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SAT-2 (Subject Test)

 
SAT-Subject Test (SAT-2)

The Subject Tests are designed to measure students’ knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction. The tests’ content evolves to reflect current trends in high school curricula, but the types of questions change little from year to year.

Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admissions test where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interest.

SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendation, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas:
  • English
    • Literature
  • History and Social Studies
    • United States History
    • World History
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics Level 1 (For students who have taken three years of college-prep math, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry)
    • Mathematics Level 2 (For students who have taken more than three years of college-prep math, including two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and elementary functions – math analysis or calculus)
  • Science
    • Biology E/M
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Languages
    • French
    • French with Listening
    • German
    • German with Listening
    • Spanish
    • Spanish with Listening
    • Modern Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Chinese with Listening
    • Japanese with Listening
    • Korean with Listening
 
Grading Scale

The SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 and is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. The test is administered several times a year.

Exam Fee – 2017-18

Basic registration fee: $26
Language Tests with Listening: add $26
All other Subject Tests: add $21

Fee Waiver

Eligible students may receive two fee waivers to take SAT Subject Tests across two sittings. Students may take up to three SAT Subject Tests in each sitting. These are in addition to the fee waivers given for the SAT.

Ordering
You can order the exam in the following manner:
  1. Order On-line at www.collegeboard.com
  2. From mail-in registration, pick up packet at your local high school
  3. Photo Required for Registration – You must provide a photo with your registration, which will become part of your Admission Ticket. For specifics regarding photo, visit the collegeboard website.
  4. Standby test taking is not permitted. In some cases, you can request Waitlist Status if you miss the last registration deadline, or if your paper registration has been returned unprocessed without enough time to resubmit it. Waitlist Status may be available beginning from the last registration deadline up until five days before test day. Although every effort will be made to seat applicants who request Waitlist Status, we cannot guarantee that you will be admitted to the test center on test day. Those on the Waitlist are seated after all regularly registered test-takers have been admitted and if sufficient test materials, staff and seating are available.
  5. Test registration on test day at the test center is not available.
Test Center Location, Code and Dates of Exams
 
Test Center Code 10/3/15 11/07/15 12/05/15 01/23/16 05/07/16 06/04/16
Arvin 05-141   Yes     Yes  
Bakersfield College 05-130 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Centennial 05-129 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CSUB 05-132       Yes   Yes
East 05-146 Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Foothill 05-143 Yes       Yes  
Frontier 05-137 Yes Yes Yes   Yes  
Garces 05-128 Yes       Yes Yes
Highland 05-422 Yes Yes Yes     Yes
Independence 05-424 Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Liberty 05-897   Yes   Yes    
North 05-148 Yes   Yes   Yes  
South 05-899 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stockdale 05-135 Yes Yes     Yes Yes

School Test Codes

School School Test Code
Arvin 050-160
Bakersfield 050-205
Centennial 050-209
East 050-210
Foothill 050-213
Frontier 054-058
Golden Valley 050-259
Highland 050-218
Liberty 050-196
Independence 054-242
Kern Valley 051-342
Mira Monte 054-317
North 050-220
Ridgeview 050-202
Shafter 053-360
South 050-223
Stockdale 050-217
West 050-224
 
 
 
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updated Sept. 2017