When to Take an SAT II Subject Test
When to Take an SAT II Subject Test
The best time to take an SAT II Subject Test is right after you’ve finished a year-long class in that subject. If, for example, you take Biology in eleventh grade, then you should take the SAT II Biology near the end of that year, when the material is still fresh in your mind. (This rule does not apply for the Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language SAT II tests; it’s best to take those after you’ve had as much study in the area as possible.)
Unless the colleges you’re applying to use the SAT II for placement purposes, there is no point in taking any SAT II tests after November of your senior year, since you won’t get your scores back from ETS until after the college application deadline has passed.
ETS usually sets testing dates for SAT II Subject Tests in October, November, December, January, May, and June. However, not every subject test is administered in each of these months. To check when the test you want to take is being offered, visit the College Board Web site at www.collegeboard.com or do some research in your school’s guidance office.
Registering for SAT II Tests
To register for the SAT II test(s) of your choice, you have to fill out some forms and pay a registration fee. We know, we know—it’s ridiculous that you have to pay for a test that colleges require you to take in order to make their jobs easier, but, sadly, there isn’t anything we, or you, can do about it. (It’s acceptable here to grumble about the unfairness of the world.)
After grumbling, however, you still have to register. There are two ways to go about it: online or by mail. To register online, go to www.collegeboard.com. To register by mail, fill out and send in the forms enclosed in the Registration Bulletin, which should be available in your high school’s guidance office. You can also request a copy of the Bulletin by calling the College Board at (609) 771-7600 or writing to:
College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541–6200
You can register to take up to three SAT II tests for any given testing day. Unfortunately, even if you decide to take three tests in one day, you’ll still have to pay a separate registration fee for each.
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