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Taking a Third SAT Subject Test

SkateDanceSkateDance 10 replies12 threads Junior Member
I recently took the SAT Subject Test for chemistry and math level 2, and scored 800 on both. Should I plan on taking a third subject test? If so, which subject would you recommend? I am a sophomore currently, and next year I will be taking AP Biology, AP Lang, and I’m taking honors american history over the summer, so I would take either the SAT biology, literature, or US history if I were to do a third test. I’m not sure how much preparation I would need for these tests. I did not prepare a lot for chemistry, and taking math was a last minute decision, so I was very surprised at scoring 800s on both. However, math and chem are probably my two strongest subjects, and I would most likely need to prep a bit more if I were to take a third one. Is it worth it?
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  • SkateDanceSkateDance 10 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Forgot to mention- I might also take AP Physics C next year (depends on if there is enough room for me and if the scheduling works out) so SAT Physics will also be an option if it gets added to my schedule.
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  • HPuck35HPuck35 2112 replies16 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    Unless you find a college that these two SAT tests won't meet their requirements, it not worth it. There's no upside, only a downside, to taking another subject test.
    edited May 2019
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  • yearstogoyearstogo 760 replies30 threads Member
    @HPuck35 I can see there is little upside to taking another but what is the downside? I thought you are able to submit only the subject tests you want to submit?
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  • samsmom20samsmom20 32 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Georgetown is the only school I know of that recommends 3 subject tests.
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  • squ1rrelsqu1rrel 415 replies31 threads Member
    @yearstogo Not worth the time.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    I might also take AP Physics C next year (depends on if there is enough room for me and if the scheduling works out) so SAT Physics will also be an option
    As an FYI, AP Physics C falls faaaaaar short of covering the topics on the Subject Test. TBH, no AO will be dazzled by more Subject Tests. Great job on the 2 you have, but your time is better spent elsewhere.
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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 2231 replies37 threads Senior Member
    No need to do another SAT Subject Test in sciences, but you may need to do another Subject Test in humanities as some colleges require/recommend one of the Subject Tests in humanities/social sciences.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    some colleges require/recommend one of the Subject Tests in humanities/social sciences.
    AFAIK, that would be a grand total of one college - NYU
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2078 replies33 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    History/Literature might show expertise in non-STEM areas, but I really think the effort to prep/take one wouldn’t be worth the value.

    Unless you’re planning on being a history/English/etc. major. Rice, for example:

    “ SAT Subject Tests in fields related to proposed area of study are required”
    edited May 2019
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 6906 replies30 threads Senior Member
    Write a great essay. Concentrate on that.
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  • Leo2016Leo2016 17 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I am planning to take SAT US history besides math and chemistry.
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  • happy1happy1 23831 replies2384 threads Super Moderator
    You are fine with the two exams unless:
    1) you plan to apply to Georgetown which requires 3 SAT II exams OR
    2) you are applying to a college that requests a SAT II in the humanities.
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