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.