26 Jun, 2021 11:38 AM

SAT subject test help?

I want to apply to georgetown university and was recently looking at the requirements. I saw that they want me to have three SAT subject test scores, but before I read this, I had never even heard of them. What if the state I live in stresses the act not sat? I guess my question is, can someone explain anything about this to me please?

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26 Jun, 2021 11:38 AM

Unfortunately, Georgetown University is both the only college to require three SAT subject tests and among the only to ask them of those who take the ACT as well. It is very doubtful that they will care whether or not the ACT is the most popular standardized test in your state, as the SAT II is taken separately from the ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test; as such, you are neither benefited nor disadvantaged by the requirement if you take the ACT.

If you're worried that you won't be able to take enough tests by the deadline, realize that you can take up to three subject tests on a given test date (though most people take two, because that is the requirement for most colleges).

Having said this, you don't have much to worry about. Because the subject tests allow you to choose the subjects you specialize in, it is typical for between 2 and 12 percent of those taking a given test to receive a perfect score. That's not to say they aren't hard, but you usually receive a *very* generous curve to work with. Also, for a few precautions: 

1. You should be cautious before taking a test in a language you are not fluent in (native speakers tend to throw the curve off)

2. Don't take Math Level 1 if you have experience with trigonometry and precalculus; the curve is much more challenging.

3. Be cautious before you take the Literature, because it's far harder than critical reading. You'll be expected to think very deeply about some very vague and challenging passages. Additionally, you won't encounter sentence completions, which can buy you some extra time for the (typically) more time-consuming comprehension questions.

4. Most of these tests require a level of knowledge comparable to that demanded by the AP tests, so if you haven't taken an AP class in a given subject, I would recommend that you study for it independently to ensure that you're ready.

Hopefully this can help you out. Good luck!