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About the SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests include more than 20 different tests focusing on specific disciplines, such as English, history and the social sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and foreign languages. 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, however, 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.
How Are They Used?
Schools that require SATs 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 I test, for example, may require you to take a remedial Math course. Conversely, a high score on the Chemistry test may exempt you from an introductory science course.
Which Tests Should You Take?
The simple answer: Take the ones that you'll do well on. High scores, after all, can only help your chances for admission. Unfortunately, many colleges demand that you take particular tests, usually one of the math tests. Some 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.
|Choices... Choices... Choices|
|Mathematics||Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
French with Listening
German with Listening
Spanish with Listening
Chinese with Listening
The SAT Subject Tests Dates and Registration
The easiest way to register for the SAT Subject Tests is through the College Board's online registration form. Registration deadlines generally fall approximately 5 weeks before each test date.
On your pre-assigned test date, you will be required to bring your admissions ticket and picture identification. You should also bring a couple of #2 pencils with erasers, and if you're taking a Math IC or IIC exam, bring a calculator. Finally, if you're registered for one of the listening tests, bring a cassette player including earphones.
Upcoming Test Dates
|Exam Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration|
|October 11, 2014||September 12, 2014||September 30, 2014|
|November 8, 2014||October 9, 2014||October 28, 2014|
|December 6, 2014||November 6, 2014||November 24, 2014|
|January 24, 2015||December 29, 2014||January 13, 2015|
|May 2, 2015||April 6, 2015||April 21, 2015|
|June 6, 2015||May 8, 2015||May 27, 2015|