We've had a number of students preparing for the SAT Subject Test Chemistry recently and thought we would share our complete methodology for how to prepare for this grueling exam. 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 explain the SAT Subject Tests.
For most of our students, we have to offer a 30 hour course (that's a lot of prep for an hour long exam!) for them to sufficiently master the subject matter. In order to reduce the amount of one-on-one instruction you need, you'll have to start the prep on your own and reserve hours with your tutor for questions.
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 Chemistry Test prep as a PDF file. Print this periodic table as well (you should have it out as you study and work questions).
Everything is taken from the Sparknotes Chemistry Guide. Here's how to use these:
1. Print the powerpoint 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.
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.
6. As you review at the beginning of your next session, review only the powerpoint notes.
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 Chemistry 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 Chemistry instead.
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 Chemistry Test now. You'll need to write down and try to improve upon this score.
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 Chemistry Test. Each session will take about 4 hours (practice tests only require 1 hour). Here's the schedule to prepare over 8 weeks. If you have less time, you'll have to do 2 days a week.
Week 1: Chemistry Basics (this represents chapters 1, 2, 3, 12, and 13 from the Sparknotes)
Week 2: The Structure of Matter
Week 3: The States of Matter
Week 4: Reaction Types; Practice Test #1
Week 5: Stoichiometry and Equilibrium and Reaction Rates
Week 6: Thermodynamics and Descriptive Chemistry; Practice Test #2
Week 7: Laboratory and Review (there are no strategy notes for this topic, review from Sparknotes); Practice Test #3
Week 8: Review notes; Practice Test #4
OUR EXPERT ADVICE
That's everything you need! If you like what we've provided and find it helpful, please leave us a comment below.
Even if you start your prep on your own, you will have questions and we can help! Learn more about what we can offer. Call us at 04 449 7318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to score over 600 on your SAT Subject Chemistry Test.
We've updated this post! Click here for the full SAT Guide.
Registering and taking the SAT in Dubai can be confusing. A lot of the information out there is for people taking the test across the United States, but not for students taking the SAT abroad. So, we decided to put together an APPLY ME Guide to the SAT in Dubai to answer all the little questions that we get regularly from our students.
Here's what you need to know about the SAT:
1. SAT Overview
2. 2014-2015 SAT Test Dates in Dubai
3. Where to Take the SAT in Dubai
4. How to Register for the SAT
5. What to Expect on Test Day
* Links will be available in future posts.
There's a lot of information to provide for each one of these areas. For today's post, we'll discuss #1 by giving an overview of the SAT so you can decide if you in face do need to take the SAT. Use the links above to learn about other topics or below to go to the next post.
What is the SAT?
The SAT is a college admissions test designed to be taken during high school in the U.S. If you want to go to school in the U.S. as an international student, you pretty much have to take it. If you're studying in Dubai or at an American school elsewhere in the world, you probably have to take it because many schools use it as an entry exam or to exempt you from taking certain courses like college algebra.
Who makes the SAT?
It is made by a company called the Educational Testing Service and administered through the College Board. Keep in mind, these guys do nothing but make tests. They also make the TOEFL and SAT Subject Tests.
What's on the SAT?
For the best overview of the SAT, check out the College Board website. Basically, the content is split into three parts: reading, writing, and mathematics. These subjects are tested over 10 sections.
For the reading, there are three sections that include sentence completions (fill in the blank), short reading passages, and long reading passages. For the writing, you have to write an essay and answer prove you've got good grammar on improving sentences, improving paragraphs, and error identification questions. The mathematics tests arithmetic, algebra, and geometry in multiple choice and grid in formats. Click here for SAT practice questions in reading, writing, and math.
How is it scored?
Scoring can get pretty complicated, so all you need to know is that you get a score from 200 to 800 in reading, writing, and mathematics. Your total possible score is 2400.
What's a good score?
It depends. Figure out where you want to go to school and then figure out the school's required (or average accepted) score...that's a good score. Here's a secret your parents and test prep companies don't want you to know: getting into a college or university is about more than your SAT score. Get the best one you can and move on. More on this later.
Now that you know about the SAT and have, hopefully done some practice questions, it's time to decide when to take the test
There are only 2 months until the SAT! Let us help you! Email APPLY ME at email@example.com or call us at 04 449 7318. We offer private tutoring with American tutors that will boost your score!