How To Best Prepare for SAT Chemistry

SAT Chemistry Subject Test is a 60 minute multiple choice test consisting of 85 questions. These are 4 steps to prepare to ace the test.

  1. Take a diagnostic test.

This test will help you determine what topics you should go over and focus on. This is especially relevant for students who have taken the AP Chemistry class. For those who took regular chemistry, we advice going over most topics before taking the diagnostic test.

We suggest taking the diagnostic in the Barron's SAT chemistry book.

2. Practice, Practice and Practice

While it is very important to review and learn topics you do not know, it is even more important to practice questions on those topics. After reviewing each chapter, do 40-60 questions on that topic using different sources. You can use online sources, Khan Academy, college textbook, and end of chapter questions from your review book. Using a variety of practice sources ensures that you cover all aspects of the topic and see a variety of ways questions can be asked.

3. Take Tests And Review Them Thoroughly

Make sure to time these tests. Mark any questions you were not sure about. Go over all the questions you got wrong or were not sure about. Identify weak topics from the test you took, and do extra 20 questions on each topic you got wrong. Towards the end of your preparation, you should buy the official SAT Chemistry book to take the 2 official tests.

4. Make a list of all the things you need to memorize for the test.

These include: formulas, activity series, solubility rules, oxidation rules, organic functional groups, facts about elements, and different kinds of reactions. Keep reading these notes every day before you go to sleep.

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