Tip from Josie: Don’t forget your Subject Tests!

Josie Francois2Hi everyone, my name is Josie Francois and I am a rising junior at Harvard College concentrating in Chemistry with a secondary in Economics. I have worked as a tutor at HSA Tutoring for a few years now and I really enjoy it. I want to help students perform to the best of their ability, whether in class or on standardized tests.

Today I will be providing information on SAT Subject Tests. SAT Subject Tests are hour long tests on specific subjects. Many colleges in the U.S., including many highly selective colleges, require or recommend subject tests. If you think you may apply to a school that requires or recommends subject tests, I would recommend taking subject tests and taking them as early as possible. Keep in mind that some colleges require subject tests if you submit your SAT score but not if you submit your ACT score.

Most colleges that require subject tests require two tests in different subjects. I recommend taking two or three subject tests, one of which should be a language test if you are considering pursuing a language in college or your college has a language requirement. Some colleges use language subject tests to place students in an appropriate level and some allow students to use language subject tests to fulfill a language requirement if students score high enough.

Since subject tests are content based, I recommend taking them right after you have taken a course on the subject, or towards the end of the course. For example, if you are taking U.S. History this year and want to take the U.S. History subject test, you should take it in May or June before you have the chance to forget what you have learned. For language subject tests with the listening section, you don’t have a choice of dates since the tests are only offered in November. Try not to wait until right before college application deadlines to take your subject tests. And remember, you can’t take SAT Subject Tests and the SAT on the same day and you can only take up to three subject tests in one day, so plan accordingly.

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