Barron’s SAT Subject Test: Physics, 2nd Edition

Barron’s SAT Subject Test: Physics, 2nd Edition PDF

Author: Robert Jansen M.A. and Greg Young M.S. Ed

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series


Publish Date: September 1, 2016

ISBN-10: 1438007892

Pages: 600

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface


The SAT Subject Test in Physics is designed to assess the outcome of completing a college-preparatory physics course in high school. Although state and course requirements for physics may vary, all college-preparatory physics courses should
address certain core topics and principles. The SAT Subject Test in Physics focuses on this common ground. The goal of this book is to review the main topics and concepts that are likely to appear on the SAT Subject Test in Physics and help you prepare for the exam.


The chapters are organized to maximize the effectiveness of your study time. Each chapter begins with a summary of the topics to be covered, bulleted points of the major topics, and a list of new variables discussed in the chapter. The body of the chapter includes a discussion of the topics along with relevant example questions. Each chapter also includes a unique “What’s the Trick?” approach to help you solve the questions quickly and effectively. The margins contain tips called “If You See . . .” which point out some of the major insights into critical topics and difficult concepts. The end of the chapter contains a bulleted summary along with a table grouping the critical “If You See . . .” elements as a concentrated review. Each chapter is followed by multiple-choice practice questions with answers and explanations.

QR codes appear throughout the text, next to key examples. Each QR code links to an online video explanation of the example problem it is associated with. The following QR code is linked to the table of contents for all of the videos available for this text. The available video sequences solve selected example problems in a dynamic manner. In addition to the chapters that review the exam content, the book includes four complete practice exams. The first practice exam should be used as a diagnostic test to assess your current level of understanding of the subject matter and to establish a baseline score to improve upon. Ideally, you should take this first diagnostic examination using the same guidelines as an actual SAT Subject Test in Physics:

■ Time limit of 1 hour for 75 multiple-choice questions.
■ NO calculators allowed.
■ No physics formula sheet is allowed, and none will be provided.
■ Correct answers receive 1 point.
■ Subtract ¼ point for each incorrect answer.
■ Answers left blank receive 0 points.

Table of Contents for Video Example Problems (Tap or click the below)

A complete list of test-taking parameters and how to find your approximate raw score is provided near the end of this introduction. You should take the other three examinations after you have completed all or portions of your review. Different students will approach this review in a variety of ways. Some may choose to work methodically through each chapter, which will require starting well before the actual exam date and setting aside adequate review time. Students with limited time may decide to read the important “If You See . . .” tips in the margins and attempt the end-of-chapter questions to determine if they should study a particular chapter in depth.

Keep in mind that each chapter builds on the material from previous chapters. Skimming the material too quickly, especially in chapters containing key foundational material, can result in errors throughout the entire exam. Remember these helpful tips as you use this review book:
■ Start reviewing the material well before the exam date. Set aside an hour or two each day to read through the chapters. Trying to cram in all the information at once is not as effective as reviewing smaller portions over time.
■ Solve the practice problems as though they are an actual exam. Merely reading the solutions without actually attempting to solve the problems will not help you to understand the material.
■ Being able to visualize the events described in an exam question is a valuable skill in physics. Students who construct diagrams to represent the situations described in physics problems tend to earn better scores on the exam.
■ Some questions require you to recall facts, and others require you to understand concepts and principles. Many involve the use or understanding of formulas without complicated arithmetical calculations. Calculators are not allowed on the examination, and a list of formulas is not provided. Therefore, memorizing key physics formulas and having a working knowledge of how to manipulate variables are crucial for success.

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