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Hardest/Easiest Subject test

frnchtoastfrnchtoast 20 replies2 threads Junior Member
Which subject tests are the hardest/easiest? And which ones will look better for college apps? Are there any that you can just take without studying much?
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  • starstraystarstray 12 replies1 threads New Member
    physics and world history both allow you to miss 15+ questions and still have an 800. the content itself is easily covered by a physics 1/APworld class, and if you're good in those classes you probably don't need outside studying to ace! colleges also rlly care about seeing math II if you want to do business/stem
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  • lec717lec717 15 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Of course if you are fluent in a language like Spanish or Korean that should be very easy for you. The general rule of thumb is just to take subject tests in subjects that you are good at. They show to colleges your proficiency in certain subjects and your academic drive.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40092 replies7404 threads Super Moderator
    edited January 13
    lec717 wrote: »
    Of course if you are fluent in a language like Spanish or Korean that should be very easy for you.
    Top colleges have little interest in Subject Tests in a foreign language in which one is fluent. It's like a native English speaker submitting TOEFL

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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35101 replies398 threads Senior Member
    "which ones will look better for college apps?"

    The hardest ones. Nope, no wowing adcoms for taking the easy way.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1612 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Completely dependent on the student student’s abilities. As noted, languages have the highest averages, but that’s because native speakers mostly take them. Spoken Chinese certainly is not “easy” for the average student. Among non-languages, Math2 has the highest average, but again, this is because very talented math students take it.

    Take the subject that you know best, are most comfortable with.

    In terms of what schools are looking for - depends on the school/major. Most STEM schools/majors want a Math and a Science. When one is specified, it’s usually Physics or Chem. The two History plus Literature would be fine for other majors, or to round out a. STEM application.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 79697 replies712 threads Senior Member
    Math level 2 is commonly an easy 800 for strong math students completing precalculus. There is a selection effect in that those completing precalculus in 11th grade tend to be stronger math students, since they are a grade advanced.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 79697 replies712 threads Senior Member
    starstray wrote: »
    physics and world history both allow you to miss 15+ questions and still have an 800. the content itself is easily covered by a physics 1/APworld class,

    AP physics 1 does not cover all topics on the subject test, although it covers things in greater depth.
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  • IntlStudentGUIntlStudentGU 5 replies2 threads New Member
    starstray wrote: »
    physics and world history both allow you to miss 15+ questions and still have an 800. the content itself is easily covered by a physics 1/APworld class, and if you're good in those classes you probably don't need outside studying to ace! colleges also rlly care about seeing math II if you want to do business/stem

    Second this. For me, world history was a combination of common knowledge and common sense
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