Like AP exams,
colleges put a lot of stock in the SAT II subject tests. In fact, some Ivy
League and top-tier universities require at least two SAT II subject tests to
be taken before a student is even eligible to apply to that university.
Like CLEP, the SAT II
subject tests are created by the College Board to assess college level
knowledge of a subject. Also like CLEP, colleges are often willing to grant
credit if a student scores well on the SAT II exam.
If your child is strong in a particular subject, the SAT II is a
great way to show off his strengths, causing college admissions counselors to
stand up and take notice.
However, it is
generally said that the SAT II exams are very difficult. My daughter took the
SAT Literature exam and found this hour-long exam to be much more challenging
than the actual English section of the SAT. But she scored higher on the SAT II
Literature exam than she did on the SAT English exam and received six hours of
college credit for the exam upon entering the University of Georgia.
If your child plans
to take a SAT II subject test, he should take it immediately after completing
the course associated with that exam. There are 20 different exams covering
English, math, science, and foreign language. The test dates are determined by
the College Board and you must register on their website in order to take the
test (just like with the regular SAT). Not every test is offered every month,
so it’s important to check the dates well in advance. You can find all the
information you need at http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-subject-test-dates
As with Dual
Enrollment, keep in mind that if your child has a specific field they
want to study, placing out of the beginning level courses is not the best way
to shine in college. You want professors to see your child’s potential and you
want to make sure your child learns the specific contents of the course the
university teaches before entering the next level course.
If your child feels
strong in a particular subject, why not have him take the SAT II subject test?
It could make the difference between an acceptance letter and a rejection