SAT Test Preparation
In addition to the general SAT, Educational Tutorial Services test preparation in specific subject areas. SAT Subject Tests are typically required for student admission to college. Test results are also used for course placement and selection. Each test is comprised of multiple-choice questions. The College Board administers these one-hour exams to measure student knowledge in a particular academic subject. More importantly, the exams determine how well students can apply that knowledge. Educational Tutorial Services offers test preparation programs for the following SAT Subject Tests:
The SAT Subject Test in Literature requires students to read 6-8 short writings and answer a total of 60 multiple-choice questions related to the excerpts. This exam measures student ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret literary writings. Students are expected to have a fundamental understanding of basic terms used in critical reading of literature including theme, tone, and argument. Students are not required to have knowledge about specific authors or their works. The exam may include literature from the Renaissance period to modern day works.
SAT Biology E/M
The SAT Subject Test in Biology is comprised of two separate tests. The E test is the Ecological test while the M test is the Molecular exam. The exam consists of 80 questions. Both tests have the same 60 core questions with the final 20 questions based on E or M specification. Students decide which test to take when they arrive for their exam. These tests are most appropriate for students who have completed a minimum of one year of honors biology and one year of algebra.
The SAT Subject Test in Chemistry consists of 85 multiple-choice questions. The test measures student knowledge of chemistry at the college-preparatory level. Students typically take this exam their senior year of high school after completing a minimum of one year of honors or AP chemistry. It is also expected that students have Algebra 2 prior to taking this exam because higher level math is needed to be successful.
The SAT Subject Physics Test requires students to answer 75 multiple-choice questions in one hour. The test measures student knowledge of basic introductory physics concepts. Student ability to reason and problem-solve are also assessed. Students who take this exam have completed a college-preparatory physics class in high school and plan to enter a science or math course of study in college.
SAT Math 1
The SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 1 is comparable to the math questions included on the general SAT test. Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry are the focus of this test which is comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions. Students have one hour to complete the test. Test results are generally used by colleges for course placement.
SAT Math 2
The SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2 also has 50 multiple-choice questions that have to be completed within one hour. However, this exam tests student knowledge in those areas covered by Math I as well as pre-calculus and trigonometry. It is recommended students who plan to take this test have a rudimentary understanding of statistics and probability to get a high score.
The SAT Subject Test in Spanish should be taken only after a student has completed at least two years of advanced high school Spanish classes. The test is comprised of 85 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within one hour. There are three parts to the test. Parts A and B are open-ended requiring students to fill in the blank. Part C involves the critical reading of Spanish literary passage to identify literary elements like main ideas and themes. Students must have strong skills in inference and syntax to do well on this exam.
The SAT Subject Test in German also consists of 85 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within one hour. Students are measured on their ability to understand and read German. Students who are fluent in German because of high school classes or from personal experiences can take this exam. The test can help students who wish to test-out of introductory German classes in college.
The SAT Subject Test in French is structured similar to Spanish and German with 85 multiple-choice questions. Students have one hour to complete the test which measures their reading and comprehension skills in French. This test is a good opportunity for students to meet college-level language requirements or be placed in more advanced classes.
The SAT Subject Test in Italian is comparable to the other foreign language exams. Students have one hour to answer 85 multiple-choice questions. The test measures their ability to read and understand Italian passages. Students take this test to test out of college-level introductory Italian courses or to fulfill their language requirements altogether.
SAT U.S. History
The SAT Subject Test in History consists of approximately 95 multiple-choice questions that students must answer within one hour. There are no perquisites for this exam beyond traditional high school history and social studies classes. Since the test tends to focus on changes that occurred in U.S. history rather than merely facts, it is recommended that students who plan to take this test complete an AP history class to fully understand how major social events and policies relate to historical events.
SAT World History
The SAT Subject Test in World History also has 95 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within one hour. However, this test measures student knowledge of history around the world from a political, cultural, social, and economic perspective. Questions cover from the ancient time to modern day. Tests cover information typically taught in most high school.