The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT.
What’s the difference between the SAT -I and SAT Subject Test?
The SAT I exam is a 3+ hour long exam that measures students’ critical reading, math , writing, and grammar skills. The SAT I is a test that has always placed test-taking skills above actual content knowledge. In other words, the SAT I is an aptitude test, not an achievement test. Success on this test comes from becoming a good test-taker and knowing what the College Board is looking for (which is why someone can really do much better on it if they prepare the right way). The SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II) are all achievement tests – content knowledge tests in various subjects. There is an SAT Subject Test in biology for example, in world history, in many languages, etc. The SAT Subject Tests place emphasis on knowing the vocabulary and content of a particular subject area.
How much preparation does someone need to take these tests?
A meeting once a week, along with lots of mock tests, is usually sufficient and gives the student time to prepare in between meetings by doing assigned homework, learning vocabulary, etc. For the SAT Subject Tests in May or June, we advise parents and students to begin preparing by late February, early March. Students may want to think about taking the May offering of an SAT Subject Test rather than the June offering (the May exams have tended to be slightly easier over the past few years according to students who have taken both May and June SAT Subject Tests in the same subject area.
The importance of test scores.
Compass Education Strategies LLC The weight of standardized test scores relative to other pieces of the application can range from 0 percent to 80 percent. As part of the college research process, students should determine this weight based on where they’re applying. It is very college specific. A number of colleges are test optional, which means that the scores carry no weight at all. For example, if a college uses test scores to determine merit aid, then that’s important to know when deciding whether to retake. Even for colleges that use a computer rubric to determine admissions, scores are not all that matters when the high school courses take precedence.