SAT II Physics

Everything you want to know about SAT ii Physics

What is the SAT Physics Test?

The SAT Subject Tests, administered worldwide by the College Board, deal with twenty different subject tests in which you can showcase your skills. If you have a subject test score, then your college application gets another strong support, which increases its chance of being selected for high school courses. In this regard, if you want to show your skills in Physics, you should take the subject test and display how much you know about the fundamental concepts of Physics, which you have learnt in Introductory Physics. Moreover, the test gives you another opportunity to show how much you know about problem-solving methods and your reasoning power you achieved in lab experiences. In this article, let us discuss about the subject matter in the Physics test, the different ways to prepare for it and the topics covered.

What are the Basics of SAT?

The Physics test is conducted in October, November, December, January, May and June. The test does not allow the use of calculators as the questions ask simple numerical calculations. The test consists of 800 points, lasts for sixty minutes and has seventy-five questions.

What is the Content of the Physics Test?

The test evaluates your knowledge in three basic areas namely, the fundamental concepts and knowledge, the single-concept problems and the multiple-concept problems. Likewise, there are preparation techniques to prepare for these three concepts. In addition, the College Board website provides you important links to downloadable practice resources for preparing the topics. Following are the sub sections.

  1. Skills Tested:
  2. This test measures your ability to apply the basic algebraic, trigonometric and graphical relationships. It evaluates your knowledge about concepts of ration and proportion, conversancy with the metric system units and your capability to apply lab skills in the given questions.

  3. Test Content: Following are the topics which are covered in the Physics test:
    • Mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, emery and momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic motion and gravity)
    • Electricity and Magnetism (electric fields, forces and potential; capacitance; circuit elements and DC circuits and magnetism)
    • Waves and optics (general wave properties, reflection and refractions, ray optics and physical optics)
    • Heat and thermodynamics (thermal properties and laws of thermodynamics)
    • Modern physics (quantum phenomena, atomic, nuclear and particle physics and relativity)
    • Miscellaneous (general knowledge of physics, analytical skills and contemporary physics)
  4. In the end, you should consult the SAT subject test guide for a detailed picture of the test content.

  5. Downloadable Materials:
  6. The test, conducted by the College Board, also has preparatory materials available for download in the College Board website. These preparation materials are reliable enough for a proper preparation. Downloadable prep materials like Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Test contain information on the test, official question samples and test taking techniques. It also has test taking tips and more ways to approach the questions in the test, etc. Another booklet, which helps is the Answer Explanation to Physics Question Papers booklet.

How Would you Register for the SAT and Other Facts:

You can register for the test by phone, mail or internet. Online registration is the quickest and the most efficient. It delivers you the admission ticket and test center details instantly in your College Board account. There are various test dates and deadlines from which you have to choose your desired test date. There are provisions for Sunday testing in case you are bound by religious obligations against testing on Saturday. The schools and colleges use your test score to grant you admission in their college courses. Learn more about your scores by clicking the link. You can choose to cancel your score in case you are not satisfied and select the scores you would like to send to the college officials for admission.

Before choosing to take the Physics test, you should be clear about your aims. Only if you are interested in pursuing courses dealing with science, technology, engineering or math, should you appear for the test and show your skills.