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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: April 2004 Archive: OFFICIAL THREAD : SAT II JUNE
By Lildude_Ravi (Lildude_Ravi) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 02:54 pm: Edit

This is the official thread for all those who are takin sat II's in june

1. What tests are you taking ?

2. How many hours do you study in a day ?

3. Which books do you use?

4. Do you find them helpful/waste?

5. Target score

6. Suggestions

By Lildude_Ravi (Lildude_Ravi) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 03:00 pm: Edit

1. Math IIC, Physics and Writing

2. have been studying 2 hours / day for last one week

3. Physics - Kaplan
Math II c - Barron's
Writing - prep not started

Any help how to prepare for writing will be appreciated.....

4. Kaplan physics - clears your basics, but does not cover everything

Barron II c - includes much Harder questions......

5. Math ii c- 750+
Physics - 700+
Writing - dunno

By Student8712 (Student8712) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 03:41 pm: Edit

Does anyone know what the curves are like for Writing, IIC, and US History?

By Bcrichsolo (Bcrichsolo) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 04:20 pm: Edit

1. Math 2, physics, writing
2. none
3. none yet
4. N/A
5. Math: 750+
Physics: 800
Writing: 650-700

By Chamonix (Chamonix) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 04:24 pm: Edit

1. IIC and maybe physics (I have not sent in the form yet)

2. IIC- I've already taken the diagnostic test and one more practice test and have looked through the units that I didn't understand. I plan to take all of the practice tests in the barrons book, and that will be all my studying.

3. Barrons for math, I havn't got a physics book yet. Oh, and I might get the 22 real SAT II's.

4. I like the barrons so far...

5. Math IIc- at least 700+, 750+ would be nice
Physics- 700+

By Ecnerwalc (Ecnerwalc) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 04:47 pm: Edit

1. MAth 2c, Writing, Chemistry

2.Whenever I get a chance. approx. 1-2 hrs/day.

3.Math- BArron's, textbook
Chemistry- Barron's, PR, textbook, Schaum's
writing- Kaplan (should be getting barron's very soon.)

4.I think that I have the best combination of material for chemistry and math. Dunno about writing.

5.MAth 2c- 750+ (conservative)
Chemistry -750+ (Conservative)
WRiting- 650+ (conservative) I don't know about the essay section. I am ok at the mc.

By Haruhara (Haruhara) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 04:56 pm: Edit

how difficult is the physics SAT II test? i looked at kaplan's and it looks incredibly easy, but barron's makes it seem much more difficult.

the SAT II writing seems sorta difficult too.

math IIc, Writing, Physics here.

By Haruhara (Haruhara) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 05:10 pm: Edit

I need help on sat II writing...

By Calidan (Calidan) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 05:25 pm: Edit

1. Math 1C, Writing

2. 1 hour a day

3. Kaplan (for both)

4. They're OK. Kaplan is good for Writing, IMO.

5. Writing: 720+, Math 1C: 730+

By Athlonmj (Athlonmj) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 05:51 pm: Edit

1. Math IIC, Chemistry, US History

2. None yet

3. Dunno yet

4. Read above

5. IIC - 800, Chemistry - 800, US History - 750

By Susu (Susu) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 06:07 pm: Edit

IMHO--Princeton Review is the most useful for for SAT II Writing. The test is very grammar-oriented and the grading system for the writing sample is very formulaic. (Make sure you understand the formula. The fact that you're considered a good writer will NOT necessarily help you on this part of the test.)

Also review The Elements of Style by White.

By Crypto86 (Crypto86) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 06:10 pm: Edit

Physics and maybe Math IIC (if not, then next year)

I'm pretty sure I can get an 800 on phys. Would probably get 720+ on Math IIC if I took it (with practice tests of course)

By Dwerbowy (Dwerbowy) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 07:39 pm: Edit

US history, Math IC, maybe chemistry
none so far
using Kaplan, and Barron
can't comment on it since haven't really looked at it
750-800 for both

By Flameball63 (Flameball63) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 08:08 pm: Edit

Ergh...I am letting all of my AP/IB tests consume my studying time...can't tell u guys how stressed I am...Waaa! But, planning to: Study for like at least 4 hours a night after AP/IB testing.

Math IIC: Barrons, PR, and my Pre-Calc book from last year.
Chemistry: Kaplans + Barrons + own Chemistry book and Barron's "Let's Review Chemistry".
US History: Just reading the history book. Prolly get Kaplan's next month for studying.

Projected: Math IIC 750+, Chemistry: 750+, US History: 800. (Hopefully.)

By Just_Forget_Me (Just_Forget_Me) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 10:32 pm: Edit

1. Just writing, as of now.

2. Not studying yet, will after AP tests. Doubt it will be a daily thing, probably just set aside a few sunday afternoons to read the book/take practice tests.

3. I think I have Kaplan SAT II writing... not sure, my dad bought it.

4. Haven't opened it yet.

5. Would love an 800 (so i could join the 5 by 8 club!), but unless I get something < 700, I'll keep the score.

6. I suggest (for those in pre-calc or equivalent) Math IIc over Ic, but that's probably common knowledge on the CC board. I also recommend taking US history after an APUSH class, I did, and thought the test was pretty easy.

By Wrathofgod64 (Wrathofgod64) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 11:22 pm: Edit

1. US History, Chemistry

2. Takin AP for both subjects so not reviewing too much for SAT IIs

3. Spark Notes - US History
Princeton Review - Chemistry

4. PR for chem is pretty good, haven't started studying for US History

5. Chem - 800
US History - 750+

6. Takin the ap class kills 2 birds w/ 1 stone

By Kousuke (Kousuke) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 11:54 pm: Edit

1. Math IIC, Writing, (Chemistry or Physics)dont know which one to take, currently in AP Chem and regular physics, in anyones opinion which one's easier?

2. gonna start studying next week
3. probably will use barron's, and real SAT IIs, heard Kaplans=Krap

4. Dont know if they're good, but i hope so, with only a couple weeks to cram.

5. Math-800

By Lildude_Ravi (Lildude_Ravi) on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 11:33 am: Edit

Best of luck to u all!!! and to me 2 too !!!!

By Altairaqua (Altairaqua) on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 03:06 pm: Edit

1. Chemistry, Math IIC

2. I'm studying for the AP Chemistry test at the moment, and will keep reviewing stuff after that. For math, I'll review concepts and do some practice a few weeks before the test.

3. Chem.- Barron's, Cliffsnotes (for labs), PR, and Zumdahl textbook
Math IIC- Barron's and Sparknotes

4. Haven't really started looking at the books yet-- I'm using the PR and Zumdahl for studying for the Chem AP test, and am finding them easy to understand.

5. Well, hoping for 800 in both, but we'll see.

6. sorry, don't have much advice as this is gonna be my first time taking SAT IIs

and yes, good luck to everyone!

By Mrbesch (Mrbesch) on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 09:37 pm: Edit

Taking Writing, Math IIc, and US History (had AP class this year)

Expected scores-

Writing- I don't know, never taken a practice

Math-Probably crappy because I suck at math

US History- Did a few practice q's on, looks easy. Shooting for 800 with lots of prep in addition to APUSH prep doing now with PR book.

US History- Prepping for AP Exam and SAT II with PR book. I like it a lot.

Math study-Kaplan book. I'm not all that impressed with it. Any recommendations?

Writing- Barron's. That book seems muy bueno, or very good. Not worried about essay.

Also, as Susu said, the Elements of Style by Strunk and White is VERY helpful. I read some for my AP English 3 class, and it improved my grammar a lot.

Any advice on really good Math IIc books?

By Willywonka (Willywonka) on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 09:42 pm: Edit

1. Writing, American History and Spanish. Though, now that I see the vocabulary on the Spanish is test is far beyond the scope of the grammar, I'm really worried.

2. How many hours do you study in a day ?

I'm currently studying American History as much as possible because the AP test is May 7th. I'll keep brushing up after that until June. I'm going to be studying English mechanics and Writing test strategies after the AP tests, and maybe find a way to expand my Spanish vocabulary.

3. Which books do you use?

Textbooks from school.

4. Do you find them helpful/waste?

Well, this isn't exactly applicable.

5. Target score

I would love a 700+ in Writing and American History. I think I can do it. I'm honestly not expecting much in Spanish now that I see what I've gotten myself into, and to be honest I'll probably just have to take the SAT II Chemistry next fall to have a third strong test to send to universities.

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 10:11 pm: Edit

1. What tests are you taking ? Spanish, Math IIC, Writing

2. How many hours do you study in a day ? I'm working on AP's right now, but I'm gonna try and put in about 2 with serious studying on weekends

3. Which books do you use? Writing I have PR. Math IIC I have Barrons. Spanish I have PR.

4. Do you find them helpful/waste? Yes...I definitely find them all helpful. I just need to work on spanish vocab!

5. Target score Spanish...700ish. Math IIC...somewhere around 750. Writing around 750. An 800 would be nice.

6. Suggestions. Study hard you guys!

By Mparking (Mparking) on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 05:57 pm: Edit

Hey Willywonka, you know you can always change the test you want to take on the testing date, right? You just tell the moderator -- you could switch Spanish with Chem now, if you wanted to.

1. Literature, Writing, US History

2. There's really not much to study for, except US History.

3. PR. But it sucks. I use the REA (Real Educators Association?) AP book to study for both AP USH and the SAT II, and practice off of College Board books for tests.

4. Like I said, PR kinda sucks for History. Droning routines. AP works really well--I just advise as many practices as possible.

5. Literature:750 Writing: 800 US History: 700

6. I would suggest just studying for US History, if you're humanities-smart, because Literature is just an understanding you develop over time. Writing is just based on a writer's common sense.

By Scion (Scion) on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 06:32 pm: Edit

hey guys, can we pay for an extra SAT II AT the test center? also, do we get a REFUND if dont take, lets say, the 3rd SAT II we signed up for? college board is dirty-the registration deadline for june is before we even TAKE our may SAT IIs!!!

By Tamy02 (Tamy02) on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 07:07 pm: Edit

1. Biology (M), Math IIC, ad writing

2. Haven't really started studying yet, Im currently studyign for the SAT I in may coming up! Will start studying right after them!

3. Planning on using Cliff AP note 4 bio...altho im nut doin AP, Barrons 4 math IIC, and kaplan 4 writing

4. Cliff ntoes is awesome...covers everythign in a compact way! Helps especially in the topics i havent covered yet, and have to do by myself. Barrons for Math IIC has extremly hard questions, but thats good practices...but ive also noticed that the book has quite a bit of errors in they'd say an answer is soemthing else, and explain the actual answer which is another choice! Hope that wasnt confusing. Kaplan for writing is pretty good!

5. Math IIC 700+
Biology 700+
Writing 550-650+

By Aim78 (Aim78) on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 08:15 pm: Edit

IIC and Writing. I'm more concerned about the May 1st Bio and the AP tests right now, though.

By Kstar (Kstar) on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 10:13 pm: Edit

I'm taking Latin, French, and Writing...although now that I've taken the practice tests, I'm inclined to switch French for Math IIC. Also, I'm in APUSH this you think take the SAT II USH and take Latin another time? (Currently in Latin III - highest offered, French IV, Honors Pre-Calc, and APUSH among other courses). I haven't had a decent English teacher ever so I'm learning the grammar on my own. Vocab and unlearned grammar constructions will be my downfall on the foreign languages. Since I'm already studying for the APUSH, but have no intention of majoring in History, should I take it anyway?? I'm using the REA book. Thanks for any suggestions..

By And1baller (And1baller) on Saturday, April 17, 2004 - 01:47 am: Edit

1. US History, Physics, Writing (took IIC already)

2. Not gonna study for us hist and physics.. hopefully the studying i do for the ap tests is enough.. and probly a week before and 1 hr/day for writing

3. using REA AP USH book, PR AP PHYSICS book, and Barron's Writing

4. i usually look at prep books for 1 week before test and they seem to help me... looked at barron's IIc for 1 week and 1 hour a day and got 770.

5. 750+ in Physics
700+ in US History
700+ in Writing

By Aznsnake0307 (Aznsnake0307) on Saturday, April 17, 2004 - 10:18 pm: Edit

1. Bio

2. an hour a day since October

3. Use Petersons, PR, Barrons, Sparknotes, and Kaplan

4. Only PR and Barrons were useful

5. 740+

By Savoirfaire87 (Savoirfaire87) on Saturday, April 17, 2004 - 11:20 pm: Edit

1. Bio,Lit,USH

2. not daily yet...but i have bio and USH classes, which i study for daily

3. Barrons, the internet, textbooks--not sure what to do to prep for Lit

4. Barrons is very helpful

5.700+ in everything?? (conservative)

6. None to give--it's my first time taking SAT II's. However, I seek advice:

Which Bio should I take? E or M? I'm leaning toward M, but I've heard that it's difficult(whatever that means!) in depth does the test get?

By Redbarn (Redbarn) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 12:29 am: Edit

I took Biology M two years ago in May (this is when there was Score Choice) and got a 600. Retook the test in June but opted for E and scored a 710. E is much easier, but the curve more people take it, so the curve is a bit tougher. M is harder, but if Molecular Bio is your strong suite, you're better off with M.

By Greenleaf144 (Greenleaf144) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 12:39 am: Edit

1. Math IC, Bio, Writing
2. Probably won't start studying 'til after APs and May SAT I, not to mention that I have to do all my goddamn homework.
3. Barron's, AP Bio is a good prep for the test
4. Dunno
5. I'm just hoping I do well. Setting a target score just depresses you if you end up not reaching it.
6. Whatever APs you take --> take the SAT II in that subject right after the College Board Exams.

By Chrisk (Chrisk) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 12:55 am: Edit

Taking Bio and Writing in May
Taking Math 2C In June

800 math/800 biology/800 writing!!!

By Themabrklyn (Themabrklyn) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 10:17 pm: Edit

1. What tests are you taking ?
Writing, U.S. History, Literature
2. How many hours do you study in a day ?
None yet--I am taking the APs in English Lit and U.S. History so I won't study until May.
3. Which books do you use?
I have Kaplan in all three subjects.
4. Do you find them helpful/waste?
They seem decent but I haven't really used them yet.
5. Target score
Hopefully 750 or above on History, same on Writing, above 780 on Literature.
6. Suggestions
Def. take Writing, and take the SAT II in whatever you're taking APs in.

By Hssoph (Hssoph) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 01:47 am: Edit

1. Biology
2. Uhh about 1 hour for Bio
3. I use Barrons and Princeton review in combination. Princeton review is much more understandable, though.
4. Both of them are good -- in their own way!
5. Target score: >= 700.
6. Suggestions: I don't have any, since I'm a sophomore taking SAT II Bio right after first year Bio. Is that crazy or what? Did anyone hear get a high score right after first year Bio??

By Hssoph (Hssoph) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 01:48 am: Edit

I meant here, sorry

By Jollyapplepie (Jollyapplepie) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 02:12 pm: Edit

1. What tests are you taking ? chem and writing sat IIs

2. How many hours do you study in a day ? right now ..... about an hour a week. i'm cramming for aps, mainly.

3. Which books do you use? erm ..... haven't gotten any yet

4. Do you find them helpful/waste?

5. Target score
800? i think that's the obvious (ideal) answer. obviously, i'll be lucky to get >700.

6. Suggestions erm............ i don't know. well, no one should study at the last minute .. like what i will be doing.

By Baseballnbooks (Baseballnbooks) on Sunday, April 25, 2004 - 05:44 pm: Edit

1. Math IIC, USH, Chemistry(?)

2. Very little--preparing for AP Calc, AP History plus baseball

3. Math IIC : PR AP CALC & Barrons IIC
USH: REA (soon, PR, too)
Chem: Will use PR

4. I love PR...REA seems okay...My chem teacher said i should burn the chem up

5. Math: 800
USH: 750+
Chem: 750+

6. Took Writing in January (730). Bullcrap the essay, and it's easy...Mult. Choice: review your 5th grade grammar & you'll be fine

By Zephyr101 (Zephyr101) on Sunday, April 25, 2004 - 05:47 pm: Edit

hey can we use a calculator on the chemistry sat ii?

By Lildude_Ravi (Lildude_Ravi) on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 01:51 am: Edit


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