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High School Students

     As you have heard many parents say, the unfortunate truth of life, that this
is one of the most important times of your life.  What major you choose, which colleges you are accepted to, and your academic success play a large role into the success you have as an adult in the 'career world'.  That is why us tutors here have a strong yet serious passion for helping inspiring teenagers and their parents to obtain the academic accomplishments necessary to give them the best chance to achieve their dreams.
    The first step is to have a good knowledge and foundation of the many items required to get into this nation's top universities.   Yes, there are a lot of tests to take.

College Board Test Preparation
     First let’s give you a simple break down of the tests you should take to get into the top universities, which ones to choose, how to prepare, and when is the latest you can register for these tests.  We strongly encourage you to visit the official website at: www.collegeboard.com/testing
to obtain more information about testing, preparation, and grading of the tests.


1) PSAT

     This is essentially the "Pre-SAT" though it's designed to give you an intro and feel of what the real SAT test is like, it's.  Your test scores are sent to the universities and in turn they will send their promotional material to you; AND in some cases offer a slight reward like an application fee waiver or even a little scholarship.  So it's definitely worth taking and being pretty serious about - it will open many doors; though you have more tests to take to get through those doors.
     The PSAT is offered ONLY ONCE in October; see your local high school administrators for further information.  The testing fee is only $14.

2) SAT I / SAT II Subjects Tests    

      I am sure most all of you have heard of the infamous SAT test, the name speaks volumes of its own.  The main factor of consideration here is time.  Give yourself some time to take the test at least twice.  There are some rumors that say universities do not like students who take the test 4 or more times; and there may be some truth to that.  However, you should plan on taking the test 2-3 times until you know you have gotten the highest or very close to the highest score you possibly can achieve.  Besides, you select which universities you send your scores to directly, and most universities just look at the highest individual sittings while few others look at the highest combined sitting.

     In addition to the SAT I test are the SAT Subject Tests ( also known as the SAT II tests).  These tests look at your understanding and expertise in specific areas and are formulated in Multiple-Choice questions as with the other tests.  Most universities, including the University of California, require that you take TWO of these tests.  These tests are usually taken near or at the end of the course for that subject when the material is still fresh in the student's memory.  The strategy here is to choose the test that you think you will do well in and one that is connected to the discipline you are applying under.  For example, someone applying to the school of engineering will likely take the Mathematics Level II and Physics subjects tests.  Also, some universities require that you take tests from certain prescribed categories - for instance, one from the math and sciences and another from english and the social sciences.

This is a list of the SAT II subject tests that are offered:
Math: Mathematics Level I, Mathematics Level II
Science: Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics
English: Literature
History: U.S. History, World History
Languages: Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean
(some of these language tests are done separately in a listening format)

This is a table of important dates to consider when planning out which dates you want to take your SAT 1 and SAT II Subject tests.  As previously mentioned, Juniors should consider taking the subject tests on the May or June test dates when they are approaching the completion of their coursework; especially for the science and history subject tests.  Sophomores are also encouraged to do the same so they can focus on different subject tests for courses they take during their junior year.

2013-2014
Test Dates

Test
(SAT/SAT II)


Regular Registration

Late Registration
(fee applies)

October 5, 2013

Both

September 6, 2013

 September 20, 2013

November 2, 2013

Both

October 3, 2013

October 18, 2013

December 7, 2013

Both

November 8, 2013

November 22, 2013

January 25, 2014

Both

December 27, 2013

January 10, 2014

March 8, 2013

SAT I only

February 7, 2014

February 21, 2014

May 3, 2014

Both

April 4, 2014

April 18, 2014

June 7, 2014

Both

May 9, 2014

May 23, 2014

Also, be very sure that you have scheduled your final test dates within the time parameter set by the universities that you are applying to.  For instance, if you are applying as a freshman for the Fall 2014 term to the University of California you must take the SAT I and SAT II (two subject tests) by either November or December 2013.

3) AP Tests (Advanced Placement)

     Finally, there are the advanced placement tests, also popularly known as the "AP Tests".  Success in these scrutinous and challenging tests are the real pinnacles of academic success; they are what separate the "crème of the crop" from the rest of the college applicants.  Hence it is more the upper tier and private universities tests that are most interested in successful passing of these examinations.  At the same token, taking honors courses and/or AP courses looks very good on both the UC and CSU applications as well.   The AP tests are graded on a 1-5 scoring system with 3 being the minimum score as passing.  However some of the elite universities only account for scores of 4 or 5 on certain subjects.  And obviously, the more exams you pass the more impressive it looks on your college application - quite impressive.

     The other benefits of 'passing' an AP test is that you get college credit for the equivalent college courses of the exams you passed.  This is an obvious advantage because it saves you time and money in not having to retake those courses in college again, you have more time and room in your schedule to take different and more advanced courses, and in the long run you will get ahead of the routine college course track. 

     The AP tests are given in the month of May but do not allow that to leave your decision to take the tests to the last minute.  Actually your decision as to which tests you plan to take should take place a year ahead of time.  That is you will have to most likely sign up for those respective AP courses at you high school for your junior and senior years few months prior to the beginning of the school year.  Then when school starts in Fall you should be deciding which courses you want to spend the extra time in studying for an AP test and the courses which you think you could obtain high enough tests scores.  At that point we strongly recommend that you purchase exam prep material.  These guides will aides you in knowing all the material that will be covered as well as giving you many sample problems so that you have good insight as to what's on the test and its difficulty level.

Here is the exam schedule for the AP tests.  The fee for each exam this year is $89.  Though this may seem high, it is a great bargain in respect to how much you would pay in tuition for an equivalent college course.  Registration for these tests is done through your high school’s administration, so make sure you have coordinated everything on time.


Morning - 8 a.m.

Afternoon - 12 p.m.

Monday, May 5

Chemistry
Environmental Science

Psychology

Tuesday, May 6

Computer Science A
Spanish Language

Art History

Wednesday, May 7

Calculus AB
Calculus BC

Chinese Language and Culture

Thursday, May 8

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture
Latin

Friday, May 9

English Language and Composition
Studio Art (Portfolios Due)

Statistics
Studio Art (Portfolios Due)


Morning - 8 a.m.

Afternoon - 12 p.m.

Afternoon - 2 p.m

Monday, May 12

Biology
Music Theory

Physics B
Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Tuesday, May 13

United States Government and Politics

Human Geography
French Language and Culture

 

Wednesday, May 14

German Language and Culture
United States History

European History

 

Thursday, May 15

Macroeconomics
World History

Italian Language and Culture 
Microeconomics

 

Friday, May 16

Comparative Government and Politics 
Spanish Literature and Culture