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There are a number of different standardized tests that students will need to take as part of the college search and application process.  Below you will find a brief description of each test. The full document with test dates and other details can be printed from the College Guidance Forms section of our website.

PSAT

This test is a practice SAT that measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. All Yeshivah of Flatbush sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in October; no specific preparation is necessary. The PSAT score report comes with helpful feedback about strengths and weaknesses related to specific skills.

SAT

This is a reasoning test, designed to measure reading and critical thinking skills, analytical and quantitative reasoning skills and writing skills learned over time. The test is comprised of three types of sections:  Critical Reading, Math and Writing and is sub-divided into ten smaller sections. The majority of the test is in a multiple choice format, but there are some student generated answers in the Math section and every test has a 30 minute essay. The test is 3:45 hours in length and is recommended for juniors and seniors.

Students may take this test with little or no official preparation, but we highly recommend that students take advantage of the free materials provided by the College Board (see the College Guidance Office or College Board website – www.collegeboard.com) to gain greater familiarity with the test and to practice taking the test under timed conditions. Some students may prefer to work with a tutor or take a class.  

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

Formerly known as “SAT IIs,” these exams measure a student's mastery of specific subjects. Colleges use the scores primarily for placement purposes and they sometimes allow a student to bypass an introductory course. Approximately 100 colleges nationally require or strongly recommend Subject Tests. If they are required, some schools will specify which individual tests they require. Please see your teachers and College Guidance Counselor to discuss which Subject Tests to take. Only your subject teacher will be able to properly assess your readiness for one of the subject tests.

Some colleges use Subject Test scores in conjunction with the SAT scores in the selection process. Since testing requirements vary from college to college, it is essential that every student take responsibility for knowing each school's admission requirements. Also, not all subject tests are offered on each testing date so it is important for students to plan exam dates carefully.

The Subject Tests measure a student's mastery in particular subject areas:

  • Biology E/M (Take after Biology or AP Biology) – general knowledge questions plus you choose a section on either Ecological (E) or Molecular(M) subject matter
  • Literature (Literature Analysis)
  • Chemistry (Take after Chemistry or AP Chemistry)
  • World History
  • Physics (Take after Physics or AP Physics and after teacher consultation)
  • U.S. History (Dense test - take after AP U.S. History)
  • Math - Level 1 w/ calculator (no calculus necessary)
  • Math - Level 2 w/ calculator
  • French*, German*, Spanish*, Chinese*, Japanese*, Korean*, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew

ACT

The ACT is a multiple choice test designed to reflect the curriculum of most U.S. high school students. The test is divided into four subtests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is an optional essay component (for an additional cost), which students must register in advance for to take. We strongly recommend that students taking the ACT take it with Writing, as many schools that take the ACT want to see the writing score.  The ACT is 2:55 hours in length with an additional 30 minutes for the essay. The test is scored on an 11 – 36 scale, with the composite of the 4 (11-36) sections calculated to provide the Composite Score (11-36).