Should I take Math 2?

<p>I'm applying to USC, Northwestern, Columbia, UCLA, LMU, Claremont McKenna, and a couple safety schools as a Poli Sci major with a minor in Drama.</p>

<p>I'm also really bad at math, and have gotten straight Cs since I was a sophomore.</p>

<p>Should I take the Math 2 subject test tomorrow, even though my major/future career has nothing to do with math? And if I do take it and do horribly, how will that affect my applications/acceptances?</p>

<p>Please let me know ASAP, because the test is tomorrow. Thank you!</p>

<p>No offense and please don't take it the wrong way but why do you think you can make it into Northwestern, Columbia or even UCLA with Straight C's in math? I have one C and I'm worried I'm not gonna make it into UVA.</p>

<p>No offense taken. My grades have otherwise range good to great, I'm an excellent writer with a great resume of volunteer work, extracurriculars, and leadership, and have several teachers who would write great recommendations for me. </p>

<p>I'm also applying as a minority, African American, and am in the first generation in my family to go to college.</p>

<p>I guess I'm hoping my poor performance in math won't prevent me from studying to be a lawyer, especially since I don't plan on math being a major force in my career.</p>

<p>It probably won't prevent you from studying as a lawyer, and it would be great if you take it and do well on it (as it will help to convince them that you aren't bad in math despite low math grades). however, I would not take it tmrw but rather practice quite a bit and take it next time SAT comes around. That way you will be well prepared and you will let colleges know that you are not weak in math. </p>

<p>Also, I think you have to take it if you want to apply to Northwestern, right? It was on my list of schools to consider, but maybe I am thinking of a different school.</p>

<p>thank you very much!</p>

<p>There is no need to take a math subject test unless the colleges you are interested in require it, the majors you are interested require lots of math (ie science, engineering) or you are strong in math.</p>

<p>If none of the above, pick another subject. There are 5 categories. Pick from the other categories.</p>

<p>@Listen Loud: I just checked and Northwestern recommends Math 2 but only requires it for its Science, Math, and Medical students.</p>

<p>Honestly, no reason NOT to take it. If you study hard for it and ace it, it might do something to offset your low math grades. If you do poorly on it, well, it'll fall in line with your math grades. Doesn't seem like there is much to lose.</p>

<p>I took it today and I think I did pretty badly. I left 16 blank but I didn't guess on any. Thank you!</p>

<p>Don't worry about it. Your transcript already shows math is not a strong suit. Your SAT II score will probably be in line with what they would expect you to get.</p>