As students prepare to apply to colleges, they need to start thinking about which SAT subject tests, if any, they need to take. While not all universities require prospective students to submit SAT subject test scores, others require one, two, and sometimes even more. The subject tests you take are dependent on the school to which you are applying.
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Like the SAT subject test covering Mathematics Level 1, the Mathematics Level 2 test takes an hour and has 50 questions covering a range of upper-level high-school mathematics. Also as with other SAT tests, correct answers are rewarded with a point while incorrect answers are penalized with 1/4 of a point. Statistically speaking, students should guess if they can eliminate at least one wrong answer.
The College Board (the company which creates the SAT tests) recommends students to have a calculator with them at the time of the exam, saying that 55-60% of questions would be difficult to answer without one. The use of scientific or graphic calculators in particular is encouraged.
Scores are determined by curving the mean score against the scores of every other student who took the test in a given year. The low is 200, the high is 800, and the mean is around the 648 mark.
What’s on the Test?
As the name implies, the Mathematics Level 2 exam tests a student’s upper-level math abilities. Any students considering taking this test should be proficient in all forms of high school-level mathematics. According to the College Board, the question breakdown is as follows:
- 10-14% of the questions cover numbers and operations
- 48-52% of the questions focus on algebra and operations
- 28-32% of the questions are over geometry, including coordinate, three-dimensional, and trigonometry
- 6-10% are over probability and statistics
An important word to the wise: while Mathematics Level 1 tests strictly math up to Algebra II, an understanding of at least pre-cal is valuable to students taking the Level 2 test.
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