A few months ago, we shared our complete methodology for how to prepare for the SAT Subject Test Chemistry. Now, we've decided to do the same for a test many more people take: the SAT Subject Test Math Level IIC. If some of your chosen universities require you to take this exam and you're not sure what it is, check out this post that explains the SAT Subject Tests.
The Math IIC is NOT the same test as the Math IC! The content is not the same and the tests are not interchangeable. Math IIC contains more advanced topics not tested on Math IC. However, since the SAT Subject Tests are supposed to test you on concepts you actually learned in school, you will have seen many of the topics covered before. Math IIC is most often required for future math, science, or engineering majors.
Additional Topics Covered on the SAT Math IIC
We have written this guide and the notes assuming you have ALREADY prepared for and taken the SAT. Therefore, the notes do not cover topics in detail that are really important on the general SAT. The following topics are NOT on the general SAT:
Here's how we get students started and, if you're prepping on your own, we recommend you go about your preparation:
YOUR STRATEGY NOTES
Download our complete strategy notes for your SAT Subject Math Level IIC Test prep as a PDF file.
Almost everything is taken from the Sparknotes SAT Math Level 2 Guide. Here's how to use these:
1. Print the PDF or use the PDF editor on your tablet to take digital notes on the notes.
2. Read a chapter of the book and follow along in the notes.
3. Try to do the examples in the notes without using the Sparknotes book. You can use your calculator.
4. Check yourself with the Sparknotes book.
5. Complete the review exercises at the end of the Sparknotes chapter. Time yourself giving 1 minute per question (e.g., if there are 10 questions, you get 10 minutes). At the end of the time, mark where you stopped and keep working. Be faster next time. On the actual test, you have 60 minutes to complete 50 questions.
6. As you review at the beginning of your next session, review only the powerpoint (PDF) notes.
Take a diagnostic test BEFORE you start preparing. This score is your baseline score and let's you know what you would get if you took the SAT Subject Math IIC now. You'll need to write down and try to improve upon this score.
You MUST take practice tests if you intend to score over a 600 (this is a good score on the subject tests), so you'll need supplemental material. We recommend you use the Kaplan SAT Subject Test Math Level 2 book. It's also a great resource if you need more help on a certain subject. You can buy the Kaplan book at Book World by Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall. If the book isn't available, you can buy the Barron's SAT Subject Test Math Level 2 instead.
YOUR STUDY SCHEDULE
Since you probably have a lot of school work, we recommend you reserve one day a week to study for the SAT Subject Math IIC. Each session will take about 3 hours (practice tests only require 1 hour). Here's the schedule to prepare over 7 weeks. If you have less time, you'll have to do 2 days a week.
Week 1: Math IIC Fundamentals and Algebra (There are no strategy notes for the fundamentals because much of this information was included in your SAT prep. You should fly through these first 2 chapters.)
Week 2: Plane Geometry and Solid Geometry
Week 3: Coordinate Geometry; Practice Test #1
Week 4: Trigonometry; Practice Test #2
Week 5: Functions; Do the official College Board questions of pgs. 17-19 of this booklet
Week 6: Statistics and Miscellaneous Math; Practice Test #3
Week 7: Review notes; Practice Test #4
OUR EXPERT ADVICE
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If you're planning to apply to university later this year, either for Fall 2015 or for next year, we recommend getting your English language requirement (IELTS or TOEFL) out of the way. It will be one less thing to think about as you prepare for the SAT, study for final exams, or begin the application process.
Do I Really Have to Prove I Speak English?
You might be thinking "I don't have to take an exam to prove I speak English because I went to an English speaking school." Unfortunately, almost all universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia will still require you to prove you speak English. Here are the requirements from the University of Chicago that show typical requirements to NOT have to take the TOEFL or IELTS:
The English language requirement may be waived if the applicant is a native of or studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Students who studied in English in other countries, for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., are not exempt from the English language requirement.
From the last sentence, we can see that the United Arab Emirates will fall into the same category as Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. If you went to school in Dubai and don't have a passport from the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa, you'll have to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
I Went to School in the UAE and I Don't Have a "Western" Passport
So what score do you need? Well, that varies by university and by program. Some require only a 70 or above. However, the following requirements from the University of Chicago are pretty typical:
Applicants whose total score on the four-part TOEFL falls below 90 (or IELTS falls below 7) will not normally be admitted unless other demonstrable evidence of proficiency in English is available. Individual departments may set higher standards for these scores, and applicants should consult the specific program web sites for details.
Some universities like Georgia Tech now even require online interviews for non-native English speakers!
I Went to School in the UAE and I Don't Have a "Western" Passport: The Exception
There is one exception to the requirement we just mentioned: a high score on the SAT Reading section. Many universities will not require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS even if you went to school in the UAE and don't have a "Western" passport IF you earned a high score on the SAT Reading section. Here are the example requirements from Cornell University:
The TOEFL and/or IELTS requirement for international applicants is waived for students achieving a score of at least 670 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT exam.
The score you need varies based on university (usually 620 and above) so be sure to read EVERYTHING on the International Applicants section of the website of EACH university to which you are applying. If you meet the university's requirements, they will automatically waive the requirement for you so you don't need to email them.
I Went to School in the UAE and I Don't Have a "Western" Passport: Applying to the UK
If you went to school in the UAE and don't have a "Western" passport but you are applying to the UK, you must take the IELTS. You have to meet the requirements of the university and course you are applying to AND the UK Government to qualify for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. If you're applying to both UK and US universities, make the process easier for yourself and take the IELTS Academic module because it will meet everyone's requirements.
I Went to School in the UAE and I Do Have a "Western" Passport
If you went to high school in Dubai and have a passport from the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa (even if you never lived there), you can qualify for a "TOEFL Waiver." It is also some times called an English language requirement waiver or a TOEFL/IELTS waiver but TOEFL waiver is the most common term. Here's how to get one from your universities.
How to Apply for a TOEFL or IELTS Waiver
1. Apply to the university via its website or through the Common Application. The university will not be apply to access your file to provide the credit until they have actually received the application. You can only apply for a TOEFL Waiver to universities in the US (and international universities in Dubai).
2. Wait for a confirmation email from the university. It may take 2-3 days after the deadline has passed for you to receive this email. It will include information for sending other parts of your application and provide an email address to apply for a TOEFL waiver (if this info is not included on the university website). If you don't get an email from the Admissions Department within a week of submitting your application, go to the next step.
3. Send an email to the Admissions Department requesting a TOEFL waiver.Here's a sample that you can cut, paste, and change:
Subject: TOEFL Waiver
I recently submitted my application to (university name) for Fall 2015. Here is my information to help you find my application:
- First and last names as they appear on the application
- Email address used on your application
- Date of birth
- Application number (if received in confirmation email)
I would like to request a TOEFL waiver because I am a native English speaker and hold a passport from (country), which meets the requirements shown on the university website. I have attached my passport copy as proof.
Please email me once my TOEFL waiver has been granted.
4. Wait for about 2 weeks for a response from the university. If no one replies, check the online application system for the university, call the admissions office, or email the admissions office again.
Congratulations...now you can start preparing for the SAT!
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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If you haven't been on top of things lately or have been rejected/waitlisted by the universities on your college shortlist, don't panic! We've got a list of 20 US universities that have late deadlines (April 1st or later).
A university with a late deadline is NOT the same as one that has rolling admissions. Rolling admissions means university takes students until it has accepted the number of students it wants. If admissions staff find enough students to accept before the deadline, then the incoming class is full and additional students are only accepted in rare instances. Basically, with rolling admissions, you have a better chance of getting accepted if you apply as close to when the application OPENS (becomes available early in the year) not close to the deadline. The universities we've listed below have true late deadlines, so you pretty much have the same chances as the other applicants.
We have only provided universities with deadlines up to and including July 1st. Many UAE students forget that after they are accepted, they have to wait for their student visa paper work to come from the university and then apply for a student. This process can take up to 3 months! Around July 1st is the last, last, last date when you can apply for university and still get your student visa in time to walk on to campus in September (or late August).
Add a couple of the universities below to your shortlist if you're unsure about your acceptance to universities you've already applied to or if you're running behind in the application process.
Be sure to double check the admissions deadline for any university to which you are applying on that university's website. Some universities may have a special "International Priority Date" or "International Student Deadline" that is earlier for the deadline for other incoming freshmen. And don't forget...a rolling deadline isn't the same as a late deadline. NOW GET STARTED!
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Running short on time in your senior year for university applications?
Have all your friends been accepted to universities but you're still applying?
Been rejected from your top choice schools and need to pull together some applications quickly?
We've got a list of good (in our opinion) universities from the 2014-2015 Common App that don't require a supplement. That means these universities don't require additional essays as part of supplement to submit your application. They will accept the essays you've written a part of the standard Common Application. (If you plan to study art, there may be a second supplement, so check each school's requirements before you commit.)
Use this list to help you apply to more colleges without doing more work! Just add these to your list of universities in your profile, pay the application fees, and submit. It's that easy!
Be sure to check any other requirements the universities may have based on your specific degree program.
Are there any universities that you feel should be added to this list? Leave it in the comments!