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 U.S. History in eleventh grade, then you should take
the SAT II U.S. History 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.)
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 website at www.collegeboard.com
or do some research
in your school’s guidance office.
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.