How to take the SAT subject tests

<p>I want to take the SAT Subject tests in math, bio, chem, physics
except I won't be taking AP Chem, AP Physics, & AP Cal till my senior yr in high school.
For the scores to be used in my college application, I would need to take them before senior yr(or at least before it is over)
What should I do?
Do I prepare independently? How?
Some colleges require them.
I live in the Il, and everything is focused on the ACT
I plan to take the SAT interdependently,but what about the subject tests.</p>

<p>Do a lot of studying summer before senior year! Although, it doesn't have a great rep, use sparknotes site for preparation! helps so much! make a free account and take advantage of all the resources. take them in october! good luck!</p>

<p>For math II, you only need up to precalculus. The best way to prepare for all of these is to get some prep books. If money is an issue, see if your local library or school library has copies, or you could go to a bookstore, sit down, and work with the books there. Barron's is the best for all of these subjects because it overprepares you, but be warned that their practice tests are more difficult than the actual test. Princeton Review is very good and generally has practice tests around the same level as the test, and of course, the Collegeboard SAT Subject Test book has one practice test in each of the subject areas.</p>

<p>I have a question about these subject tests-- if a university wants to see two subject tests, why would anyone take more than two? Is there any advantage to taking three or more?</p>

<p>Taking more than two lets you pick which best two to send, at least that's how I see it. It's a better method than retaking a low score since you then have to improve, not just take the test once. Some colleges even want 3. I'm going to take 3, just to be on the safe side.</p>

<p>How hard would you say these exams are?
By the time I take them, I will have finished honors level classes of all of them(& AP Bio)
Are they harder than AP exams and how much prep time is necessary?</p>

<p>In my opinion, they're easier than AP exams, and the amount of prep time you need will depend on how high you score on practice tests. You should get some prep books and try a diagnostic test or use one of the practice tests in the back, and follow the instructions to score it. If you're, say, 50 points under where you want to be, you won't need a lot of studying time - perhaps a month or less if you're diligent. If you're 100 points under, you'll need more time.</p>

<p>This is also strictly my opinion and what I've heard from my friends, but I believe math is the easiest, followed by chemistry, physics, and then biology. Of course, it'll depend on you and your strengths too.</p>

<p>Some schools want specific subjects, so you might need 3 even if only 2 are needed per school. Some also prefer 3 or 4 but require only 2.</p>