to the SAT II
II Subject Tests are created and administered by the
College Board and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the two
organizations responsible for producing the dreaded SAT I (which
most people call the SAT). The SAT II Subject Tests were created
to act as complements to the SAT I. Whereas the SAT I tests your
critical thinking skills by asking math and verbal questions, the
SAT II Subject Tests examine your knowledge of a particular subject,
such as Writing, U.S. History, Physics, or Biology. The SAT I takes
three hours; the Subject Tests take only one hour.
In our opinion, the SAT II Subject Tests are better tests
than the SAT I because they cover a definitive topic rather
than ambiguous critical thinking skills that are difficult to define. However,
just because the SAT II Subject Tests do a better job of testing
your knowledge of a useful subject doesn’t mean the tests are necessarily
easier or demand less studying. A “better” test isn’t necessarily
better for you in terms of how easy it will be.
- Because SAT II Subject Tests
cover specific topics such as Grammar, Chemistry, and Biology, you
can study for them effectively. If you don’t know the structure
of DNA, you can look it up and learn it. The SAT IIs are therefore
straightforward tests: if you know your stuff, you’ll do fine.
- Often, the classes you’ve taken in school have already
prepared you well for the SAT IIs. If you’ve taken a Biology class,
you’ve probably covered most of the topics that are tested on the
SAT II Biology test. All you need is some refreshing and refocusing,
which this book provides.
- Because SAT II Subject Tests quiz
you on specific knowledge, it is much harder to “beat” or “outsmart”
an SAT II test than it is to outsmart the SAT I. For the SAT I, you
can use all sorts of tricks and strategies to figure out an answer.
There are far fewer strategies to help you on the SAT II. Don’t
get us wrong: having test-taking skills will help
you on an SAT II, but knowing the subject will help you much, much
more. In other words, to do well on the SAT II, you can’t just rely
on your quick thinking and intelligence. You need to study.