Are you planning to take the Math II SAT Subject Test for your college applications? As you know, the Math 2 subject test covers more advanced math concepts than the Math I. Because of this, you want to make sure

you’re taking it at the right time to achieve a high score.

This article will help you figure out exactly when is the best time for you take this test. First, let’s quickly review what’s on the Math 2 SAT Subject Test.

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UPDATE: SAT Subject Tests No Longer Offered

In January 2021, the College Board announced that, effective immediately,

no further SAT Subject Tests will be offered in the United States. SAT Subject Tests ended internationally in June 2021. It is now no longer possible to take SAT Subject Tests.

Many students were understandably confused about why this announcement happened midyear and what this means for college applications going forward.

Read more about the details of what the end of SAT Subject Tests means for you and your college apps here

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What’s On the Math Level II Subject Test?

Like the Math I Subject Test, the Math II test covers algebra and geometry. Additionally, it tests trigonometry and elementary functions, which describe a relationship between an input and output. A simple function question may ask you to solve for x, while others may ask you to

define a function’s range or domain or to graph it.

I’ll show some example problems of function questions that appear on the Math II test below.

First, here’s the breakdown of what percentage of the test covers each content area. As you can see,

algebra and geometry make up a significantly larger portion

of the questions than number / operations and data analysis / probability.

Math Concept |
Approximate Percentage On Test |

Number and operations | 10-14% |

Algebra and functions | 48-52% |

Geometry and measurement (coordinate, three-dimensional, and trigonometry) | 28-32% |

Data analysis, statistics, and probability | 8-12% |

Some of these concepts appear on the math section of the general SAT, while others, like trigonometry, elementary functions, and graphing, are more advanced and specific to the SAT Math 2 Subject Test.

The following are examples of function and graphing questions you might see on the Math II Subject Test.

The SAT Math

Level 2

test contains questions that ask you to

define the range or domain of a function

.

Function questions may also present you with a graph or, like in the question below, ask you to

draw or visualize your own graph

and manipulate it to reflect changes in a function.

The answers to these questions are

D, D, and B,

respectively.

Studying with

lots of official practice questions

, along with

exceling in your school math courses

, is the best way to prepare yourself for the Math II Subject Test.

Like all the SAT Subject Tests

, the Math

Level 2

test is 60 minutes long. In this hour,

it asks you to answer 50 questions.

Now that we’ve reviewed what’s on the Math

Level 2

test,

when’s the best time for you to take it?

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When Should You Take the SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test?

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What Year Should You Take the Test?

College Board recommends that you should take

more than three years of college prep math

before you take the Math II Subject Test. These years should include two classes in algebra and one class in geometry, at least. A class in

trigonometry and/or precalculus

is very helpful, too.

So if you take algebra in eighth grade, geometry in 9th, algebra again in 10th, and trigonometry/precalculus in 11th, then you would probably be in

the best position to take the Math II Subject Test at the end of 11th grade.

If you are taking trigonometry/precalculus as a sophomore, then

you may be in a good position to take the Subject Test at the end of sophomore year.

Usually you want to take Math II, and any other Subject Test, at the end of your school year when the course content is freshest in your mind.

That being said,

which Subject Test dates coincide with the end of the academic year?

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What Test Date Should You Choose?

The Math Level 2 test is offered at

various dates throughout the year

. June may be the best time to take it, with May as a close runner up.

Math II is offered on

May 5 and June 2

. Its tentative spring dates for 2020 are May 2 and June 6.

Sign up by about a month in advance, if not sooner, just like the SAT. If you’re taking the general SAT in the same year as the Subject Test,

which one should you schedule first?

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What About All Your Other Tests, like the SAT/ACT and APs?

A smart way to schedule your Subject Test is to sign up for it

after you take the general SAT

. You’ll likely study a lot for the math section of the general SAT, and

this studying could overlap with your Subject Test prep.

If you’re taking both tests in the same year, you could take the general SAT in March (or May), and the Subject Test in May or June. Remember,

you can’t take the Subject Test on the same day as the general SAT

, but you can take up to three Subject Tests on one date.

While SAT prep can be helpful for the Math II test, aligning these tests should be a secondary concern. The

most important consideration is subject mastery.

So if you’ve taken trigonometry and precalculus as a sophomore, then you’ll probably be best served taking the Subject Test at the end of your sophomore year (which may be a year earlier than you’re taking the general SAT). This could also be a good way to spread out your tests and

have less on your plate in the spring of junior year.

While the Subject Test may or may not coincide with your studying for the SAT,

it may overlap with a class final or even AP test

. This could further help you know the math concepts inside and out, so you can achieve a strong Subject Test score for your college applications.

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To Sum Up…

A high score on the Math II Subject Test is impressive to any college, and especially to selective technical and engineering schools like MIT and CalTech! By

planning your study schedule and choosing the best test date

, you’ll be in the best position to score high on this competitive and impressive Subject Test.

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What’s Next?

You might be familiar with what’s a good score for the general SAT, but

what’s a good test score for the SAT Subject Tests?

Good scores actually differ by each Subject Test.

Learn all about the averages and good scores for each test here.

Are you a math whiz

aiming for a perfect score on the SAT math?

Read all about how to get an 800 in math by a perfect scorer on the SAT.