What is the SAT and why is it important?
The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. While developed, published and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the SAT is administered by the not-for-profit College Board corporation.
The SAT is one of many factors in the admissions decision of a university. Schools also consider a student's high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation,extracurricular activities, interviews and personal essays. The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school. Most colleges and universities will accept either the ACT or SAT.
For more specific information on the importance of SAT scores at the schools you're interested in, contact the admissions offices directly.
What are SAT II Subject tests?
Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.
SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.
Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
How do I register?
SAT registration deadlines fall approximately 5 weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program. You can get a free copy of this publication from your school's guidance counselor. Or you can call ETS at 609–771–7600 and they'll send you one free of charge. You can also register online at the College Board website.