Strategies for Taking the SAT
II Chemistry Test
A machine, not a
person, will score your SAT II test. The tabulating machine sees only
the filled-in ovals on your answer sheet and doesn’t care how you
came to those answers—it cares only whether your answers are correct.
A lucky guess counts in your favor just as much as an answer you
give confidently. By the same token, if you accidentally fill in
(B) where you meant (C), you won’t get any credit for having known
what the answer was. Think of the multiple-choice test as a message
to you from the ETS: “We score your answers, and not any of the
work behind them.” So give them right answers—as many as possible,
using whatever means possible.
We’ll start by discussing some general principles for
test taking that you can use for this test as well as any other
test you take, then we’ll move on to strategies that apply directly
to the SAT II Chemistry test.