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Which SAT subject tests should I take?

penguintablespenguintables Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
I'm definitely taking Math II in June, but not sure about my second one. I was thinking about the lit one because I'm usually good with the sort of stuff it has, but I took a few practice tests and found it too hard. In terms of languages, I tried the Spanish (no listening) one since I've been taking Spanish for the past 5 years and it's really easy and I know I could get a good score, but I thought that the purpose of subject tests was to prove your interest in a certain subject to colleges? (Since my main interest is medicine and psychology, I guess by my logic I should be taking the Bio one, but the problem is the last time I took bio was 4 years ago.) Or is the purpose of subject tessts to show how versatile you are in different subjects? If so, I'm taking Spanish for sure. In school right now, I'm taking physics, so I was also thinking about that.
So, I guess my main question is, should I take the Spanish one even though it doesn't sound too legit but I know I'll do really well on it, or should I take Physics because I know I can spend the summer self-studying for it and do well next fall? (But I really don't want to leave any major exams for next fall)

Replies to: Which SAT subject tests should I take?

  • marysidneymarysidney Registered User Posts: 572 Member
    The usual advice is to take subject tests to show that you have the capacity to master a given subject; if you are able to show mastery in both humanities and science studies, that's useful (with the exception of SATIIs submitted to tech/engineering schools, which generally have specific requirements). If you're only taking two tests, Math II and Spanish (if you are not Hispanic; if you are, it might be considered an easy option) is one good strategy. If you feel that you could blow the Physics test away, it's another good one to take. You might take the Spanish to see how you do, and then study for the Physics test if you feel you didn't do yourself justice.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,663 Senior Member
    take whatever test(s) that you can do well in. (Hint: Span is not easy for non-native speakers -- it has a tight curve, so take a couple of practice tests before registering.)
    thought that the purpose of subject tests was to prove your interest in a certain subject to colleges?

    No. The "purpose" is to demonstrate strength in different disciplines.
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