SAT®  PREP – SAT SUBJECT TESTS

WHAT ARE THE SAT SUBJECT TESTS?

What you need to know about the SAT Subject Tests, their varieties, and our preparation options

ABOUT THE SAT SUBJECT TESTS

The SAT Subject Tests are a collection of 20 different tests within 5 specific categories: English, History, Languages, Mathematics, and Science. Each subject test lasts 1 hour and consists entirely of multiple-choice questions.

Unlike the SAT Subject Tests, the SAT is largely a test of verbal and math skills. Although you need to know vocabulary and a few formulas, it’s primarily designed to measure how well you read and think, rather than what you know.

The SAT Subject Tests, on the contrary, are designed to measure what you know about specific subjects. Sure, critical reading and thinking skills play a part, but the main purpose of the Subject Tests is to determine exactly what you know about math, history, chemistry, and so on.

Subject Tests
English Literature
History U.S. History
. World History
Mathematics Mathematics Level 1
. Mathematics Level 2
Science Biology E/M
. Chemistry
. Physics
Languages Chinese with Listening
. French
. French with Listening
. German
. German with Listening
. Modern Hebrew
. Italian
. Japanese with Listening
. Korean with Listening
. Latin
. Spanish
. Spanish with Listening
Subject Tests
English Literature
History U.S. History
. World History
Mathematics Mathematics Level 1
. Mathematics Level 2
Science Biology E/M
. Chemistry
. Physics
Languages Chinese with Listening
. French
. French with Listening
. German
. German with Listening
. Modern Hebrew
. Italian
. Japanese with Listening
. Korean with Listening
. Latin
. Spanish
. Spanish with Listening

HOW ARE THEY USED?

Schools that require these tests feel that they’re an important indicator of your ability to succeed in college. Specifically, they use your scores to help make admissions and placement decisions. Like the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests provide schools with a standard measure of academic performance, which they use to compare you to applicants from different high schools and different educational backgrounds. This information helps them to decide whether you have the academic ability to handle their curriculum.

Your scores may also be used to decide what course of study is appropriate for you once you’ve been admitted. A low score on the Math Level 1 test, for example, may require the student to take a remedial Math course. Conversely, a high score on the Chemistry test may exempt the student from an introductory science course. Some colleges even give credit for high scores on SAT Subject Tests.

SAT SUBJECT TEST SCORES

The SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200 – 800 scale. The Language Tests that include Listening will also include subscores, using a 20 – 80 scale.

Keep in mind that a Subject Test score is just one piece of information that colleges will use to evaluate you. The decision to accept or reject your application will be based on many criteria, including your high school transcript, SAT score, recommendations, personal statement, extracurricular activities, etc. So, failure to achieve the necessary score doesn’t automatically mean that your chances of getting in have been damaged.

WHICH TESTS TO TAKE?

The simple answer: Take the ones that you’ll do well on. High scores, after all, can only help your chances for admission. Some colleges demand that you take particular tests, usually one of the math tests. Other schools give you a choice in the matter, especially if they want you to take 3 subject tests. Before you register for any test, check with the colleges in which you’re interested to determine which they require.

WHEN ARE THE SUBJECT TESTS OFFERED?

The specific SAT Subject Tests’ administrations (dates and locations) vary greatly, especially outside the United States. The easiest way to register for the SAT Subject Tests is through the College Board’s online registration form. Registration deadlines generally fall approximately 1 month before each test date.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SAT SUBJECT TESTS?

At SIGHT Test Prep, we offer Private Tutoring (both online and in-classroom) for all SAT Subject Tests. Please check the specific page or contact us directly for more information.

As a Kaplan Certified Education Provider, we also offer preparation books for most SAT Subject Tests. Please check our specific SAT Study Materials page to learn more about these books.