Course SummaryMaster the chemistry topics you'll be tested on when you take the SAT Subject Test Chemistry exam with this study guide course. Review these self-paced video lessons, test yourself using the assessment quizzes and see where you need to focus your study before you take the exam.
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The SAT Subject Tests provide you with a way to demonstrate your knowledge of a specific subject area. Depending on the colleges you're considering, you could be required to take this test. If this test is not required, some colleges recommend that you complete one of these exams. The subject tests are the only college assessment exams that allow you to choose the specific subject you want to be tested in. Solid results on one of the subject matter tests in addition to your other admission materials could help you stand out among other candidates.
You might also be able to get credit for entry-level college courses in your chosen subject area after taking one of these tests. The SAT Subject Test Chemistry has 85 questions that you'll need to be able to answer in an hour-long testing session. The chemistry test has eight different areas, each of which covers several subareas. If you need to brush up on your chemistry skills, you can use the video lessons and quizzes in this study guide. Concepts covered in the lessons are the same as those on the test and include:
- Structure of matter
- States of matter
- Reaction types
- Equilibrium and reaction rates
- Descriptive chemistry
You'll be tested on your knowledge of fundamental chemistry concepts and your ability to apply and synthesize this knowledge as you solve problems and interpret results from experiments. You'll need to be able to solve word problems using common algebraic relationships and understand the metric system of units. You'll be asked to draw conclusions from graphs and tabular forms of experimental data. You should also know about ratio, direct and inverse proportions and scientific notations.
The SAT Chemistry Subject Test will ask three different types of questions. You'll need to be able to answer classification, five-choice completion and relationship analysis questions. The test has a special section where you'll be asked to answer the relationship analysis questions. A periodic table will be provided to you on the day of your test.
SAT Subject Test - Chemistry Preparation and Registration
You'll find plenty of information in our study guide to help you prepare for the chemistry subject test. Video lessons are available for all the topics you'll find on the exam. You'll also find quizzes following each lesson. You can use these quizzes to refresh your knowledge of the subject matter.
You can choose from six dates throughout the year to take this chemistry subject exam. If you plan to take other subject exams, you'll be able to take a maximum of two more on the same date that you'll complete the chemistry test. However, you won't be able to take the SAT and the subject exams on the same day. You can register for your chemistry test up to a month before your selected test date. If you're unable to meet that deadline, a late registration deadline is available for a fee.
When you register, you will need to choose your subject test and test site and choose which schools you want to receive your test scores, up to four schools. Online registration is available, and you'll need to upload a photo when you register. You'll get a confirmation of your registration as soon as you complete the process, along with your admission ticket.
When the day of your test arrives, plan to bring your admission ticket and photo identification. You'll also need to bring two #2 pencils with erasers for this paper-based test. You won't be able to use a calculator for the chemistry subject test. Also, don't plan on bringing in your smart phone because phones, mp3 players, laptops and tablets aren't allowed in the testing center.
SAT Subject Test - Chemistry Scoring and Score Reports
A score report will be available online a few weeks after you take the test. Your high school and the colleges you selected will also get the report. You'll earn a point for each correct answer and be docked a certain percentage of a point for each incorrect answer. These raw scores are then converted into a scaled score. Scores for the chemistry subject exam range from 200-800.
Structure of Matter
About 25% of the test is focused on this area. You'll be questioned on atomic and molecular structure and bonding. You should be familiar with quantum numbers, electron configurations, 3-dimensional molecular shapes and polarity. You might also be asked about energy levels or orbitals, Lewis structures of atoms and how bonding is related to properties and structures. Use our video lessons to learn about covalent bonds and London dispersion forces, which are asked about on the exam. Lessons are available for other questions in this content area, including hydrogen bonding and dipole-dipole forces.
States of Matter
The questions in this content area represent 16% of the entire test. You will be asked about gases, liquids and solids. You'll want to be familiar with kinetic molecular theory and its relationship to solids and liquids, the volume of a mole, intermolecular attraction and substance phase changes. This section also tests your knowledge of solutions, so you'll need to study up on concepts like percent by mass concentrations and molarity. You might also be asked about the characteristics of colligative properties and what impacts solid and liquid solubility.
Be prepared to answer questions on acids and bases, oxidation-reduction and precipitation in this content area, which makes up 14% of the exam. You'll need to know how acids and bases are defined, including the Bronsted-Lowry theory. Questions might also cover pH, titrations, combustion, oxidation numbers and solubility rules.
About 14% of the exam questions fall in this content area. You'll be asked about mole concept and chemical equations here. Questions will cover molar mass, molecular formulas and percent yield. Use our video lessons to refresh your knowledge of the definition of limiting reactant and how to calculate it. Lessons also teach you the basics of balancing nuclear and chemical equations, which may be asked on the test.
Equilibrium and Reaction Rates
A small portion of the total exam, 5%, focuses on equilibrium systems and rates of reactions. You'll want to know about the position of equilibrium and what factors disrupt it. You'll also need to be familiar with the formula for equilibrium constants, factors that impact reaction rates and the definition of activation energy.
Approximately 6% of the exam focuses on thermochemistry concepts. You will be tested on calorimetric calculations, enthalpy changes and entropy. Questions will cover energy conservation and heating and cooling curves. The video lessons offered in this chapter can help you with concepts covered in this content area, including state functions in thermochemistry and the relationship between enthalpy and entropy.
This content area has about 12% of the total questions. It includes questions on common elements, element properties and element reactivity. You should know about simple organic compounds and nomenclature of ions. You'll also want to be familiar with how the properties of chemical and physical elements vary within a group.
For this content area, which includes 8% of the test questions, you should be aware of basic lab equipment and procedures. You'll want to be familiar with safety and common methods for data analysis and graphical data interpretation. You'll also need to be able to draw conclusions from observations.
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