SAT II Subject Tests

SAT Subject tests are a requirement for most students when applying to the United States for College. Contact Wentworth Tutors to see how we can help you prepare for the SAT II Subject Tests.

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SAT II Subject Tests

What are the SAT II Subject Tests?

SAT Subject tests are a requirement for most students when applying to the United States for College. Traditionally, most universities required 3 Subject Tests, however that number has recently dropped to most schools with a few exceptions. There are 20 tests covering 5 subject areas.

The test SAT II Subject Test Options

  • Biology (E: Ecology, M: Molecular)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (Level 1 or Level 2)
  • Physics
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Spanish with Listening
  • Chinese with Listening
  • French
  • French with Listening
  • German
  • German with Listening
  • Latin
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese with Listening
  • Korean with Listening
  • United States History
  • World History

What do the SAT II Subject Tests Assess?

These tests are meant to assess the “second year” of the subject when taken in high school. Therefore, they are at the level of a 16-18 year old who is taking these subjects for their final leaving examination. In America, they most closely follow the Advanced Placement (AP) syllabi for the respective subjects.

I am in a school system outside the US, which SAT II Subject Tests should I take?

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Generally, if you are in the UK system, you should aim to take the subjects that you are taking to A level as Subject Tests. For the IB, you have more choice due to the number of subjects. If you are not taking any languages, sciences, or mathematics, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your options. We often recommend Latin, as the GCSE syllabus is strong.

When should I take the SAT II Subject Tests?

Most students will take their subject tests in the spring of the penultimate year of school, regardless of school system. Sometimes, tests need to be taken in the autumn of the final year of school.

How much preparation is required for the SAT II Subject Tests?

Most students will need to invest at least two months of work and up to six months, depending on current skill level in the subject assessed. If you are an international student not studying in the US system, you will have gaps in all of the subjects, and you therefore will need to prepare for the exams. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss.

Which schools don’t require the SAT II Subject Tests?

Schools generally fit into the category of “requiring” subject tests or “considering” subject tests. If you are in school outside the United States, subject tests provide another data point to compare you to US students and so are generally extremely helpful. Nevertheless, the schools that don’t absolutely require Subject tests are the following:

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont McKenna
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Davidson College
  • Hamilton College
  • Ithaca College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Middlebury College
  • NYU
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Pomona College
  • RPI
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • UC Davis
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Notre Dame
  • USC
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Selected SAT II Subject Tests Testimonials

Please see below some example SAT II Subject Tests Testimonials that we have received. If you would like to hear more, you may be interested to read about our tutor guarantee or to read about Wentworth Tutors' philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. Alternatively, some more SAT II Subject Tests Testimonials can be found on our dedicated testimonials page, where you can filter by subject.

SAT I | David Wilkinson

"David always arrives promptly and well-prepared. He has an energetic, disciplined manner that has really inspired my son." ... See David Wilkinson's tutoring profile.

SAT/ACT | Sophia Ohler

"We're very impressed with Sophia, she's lovely and [my daughter] gets on with her very well. Sophia is very inspiring and a good role model for [her]." ... See Sophia Ohler's tutoring profile.

SAT II [Chemistry] | Dr Katherine Wiles

"Katherine was fantastic at knowing what parts of the Chemistry syllabus I hadn’t covered. My score improved from a 650 to a 790!" ... See Dr Katherine Wiles's tutoring profile.

SAT | Wentworth Tutors Private Tutoring

"[The tutor] was fantastic at knowing what parts of the Chemistry syllabus I hadn’t covered. My score improved from a 650 to a 790!"

Selected Profiles of our SAT II Subject Tests Tutors

Please see below some example profiles of the SAT II Subject Tests Tutors that we represent. If you would like to hear more, you may be interested to read about our tutor selection criteria or to read about Wentworth Tutors' philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. Alternatively, some more SAT II Subject Tests Tutor profiles can be found on our dedicated tutors page, where you can filter by subject.

Born in New York City, I moved to the UK when I was 12 years old. I attended two North London day schools: The Hall and University College School. I completed both US and UK university applications. I attended Georgetown University, where I earned a Bachelor's degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

I am familiar with the challenges associated with applying to US universities from the UK, as well as what is required to prepare for the SATs in the UK system. I have worked as a trained English teacher abroad and a junior athletic coach in New York City. ...
After achieving straight A*s at GCSE and A-level, I graduated from UCL with a First Class Honours Degree specialising in economics, psychology, neuroscience, French and geography.

Since then, I have focussed all of my energy on engaging with education in as many ways possible: I have become a guest lecturer at UCL (on an undergraduate course), a teacher at a secondary school in London, and an education consultant to the Times Educational Supplement (TES). I am also lucky enough to have been asked to have a role on the Board of Directors for World Education Connection, an initiative that connects thousands of students from the USA and Tanzania using technology each year.

I am currently undertaking a Master's in Education, whilst being a full-time teacher and professional musician. ...
I graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in Human Biology -- my area of concentration is Cultural Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary field combining anthropology, psychology, and neurobiology. Though I majored in Human Biology, I also excelled in all my other courses (English, math, chemistry), earning above a 4.0 upon graduation. After university, I taught in the Human Biology department at Stanford, teaching courses such as Human Evolution, Child Psychology and Development, and Health and Environmental Policy. For the past two years, I have been working at a customer experience tech start-up, and I am now pursuing an MA in Service Design at the Royal College of Art. ...
I was brought up in Paris and moved to London to study at Imperial College, where I obtained a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Theoretical Physics with High First Class honours. My research focused on the way in which alternative logic systems can help us bridge the gap between quantum mechanics and relativity. I was awarded Associateship of the Royal College of Science.

Although I am a science specialist, I also have a strong background in English and Verbal Reasoning. I sat the GRE in 2016 for entrance to US Grad School and got exceptionally good grades (Verbal Reasoning - 99th percentile, Analytical Writing - 93rd percentile).

Since 2011, I have offered private tuition for all major examination boards as well as working for the Imperial College summer schools. ...
I'm originally from New York, and have been living in London for a bit over a year now. After graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing (Cum Laude), I received my Master's degree from the London Film School. I've been privately tutoring for years, as a peer tutor on Harvard's campus with the Bureau of Study Council, as well as with private agencies. I also have extensive experience as an Admissions Representative in the Harvard Admissions Office. I specialise in the American curriculum and US College Counselling, but know and work with the English curriculum as well. ...
I am a recent graduate of the University of Oxford, where I received a first-class MPhil in Politics. At Oxford, I was a Rhodes Scholar at New College, and I served as Tutor in politics at Keble College. Prior to my arrival in the United Kingdom, I attended Brown University, where I double-majored in history and economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation in 2014, I spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I am fluent in both American and British education systems — and have a passion for education, more broadly. My areas of expertise are maths, history, Spanish, College Counselling and preparation across the board. ...
I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and won an academic scholarship to Sherborne School at the age of 13. When I was 16 years old my family relocated to the United States, so I completed my secondary education at a competitive high school in the Houston area. After quickly adjusting to the American system, I achieved excellent results in my AP exams and SAT tests and received a place in the prestigious Plan II Honours program at the University of Texas at Austin. I graduated a year early with high honours, a second major in History, and an undergraduate dissertation that was awarded special honours. I have experience tutoring for the SAT exam and experience teaching the American public school curriculum in the humanities. I specialize in preparing UK students wishing to transfer to the US, as well as in History, Government, and Politics at multiple levels including GCSE, A-Level, AP exam, and undergraduate courses. ...
I went to both a Grammar school and Millfield boarding school where I achieved my GCSE's and A-levels (Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geography). In my final year at Millfield I sat the SAT and SAT II (Math & Biology) exams and went on to study Neurobiology at Harvard College. After completing my undergraduate degree, I am now studying graduate medicine at Kings College London. Before starting my second degree I went to China where I worked as a teacher and as an Education consultant. I have been working for Wentworth for over a year now, mainly focusing on the ISEE and SAT exams. ...
I graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2012 with a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences and the Cambridge University Physiology Prize for excellence in my written dissertation. Raised in both Princeton, New Jersey and Cambridge, England, I am an expert in the differences between the American and English educational systems as I was accepted as an undergraduate to Harvard, Princeton, MIT, CalTech, and Cambridge. I have been tutoring since 2005 as both a private tutor and in the non-profit sector. ...
My approach as a tutor is deeply informed by my commitments to writing and the visual arts. With each student, I emphasise close reading, looking, and sustained attention as key tools for critical thought. Having graduated from an American liberal arts college, my teaching expertise spans all humanities subjects and I am an expert in US College applications. ...