In addition to the SAT or ACT, some universities may require or recommend SAT Subject Tests which are designed and administered by the College Board. Subject Tests are 1-hour tests designed to measure specific knowledge in particular academic areas like biology, literature, math, world history, and a number of other subject areas including nine languages. Each SAT Subject Test is one hour in length and only 3 Subject Tests can be taken in one sitting. There is a ¼ point penalty for each incorrect answer to discourage guessing. Not all tests are offered on each SAT test date. Check directly with the College Board website for more detail. Familiarity with the test content and format is essential for success on SAT Subject Tests.
Although the SAT may get most of the glory, at some universities the SAT Subject Tests are just as important when it comes to university admission. This is particularly true at very selective schools such as MIT and in highly competitive programs such as Engineering. Some institutions ‘recommend’ subject tests but if you’re applying to a selective school, recommended translates into required. Any time that you are competing against applicants who have submitted Subject Test scores, your application will look bare without them.
In collaboration with Can-Am Test Prep Academy, we offer group SAT Subject Test Workshops for the SAT Math II and for the SAT Subject Test in Physics every spring. These are held online- see our upcoming SAT Subject Test schedule for details. Contact Can-Am Test Prep Academy directly to register for the SAT Math II or Physics Subject Tests.
SAT and SAT Subject Tests cannot be taken on the same day. Students must pre-register to take the test at a number of designated test centers in the Greater Vancouver Area. It is recommended that you sign up two months or more in advance as the test centers can get booked quickly. Some universities allow students to self-report scores on their application while others require official results of your tests to be sent directly from the College Board.