Is it better to exceed the SAT II requirements or meet them?

<p>Is it better to exceed the SAT II requirements or meet them?</p>

<p>A little background about my situation: I've taken AP Physics B and Precalculus in my previous sophomore year and I recieved 5 on the AP Physics exam. I never took the SAT II Physics exam and I'm wondering if I should, considering that I love Physics. </p>

<p>I'm going to be taking Math IIC this fall for sure so I don't know if I can handle 2 SAT IIs because I seriously want to get 800s on both. So far, my Math IIC isn't that strong (I score around 700s on pretests) but I know that Math IIC is probably more important than Physics..</p>

<p>The thing is, should I re-study all of Physics for this SAT II? Should I study it later so I can take the Physics C exams also? I don't really know how to allocate time to take the Physics test effectively. Should I aim for AP awards by taking more APs? Which AP awards are worth the time and effort which goes into studying? </p>

<p>If my SATs are weak (1800ish), should I consider dropping this to study for that? I would like to take my SATs in the Spring/Summer of next year and then again in the Fall (beginning of Senior year). </p>

<p>I'm also planning on taking SAT II Bio at the end of this upcoming school year because I will be taking AP Bio along with APES. </p>

<p>The colleges that I want to apply to only need 2 SAT II subject tests but I'm not sure if I should stay or exceed that amount. I'm assuming that exceeding (with good test scores) would be a good sign right? Do they see all of your SAT II scores/SAT I/ AP scores? </p>

<p>If I take 3 SAT IIs, will I satisfy all of the requirements for ** any** college? All UCs require only 2 subject tests, correct? Is this the correct website for admissions for all UCs?: </p>

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<p>Thanks in advance!</p>

<p>By the way, I'll be taking 5 APs next year so... I don't think I can fit any more APs onto my list. Also, if you self-study for an AP (without taking the class) and then you recieve a bad score, is there anyway to not let colleges see your score? </p>

<p>Also, I've checked the UC website on their online applications. Do most colleges now have online apps? What is the "common app" and why do people use it? Is it better to send online applications or typed paper applications? Have any of you ever encountered problems with online apps? </p>

<p>Thanks again.</p>

<p>There is a lot of questions! </p>

<p>Anyways -</p>

<li><p>I don't think there's any harm in exceeding the number of SAT 2 tests that you take, because they will see all of your scores and you can put the extra scores in "additional information" if there isn't space. Some colleges even give additional spaces for SAT 2 exams. I personally took six and all of them were 750+, so I thought it was pretty good. I can't say that it will definitely help, though. I just think it looks better.</p></li>
<li><p>At this point, I think you shouldn't worry about AP-self studying or extra SAT 2s yet. You need to raise that SAT 1 score, because it will be more important than SAT 2 or AP scores. You need to meet the basics before you attempt to do extra stuff. Get a solid SAT 1 score, and 2 solid SAT 2 scores, and you can pretty much do whatever you want. It's worth the effort to study for Math 2C, because it's almost an universal SAT 2 test now that a vast majority of the student population takes - so put that as your primary focus. Then take something else that you know you will get a good score on. If it's physics, then go ahead.</p></li>
<li><p>You will satisfy the requirements for all colleges if you take 3 SAT 2 tests. There are a couple schools (like Harvard) that still require 3 SAT 2s, but the vast majority now require 2 tests only. No school requires 4 SAT 2s.</p></li>
<li><p>That is the right website for UC admissions.</p></li>
<li><p>AP scores are self-reported on the application. This means you don't need to send in an official transcript to your college (like SAT 1 and SAT 2s) and thus, you can "hide" the bad scores by not writing them down at all. But if you took an AP course at school and you didn't report the corresponding AP exam, then it would look weird, so make sure you do well on the APs that you signed up for at school.</p></li>
<li><p>The vast majority of schools now use online applications. The common app is an "universal application" that lets you quickly apply to 300+ schools with one application. Granted, you would have to fill out supplements (additional forms that each individual school wants along with the Common App) for most selective colleges on Common App, but it still makes your life easier because you don't have to refill a lot of information like your house, your parents, your scores...etc.</p></li>
<li><p>It is better to send online applications because processing is easier both for you and for the college. Everything is electronized now and it just makes filing and filling forms out easier and less time consuming if you type in an online form, rather than having to mess with typewriters or other word-processing programs.</p></li>
<li><p>If you apply too close to the deadline (for example, if you are applying online at Dec 31 when the deadline is Jan 1), the server might crash because a lot of people are trying to get their applications in, but I filled out 15 online applications on different servers and there isn't a single glitch at all.</p></li>

<p>Taking more than the required number of SAT IIs is good because it allows you to choose the best two.</p>

<p>I would say no more than 3. Otherwise, you might look like a test machine.</p>

<p>Ok, well I will be taking AP Bio, APES, and AP Chem this year and I'm wondering if I should just take SAT II Bio rather than SAT II Physics.</p>

<p>AP Bio, APES, and AP Chem have some things in common right? How much would you say overlaps in content? 5%? 10%?</p>

<p>Is the curve in SAT II Physics better than that of SAT II Bio though? What about SAT II Chem? I'm not sure which one of the sciences I should take. I haven't studied Physics since the AP exam so I don't know if it will be worth the time to re-study it...</p>

<p>SAT II Physics curve is the nicest, Chem the 2nd nicest, and Bio is just pure....evil.</p>

<p>I got 780 on Chem with leaving 5 blank and 630 on Bio with leaving like none blank....>_<</p>

<p>According to the Blue Books Curve for Physics, you can get like 5-15 wrong out of 80 and still get a curve for an SAT II there is, except mabye WOrld History</p>

<p>Are the curves relatively the same for any SAT II test? Would curves be much lower in October or June and leaner in other dates? Why is the Physics curve so much higher than chem? Is Physics harder then chem and bio?</p>

<p>Yep, exactly why</p>

<p>A lot of college application forms have space for six SAT II scores--check the forms of the colleges you are applying to. It should never hurt to submit as many SAT II tests as you are willing to be well prepared for.</p>

<p>The UC app will only allow you to enter two Subject Test scores, but they must be in different disciplines.</p>

<p>Yes, all tests are normalized, so it makes no difference when you take them.</p>