT. It might take a bit more planning to verify that the subject test you want is being offered on a certain test date, but otherwise the process is similar. In this article, I’ll go through how to register for subject tests step by step so that you don’t run into any confusion.

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How Much Do SAT Subject Tests Cost?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 10, 2015 5:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Many competitive college programs require high school students to submit SAT Subject Test scores to be eligible for admission. This usually means spending a little more money on test registration, but fee waivers are available if you're eligible. In this article, I’ll go through how much each SAT Subject Test costs and how fee waivers work for these tests.

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SAT Subject Test Dates 2015 - 2016: How to Choose

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

If you’re planning on applying to highly selective colleges, you may be required to take two or three SAT Subject Tests. Subject Tests are offered almost as many times throughout the year as the regular SAT. In this article, I’ll go through the dates and registration deadlines and give you lists of the subjects that are offered on each date.

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 13, 2015 11:30:00 AM

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. In this article, I’ll give details on how these two types of tests compare to one 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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SAT 1 vs SAT 2: What's the Difference?

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 11, 2015 1:30:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, SAT General Info

You may have heard of something called the SAT II (or SAT 2) and wondered what it could possibly 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 difference between the SAT 1 vs SAT 2, and show you how to determine which of the tests you need to take.

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SAT Subject Test Dates Guide (2015 and 2016)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jun 5, 2015 4:17:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, SAT General Info

We have the latest information about SAT Subject Tests (also known by their old name as the SAT 2 or SAT II) test dates coming up for 2015 and 2016 in this article. While the SAT Reasoning Test (aka the SAT I) is changing this year, there is no such dramatic change coming to the content of SAT Subject Test. The test dates of the SAT Subject Test, however, will be affected. Read on to find out more!

Note: This guide covers 2015-16 only; for the current years' dates, click here.

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Complete Study Guide: SAT Physics Subject Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 29, 2015 11:27:08 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.

First, what's the format of the SAT Physics Subject Test?

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Complete Study Guide: SAT US History Subject Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 15, 2015 4:32:30 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. First, what does the test look like?

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When Should I Take the SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests, SAT Logistics

Are you planning to take the Math II SAT Subject Test for your college applications? As you know, the Math 2 subject test covers more advanced math concepts than the Math I. Because of this, you want to make sure you're taking it at the right time to achieve a high score.

This article will help you figure out exactly when is the best time for you take this test. First, let's quickly review what's on the Math 2 SAT Subject Test.

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How Many SAT Subject Tests Should I Take?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 22, 2015 6:37:00 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 to take. Let's look at the most important considerations when signing up for Subject Tests so you can be confident about your choice.

The most important factor in answering this question is the requirement of your colleges.

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SAT Subject Test Scores for the Ivy League

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 16, 2015 10:13:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

Are your sights set on the Ivy League or other top universities? As you're well aware, these institutions 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 particular part of your application - your SAT Subject Test scores. In this article, I'll go over the Subject Test requirements and expectations of top schools, as well as 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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