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FAQ#43 About American SAT & ACT

Q: WHAT ARE SUBJECT TESTS?

Q: WHAT ARE SUBJECT TESTS?

A: Subject Tests and Advanced Placement exams are often confused. Think of them as cousins, but not siblings.

They serve different roles. Subject Tests are designed to allow students to demonstrate achievement in a particular academic area, but the tests are not tied to specific curricula and are expressly intended to be used in admission decisions. AP exams are more directly tied to a particular set of academic specifications. 

While AP’s certainly serve a role in admission decisions as evidence of mastery of the highest level offering of a particular subject, their original and official purpose is reflected in their moniker: “Advanced Placement.

” Many colleges still link course placement and course credit to performance on AP exams. So while your AP classes will help inform your Subject Test planning, AP’s do not replace Subject Tests in the admission process (with very rare exceptions)

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