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 are meant to
complement 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, easily
studied topic rather than ambiguous critical thinking skills. However, just
because the SAT II Subject Tests do a better job of testing your
knowledge of a 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, you can study for them effectively. If you
don’t know a topic in mathematics, such as how to find the slope
of a line, you can easily look it up and learn it. The SAT II tests
are straightforward: if you know your stuff, you’ll do well.
- Often, the classes you’ve taken in school have already
prepared you for the SAT IIs. If you’ve taken two years of algebra
and a year of geometry, you’ll have studied the topics covered by
the SAT II Math IC. All you need is some refreshing and refocusing,
which this book provides.
- In preparing for the Math, History, or Chemistry
SAT II tests, you really are learning math, history, and chemistry.
In other words, you are gaining valuable, interesting knowledge.
If you enjoy learning, you might actually find the process of studying
for an SAT II test to be worthwhile and gratifying—few can say the
same about studying for the SAT I.
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 or strategies to figure out an answer. There are far fewer
strategies to help you on the SAT II. To do well on the SAT II,
you can’t just rely on your natural smarts and wits. You need to