- What are the SAT IIs?
The SAT IIs are individual Subject Tests lasting one hour each. These tests are designed to measure knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge in specific subject areas. Students use the Subject Tests to demonstrate their preparation for college in specific content areas, whereas the SAT I functions as a standard by which the verbal and mathematical reasoning skills of college-bound students can be compared.
Subject Tests are given in five areas:
English: Writing, Literature
Mathematics: Math Level IC, Math Level IIC
History and Social Studies: U.S. History, World History
Science: Biology E/M (Ecological/Molecular), Chemistry, Physics
Languages: Chinese with Listening, French, French with Listening, German, German with Listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese with Listening, Korean with Listening, Latin, Spanish, Spanish with Listening, and ELPT™ (English Language Proficiency Test™-not accepted at UC).
The format of SAT II tests is generally multiple-choice, though there are variations; for example, the Writing Test includes a 20-minute essay section. All Subject Tests except the ELPT are scored on a 200-to-800 scale.
The SAT IIs are administered once in January, May, June, October, November, and December, though not all subjects are available on each administration date. The cost for the SAT IIs are as follows: Writing test $11, Language test $8, other tests $6, plus a $13 basic fee added to each test sitting (multiple tests can be taken in one sitting). Fee waivers are available for eligible students.
- What is the ACT?
The ACT is a standardized test designed to assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to begin college-level work. The tests cover four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Scores are reported on a scale ranging from 1 (low) to 36 (high) for each of the four tests and for the Composite. The Composite is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.
The ACT is administered five times per year, and the registration fee is $23.