For most students, the battle with the SAT ends when they’ve gotten the right score for their goals. But for some, the battle continues! The SAT II Subject Tests are designed to showcase mastery in specific areas of study. This can be an enormous boon to students looking to enter into competitive programs in college.
What makes the SAT Subject tests difficult?
The fact that students choose areas in which they excel means it’s going to be much tougher to outshine the competition and get a favorable percentile ranking. When you’re competing against average students, it’s much easier to stand out. But when you’re competing against the best of the best, you have to fight for your spot at the top.
And since each of the subject tests lasts only an hour, you need to hit your stride quickly or risk falling behind. Yes, it’s sink or swim—but you can learn to swim.
How can students prepare?
My personal area of expertise is The SAT Literature Subject Test. I coach students to perfect their faculties of reading and critical analysis as they work with poetry, prose, and drama. With lessons and drills designed to engage students with meaning, form, tone, figurative language, narrative voice, and characterization, students can ensure they’re at the top of their game.
Some colleges require or encourage SAT II Subject Test scores. Luckily, you can choose from 20 subject tests in the broad categories of English, history, languages, mathematics, and science. If you’re thinking of taking the Literature subject test, or are looking for advice on subject tests in general, contact us today!