What are SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject Tests are knowledge-based college admissions exams in specific academic areas, used by students to showcase their strengths. Almost all the “top 70” colleges scrutinize SAT Subject Test scores, but most other schools do not.

Once known as SAT IIs or Achievement Tests, SAT Subject Test scores matter for admissions purposes. Competitive schools require two or three strong scores. Ivy League schools use the SAT Subject Tests as part of their “Academic Index” for athletes.

Good school grades generally result in strong SAT Subject Test scores. Thus, Subject Test mastery can coincide with a strong report card.

What you can expect as a client:

  • 6 to 15 hours with a tutor per subject.
  • Testing-taking strategies, and content.
  • Straightforward questions and answers
  • The essentials that aren’t covered in school.

May and June are Ivy Bound’s preferred test dates for students coming to the end of a course they will not take next year. The Subject Tests are offered six times a year, but not all consistently.

Once settled on a test date, our preference for the “cram tests” (those testing knowledge more than skills) is to start with a tutor three to six weeks prior to that test. This too differs from SAT; for “cram” Subject Tests, tutoring right up to the test is optimal.

Ivy Bound tutors have helped students on all levels achieve SAT Subject Test success.

Cram Tests

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • US History
  • World History

Non-Cram Tests

  • Math
  • English Literature
  • Foreign Languages

If studying for two Subject Tests that you’ll take in May and June, tutor for the non-Cram test first and the Cram second. So February and early March are good prep times for Math, English or a language; late April and early May are good prep times for Science or History.

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