How many of you have heard the words, “Subject Tests?” These are assessments that can be recommended, required or highly suggested to take for college admissions. The goal behind these exams is to showcase a student’s strength and interest in a subject matter. College Board has created over 20 subject tests in five subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematic and sciences. Each test is an hour long and consists of all multiple-choice questions. The score ranges from 200 -800 points. The best preparation that one can get for this type of exam is to take the relevant course needed, work hard and do well in that class.
Subject tests are given approximately six times during the school year. However, there are some tests that are only offered during specific months. For example, Language with Listening is only offered during November. You do have the choice to take whichever exam you feel you will do well on, but you can only take up to three tests per test date. In addition, you cannot sit for the Subject Test and regular SAT on the same test date.
Not all students take the Subject Tests, in fact there is a smaller percentage that sits for this exam, then the regular SAT Test. If you want to further show a college your deep passion and interest in a particular subject matter, than this test might be useful for you. If you score well, in the 700 -800 range, then you can help yourself stand out in the College Admissions process. Not to confuse you, but some colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of the Subject Tests. This is yet another reason why starting the college admissions process early is important!
Again, not all colleges require the Subject Tests. It is important to reach out to schools of interest to inquire about subject tests requirements. In my past years experiences, colleges like Georgetown, the Ivies, top tier liberal art schools and schools that are recruiting student athletes recommend students to take 2 to 3 subject tests.
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