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GENERAL SAT II TEST INFORMATION

Important Details about the SAT Subject Tests:
 
Some colleges and universities require applicants to take one or more SAT Subject Tests. Scores of such tests can be used for admissions decisions as well as class placement. Check with the schools that you are considering to see what tests they require.

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests. All SAT Subject Test scores are on a 200–800 point scale.
Though some Subject Tests have unique formats, they all consist of multiple-choice questions. If you are taking a SAT Subject Test with Listening, which is available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, you must bring your own CD player and earphones on test day. Be sure to visit the College Board. Website to see if hour CD player meets the specifications for acceptable use. Language with Listening tests are given only in November and only at selected test centers.

The Different Subject Tests:

♦ Literature
There are approximately 60 questions on the literature test, based on six to eight passages. The passages are divided fairly evenly between the poetry and prose genres,. Approximately 30% of the exam is focused on literature of the Renaissance and the seventeenth century; 30% covers literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; 40% address literature written after 1900.

♦ Math Level 1
The Math Level 1 exam includes 50 questions. The test covers the following: algebra, trigonometry, geometry (plane Euclidean, three-dimensional, and coordinate), , statistics/probability, and miscellaneous topics (logic, elementary number theory, and arithmetic and geometric sequences). Approved scientific and graphing calculators can be used on the test. Be sure to check the calculator requirements on the College Board Web site and know how to use the calculator.

♦ Math Level 2
There are 50 questions on the Math Level 2 exam. The test covers the following: algebra, trigonometry, geometry (plane Euclidean, three-dimensional, and coordinate), functions, statistics (probability, permutations, and combinations), and miscellaneous topics (logic and proof, number theory, sequences, and limits). Approved scientific and graphing calculators can be used on the test. Be sure to check the calculator requirements on the College Board Web site and know how to use the calculator.

♦ Physics
This test consists of 75 questions on the following: electricity and magnetism; modern physics; mechanics; heat, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics; waves; and miscellaneous topics (history of physics, math, measurement, laboratory skills).

♦ Chemistry
The chemistry test consists of 85 questions. The test covers the following: with the structures and states of matter, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium and reaction rates, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry, and general laboratory skills. The test will include about five items asking you to evaluate two related statements that are based on predicting chemical reactions and/or equation balancing. Your answers will be recorded on a special section of your answer sheet.

♦ Biology E/M
There are two biology tests. Each test starts off with 60 general-knowledge biology questions on cellular and molecular biology, classical genetics, ecology, classical, organismal biology, and evolution and diversity. Students who registered to take the Biology E test have 20 additional questions on ecology. Biology M test takers have 20 additional questions on molecular biology.

♦ World History
This test contains 95 questions that cover world history from ancient times to the present. About 25% of the test is on world history through 500 C.E.; 20% covers years 500 through 1500 C.E.; 25% covers 1500 through 1900 C.E.; and 20% is on history from post-1900 C.E. The last 10% is cross-chronological.

♦ U.S. History
The U.S. history test contains between 90 and 95 questions. Approximately 20% are based on history from pre-Columbian times through 1789 and 40% are from 1790 to 1898; the rest cover the period from 1899 to the present.

♦ Chinese with Listening
The Chinese with Listening test contains 85 questions that measure usage, reading and listening comprehension of Mandarin Chinese.

♦ French
This test contains 85 questions that assess understanding of vocabulary in context, structure, and reading comprehension.

♦ French with Listening
The French with Listening test includes approximately 20 minutes of listening questions and 40 minutes of reading comprehension questions. The listening section contains pictures, short dialogues, and long dialogues. The remainder of the test addresses vocabulary, structure, and reading comprehension.

♦ German
This test contains 80 to 85 questions that measure reading ability only.

♦ German with Listening
The German with Listening test features a 20-minute listening section, including long and short dialogues. There is also a 40-minute section that covers vocabulary in context, structure in context, and reading comprehension.

♦ Modern Hebrew
This test contains 85 questions that measure reading comprehension skills, the ability to understand vocabulary in context, and knowledge of structure and context.

♦ Italian
The Italian test consists of 80 to 85 questions. It addresses vocabulary in context as well as reading comprehension skills.

♦ Japanese with Listening
This test includes 80 to 85 questions and covers listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and usage.

♦ Korean with Listening
The Korean with Listening test has 80 to 85 questions and includes a 20-minute usage section and a 40-minute reading comprehension section.

♦ Latin
This test contains 70 to 75 questions. About 65% of the test measures your translation ability, 5% covers derivatives, and roughly 30% covers grammar and syntax.

♦ Spanish
The Spanish test consists of 85 questions. Test material equally covers vocabulary and structure, paragraph completion, and reading comprehension.

♦ Spanish with Listening
This test features 85 questions, including a 20-minute listening section and a 40-minute reading section.

§ What to Take with You to the Test

Be sure to bring: a photo identification, your admission ticket, at least two No. 2 pencils (and preferably three or four), and a soft eraser. If you are taking the Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 Subject Tests, you should bring an approved graphing or scientific calculator. If you will be experiencing a Subject Test with Listening, also carry along your headphones and CD player. In addition to packing these necessities, you might bring a watch for timing purposes. Bring a snack for breaks.
 

 

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