THE SAT: Not only for Juniors and Seniors

No, I’m not one of those moms who makes their kids take the SAT in middle school.

But I do believe that if you have a 9th grader who is taking taking HONORS BIOLOGY,  it’s worth taking the SAT Subject Test in Biology NOW- before your child forgets about photosynthesis and everything else they learned.

Taking it now will give them a jump on all the tests that will be thrown at them junior year.


There are a total of twenty SAT Subject tests in five different subject areas.  These include:  ENGLISH, HISTORY, MATH, SCIENCE and LANGUAGES.  Chances are your child won’t take more than four or five of these tests.


Math 1 –  covers subjects up to Algebra 2.

Math 2 –  covers all math up to Calculus.

Biology – best to take when you are studying this in school.

Chemistry – best to take when you are studying this in school.

World History – great to take when you have AP World History in 10th grade.

According to the College Board,

“Students take the SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects such as English, history, mathematics, science, and foreign languages.”

And lackluster  SAT Reasoning Test scores can be offset by amazing SAT Subject Test scores.  That will be helpful when you’re applying to college – when you are a senior.

Juliet Giglio

Educational Consultant in Syracuse, New York

Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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