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SAT Subject Test Dates and Deadlines for 2018-2019
Formerly known as the SAT IIs, SAT Subject Tests measure subject-specific knowledge in math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Many colleges require you to submit a certain number of SAT Subject Tests (usually 1-2), and some require specific tests, particularly if you’re applying for a certain program, like Engineering.
So if you’re planning your SAT IIs, read on to find out when the tests are held and what you need to know.
What Does the Annual SAT II Calendar Look Like?
Just like the SATs, College Board releases SAT Subject Test dates and deadlines well in advance. In fact, SAT Subject Tests share test dates with the SAT, except for March.
|SAT Date||SAT Subject Tests Available||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline|
|August 25, 2018||July 27, 2018||August 7, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
August 15, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|October 6, 2018||September 7, 2018||September 18, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
September 26, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|November 3, 2018||October 5, 2018||October 16, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
October 24, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|December 1, 2018||November 2, 2018||November 13, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
November 20, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|May 4, 2019||April 5, 2019||April 16, 2019 (for mailed registrations)
April 24, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|June 1, 2019||May 3, 2019||May 14, 2019 (for mailed registrations)
May 22, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone)
Important Notes About SAT Subject Test Dates and Registration
SAT Subject Tests share all dates with the SAT with the exception of the March sitting, which is available for the SAT only. Not all Subject Tests are available on all days, so make sure you plan ahead, remembering that there is a fee if you register late or change your test type from SAT to SAT Subject Test or vice versa.
College Board also provides more detail on SAT Subject Tests, including:
How Do You Decide Which SAT Subject Test(s) To Take?
Some colleges require SAT Subjects, while others recommend or consider them. If a college recommends that you submit scores, you should do so. You have more leeway for the scores “considered” category, so it’s a good idea to submit high scores but not low ones.
If a college on your list requires or recommends SAT Subject Tests, how do you decide which ones to take? In general, it’s best to choose ones that highlight particular skills and strengths. For example, if you’re a math whiz, you should aim to achieve a strong score on Math II. If English is your strength, go for subjects like Literature. You should also aim to show diverse skill sets, so rather than taking the two History Subject Tests, you might include a foreign language to demonstrate a broader repertoire.
Because you have a choice, colleges will expect to see high scores on your subject tests, since you’re presumably taking the tests in areas in which you’re strongest. Also, remember that some colleges or programs require specific Subject Tests, so don’t forget to double check your application checklists.
Preparing for Your SAT Subject Test(s)
First of all, make sure you know how many SAT Subject Tests the colleges on your list require and if they require any specific tests. That way, you can prepare accordingly.
Subject Tests carry different weight according to the college in the admissions process, but you should always prepare for them assuming they will play a role in your admissions decision. Practice materials are available from the College Board, so take advantage of them as part of your preparation.
The College Board also recommends certain courses and skills you should have mastered before taking the tests. Consult the recommendation preparation sections for tests you are considering taking to make sure you the necessary foundation before scheduling a Subject Test.
Tip: If you can, try to take the AP and SAT Subject Test for the same subjects around the same time; much of the content will overlap and you can prepare for the two tests by studying the same content.
Remember you don’t need to wait until junior year to take an SAT Subject Test. For example, if you’re taking an AP course sophomore year, it’s a good idea to take the corresponding SAT Subject Test around the same time as the AP exam date.
It can be overwhelming to plan and prep for your SAT Subject Test, especially if you are planning to take the SAT in the same administration. Lucky for you, College Vine has a plethora of resources to help you out, including:
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