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Did you know that the November 1st Subject Tests are the only time to take language tests with the listening component?  It’s not too late to sign up — the late registration deadline is around October 10th.  Subject tests are a key part of the selective admissions process and most top colleges require three strong SAT Subject Test scores. You know you are ready for the language listening tests if you’ve had three years of language study, are a native level speaker or have spent time abroad studying the target language.

We hear from many students who save all their standardized testing until their junior year. This is a big mistake. As early as 9th or 10th grade, students, should try to take at least one or two SAT Subject tests in areas that correspond with their classes. Popular tests to take in 9th and 10th grade include Biology, Chemistry, Math Level I and IIC (although we don’t typically like Math level I as it is a difficult test on which to do well).

It is advantageous to have at least one strong SAT Subject test before junior year.  In 11th grade, space out the tests — use the November and January test dates to take the SAT I’s (using the March/April date as backup) and save May and June for SAT Subject Tests and AP exams.  Map out testing and plan accordingly and you will have much less stress during the often overwhelming junior year.

Visit www.CollegeBoard.com for a testing calendar.

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