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A complete guide to the SAT Subject Test

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What is the SAT Subject Test?

The Scholastic Aptitude Test - Subject Tests are individual examination in specific subjects that are taken by students who wish to demonstrate their expertise in a particular subject.

These tests are comprised of multiple choice questions and are used by many universities in USA as a second level assessment tool to admit students to courses in specialized subjects and allow the admissions committee to assess whether the prospective student can handle the rigors of the specific subject in the new destination.

Universities also use the results of the SAT subject test to place the students in the appropriate course and to advise the students about the best options for them.

Generally the test is administered on the same day as the SAT Reasoning Test and therefore the students wishing to take the SAT subject test have to take it on a different date from the reasoning test. Moreover the subject tests are offered on different days individually.

How Do Colleges Utilize SAT Subject Test Scores?

Many Universities in USA use the scores of the Scholastic Aptitude Test for the purpose of admission and to provide advice and guidance on the courses suitable to the students. Some Universities specify the exact subject that the student need to take but, often it is the students who decide on which test to attempt based on the course they intend to take up and the specific entrance criteria of the University they plan to apply.

Some of the more exclusive and competitive Universities in USA require that the students submit scores for at least two Subject Tests. For example engineering courses may make it mandatory for the student to get a score in Physics and Math Level. A few of the top colleges such as Harvard and others may even expect the students to attempt the test for three subjects all together.

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How Are SAT Subject Tests Scored & Who Should Attempt The SAT Subject Test?

Each individual test on the SAT subject is scored on a scale ranging from 200 to 800.

Students should only take Scholastic Aptitude Test Exam, if they are well prepared for it and they feel it will enhance their chances of admission. Also, students applying to colleges pursuing particular subjects require the subject test will have to take this test. However, it is better to refrain from attempting it instead of submitting sub-par results. The following points need to be in mind when it comes to deciding whether or not to take the test.

  • Determine if it is a required part of your application. If it is required, then it is important that you take the test and submit your test scores in the concerned subject.
  • Sometimes colleges do not make it mandatory but are recommended to submit the scores of the test. In such cases giving the SAT subject test is proven to be an advantage, provided you manage to score well on it.
  • A student can give the test provided if they wish to showcase specialized knowledge in a specific subject and show his or her commitment to the admission committee.

How To Prepare For SAT Subject Test?

The best way to prepare for the SAT Subject Test is to first decide on which tests you wish to attempt. For example, if you plan to take up a major subject for specialization in a STEM related course, then choose the subjects that are related to science or maths. Alternatively, if you intend to take up a course in literature, then a subject test in English literature can be your best bet.

Before starting preparation it is important to take a preliminary diagnostic test to see your level of preparation and help you understand the areas where you need to concentrate. It is important to chalk out a study plan and prepare with concentration and dedication to do well in the examination.

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Get in touch with Global Tree at Begumpet; Hyderabad for more information, tips and insights on acing your SAT Subject Test. Global Tree has SAT Preparatory coaching centers in Hyderabad with expert faculty and state of the art class rooms for SAT, GRE, GMATTOEFL Exam and other gateway exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, some universities don’t make IELTS scores mandatory and some universities have waivers during admissions through which you can enter the US without IELTS.

It depends on the course you are taking up. For English language proficiency, the best tests to choose from are IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL.

A minimum of 60% is mandatory to be eligible to go abroad. For studying abroad, you may need to submit scores of IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, PTE, GMAT, or GRE.


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