SAT subject tests for international students


<p>I am from Canada and in my junior year of high school and I wanted to apply to a few American schools, namely the ivies and the like. I noticed that a few very selective schools such as Princeton and Harvard require that you write at least 3 SAT II's. I realize some of the tests are Universal, like the math, but the others such as the American History (a course that is not evn offered at my school), world history, and english reflect the curriculums of American high school students and NOT canadians, and therefore can I really be expected to do well? Other then the ones i mentioned, the only other subject tests that are left are language proficiency tests, and seeing as how I only speak english, you can imagine how that would be a problem.</p>

<p>Suggestions anyone??</p>

<p>Give Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Or are you not a science student?</p>

<p>If you buy a prep book and study the stuff there you'll be fine. A friend of mine from Romania took US History and scored quite well. don't remember exactly.</p>

<p>I'd say the best combination is Math II, Chemistry and Physics. I don't think it's wise to study a whole book of US History just for the sake of the SATs, AND it interrupts your school courses</p>

<p>how about world hist and a foreigh language? canadians might do well in french for example. if you really hate sciences</p>

<p>I would think you would want to do what everyone else does and take tests in the three subjects that you think you'll score the best on. I don't recall that Princeton or Harvard require you to take any specific tests, although I think the most selective schools do like to see mastery in diverse subject areas. If you are strong in math and science you might want to take MathII and Physics, plus a subject in the humanities or a foreign language. If history and literature is your thing take a couple tests in those subjects and balance that with a science or math subject test.</p>

<p>Most students pick subjects that they are fairly sure they will do well in. The point is to make yourself look as good as possible on your application and a low SAT II score will not do that. </p>

<p>[Some schools have certain requirements on which subject tests students should take, if they're interested in a particular major. For instance, if you are interested in engineering, then you may be required to take one (or two) Math subject test as well as two science subjects. You should check the website of the schools you are applying to and find out more.]</p>

<p>Yes, MathIIc and French definitely!</p>

<p>If you've taken French all through high school (especially if your French immersion), it might be a good idea to take the SAT II. However, I've known people who've gotten 95%+ in French in a Gr 12 French course (e.g. FSF 4UO in Ontario) who didn't score too well on SAT II (650-700ish).</p>

<p>Basically, I'm stuck in the same predicament. I might end up taking German SAT II (taking 3 semesters, all that's offered, in HS), or Chinese (native speaker). I might end up taking World History as well (though I might do this at the end of my Gr. 11 year, after taking World History to the 16th Century). I'm also considering taking Bio in June (unfortunately, I'll only have finished Gr. 11 Bio since I fast tracked the course, but I probably won't be able to take Gr. 12 Bio until 2nd semester Gr. 12 year... self studying for me, I guess). I'll probably also take Math IIC after taking Gr. 11 Functions.</p>