Most students know about the infamous SAT exams. But what most people mean when they refer to the “SATs” is what’s formally known by the New York based College Board – the organization that administers the tests – as the SAT I exam. There are a whole host of additional SATs that go beyond the SAT I exam’s mission of examining general scholastic preparedness and aptitude to test a student’s knowledge of an individual subject. As of 2014, there are twenty total SAT II exams, and at Ascent Tutors, we can offer SAT II prep for any of them. The twenty exams are divided into five categories (English, History, Mathematics, Languages, and Science), and consist of the following:

  • English
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Biology/EM
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Math Level 1
  • Math Level 2
  • History
  • US History
  • World History
  • Languages
  • French/French with Listening
  • German/German with Listening
  • Spanish/Spanish with Listening
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Italian
  • Chinese with Listening
  • Korean with Listening
  • Japanese with Listening

Like the SAT I exams, the SAT IIs are offered at several points throughout the year, including in the fall, spring, and summer. While most students take the SAT I exams twice, the SAT IIs are generally taken once. They are not as overwhelmingly important as the main SATs, but a good score can still go a long way to demonstrating to a college that an applicant has mastered a specific area of study and is ready to conduct college-level work in that area. Some schools even use SAT II scores as a sort of placement exam – especially for language courses, although many schools prefer to use the AP exams for this purpose. A course of SAT II prep can bring a mediocre score up into the range that really impresses college admissions offices. Unlike the SAT I, the subject tests are designed to test knowledge rather than inherent skill, so a course of test prep makes even more of a difference in this area. Some students can go from a 500 to a 700 or even higher – perfect scores of 800 are not unheard of in the SAT II exams.

At Ascent Tutors, we find that while teachers who have expertise in a given subject are more than capable of teaching a course of SAT II prep, it is best to use a tutor who has personal experience with the test they are preparing the student for. Fortunately for us, the New York area has no shortage of talented tutors who took the SAT II subject exams when preparing for their own college exams. However obscure the subject might seem, we can find a local tutor who aced the exam and can help you achieve the same success. So if you’re looking for a New York area tutor to help you with SAT II prep, give Ascent Tutors a call today!