Test-Taking Strategies for the Physics Subject Test 🤔 🤔 🤔
#1: Know Your Formulas
You can’t bring a formula sheet with you when you take the Physics Subject Test. The test will give you some constants, but you have to know the formulas that express physical relationships. Note that you also can’t bring a calculator into the test.
While it might seem like there are a lot of formulas to remember, they will probably start to seem intuitive the more you understand the laws and concepts of physics.
If there are any that you have a hard time remembering, it might be a good idea to jot these formulas down in your test booklet at the beginning of the test. This way you can refer back to them as you go along.
Make sure you know your formulas as you’re studying, as well as how to apply them to single concept and multi-concept problems.
#2: Use Process of Elimination
You may not always know the right answer, but you can probably identify at least one wrong answer. If this is the case, then you should make your best guess.
Go through the answer choices and see which ones you can cross off as definitely incorrect. This may also jog your thinking in how to approach the correct answer.
#3: Don’t Dwell
With 75 questions in 60 minutes, you have less than a minute to spend on each question. If one of them leaves you stumped, it’s best to mark it, skip it, and return to it at the end of the exam if you have time.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to guess if you can eliminate at least one of the answer choices. But don’t spend a disproportionate amount of time on a problem, as all problems count equally toward your ultimate score.
#4: Read Critically
Sure, this is the Physics SAT, not a critical reading test, but the same skills of close and critical reading apply. Make sure you understand exactly what the question is asking before rushing to answer it, and be on the lookout for words like EXCEPT, BUT, ALWAYS, NEVER, or any other superlatives or words that mark a shift in emphasis.
The more you practice, the more calmly you’ll be able to approach the questions and deploy these strategies.
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