Coronavirus Update: This course has been postponed. Please contact us if you are interested in having your child take this course in preparation for the August 29, 2020 Chemistry SAT Exam.
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Format and Content of Test
The Chemistry SAT Subject Test exam consists of 85 five-choice multiple-choice questions. Students have 60 minutes to complete the exam. The first 23 questions numbered 1-23 are ‘classification questions’. The next 15 questions, numbered 101-115, are called ‘relationship analysis questions’. The SAT Subject Test in Chemistry is currently the only SAT that incorporates the relationship analysis questions. Relationship Analysis Questions require the student to identify the truth value of two statements. If both statements are true, the student will then have to analyze the relationship between the two statements to see if the second statement correctly explains the first statement. The last 47 questions numbered 24-70 are standard multiple choice questions. Student are not allowed to use a calculator on this test. The only resource a student may use is a periodic table which is provided with the test booklet. This table only provides atomic masses, atomic numbers, and symbols for each element.
How the Test is Scored
For each correct answer, students are given one point. For each wrong answer, they lose ¼ of a point so there is a penalty for guessing. If they omit a question, it is not counted. After all the points are totaled, their paper is given a Raw Score. The Raw Score is then converted to an equivalent College Board score, which ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 800 points.
What is Score Choice?
Score Choice gives students the option to choose the SAT scores that they send to colleges. This allows students to put their best foot forward on test day by giving them flexibility and control over their scores. Score Choice is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores will automatically be sent to the colleges the student applies to. Please be aware – not all colleges and universities honor Score Choice. We recommend that students and parents research the admission requirements for all of the schools the student is considering applying to.
When Should a Student Take the Test?
Most students who are enrolled in a review course or who work with a private tutor opt to take both the May and June exams. Students tend to approach the May exam as a practice test. They can then use the next few weeks to continue to study and take practice tests before retaking the test in June.
Services for Students with Disabilities
If your child gets testing accommodations, such as extended time, in their IEP or 504 plan, they may qualify for those same accommodations on the SAT II exam as well. Often times, plans/programs developed at schools to meet local needs do not align with the College Board Guidelines. If this is the case, you have two options: to work with your school officials to ensure that your disability documentation includes all the information identified in the guidelines, or to submit your disability documentation with the Student Eligibility Formand have the College Board review it to determine the appropriate accommodations.
The Student Eligibility Formcan be submitted online.
College Board often requires results from diagnostic tests that your child has never taken. In order to get all of the paperwork and possible additional testing complete in time you must act now!!
Click hereto register for the SAT subject tests.
* Byram Hills High School is not a test center so students should register as soon as possible to ensure that they get their desired test location.
When registering for the Biology SAT II exam, do NOT opt for and pay for the “Question-and-Answer Service”. It only applies to the SAT Reasoning Test and not the subject tests.
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