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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 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 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.

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Subject

Discipline

Discipline

Discipline

English

Literature

History

U.S. History

World History

Mathematics

Mathematics Level 1

Mathematics Level 2

Science

Biology E/M

Chemistry

Physics

Languages

French

French with Listening

German

German with Listening

Spanish

Spanish with Listening

Chinese with Listening

Modern Hebrew

Italian

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 Level 1 or Math Level 2 exam, bring a calculator. Finally, if you’re registered for one of the listening tests, bring a CD Player including earphones.

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Registration Deadline

Late Registration

May 6, 2017

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 24, 2017

Your SAT Subject Test Scores

The SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200-800 scale. A score of 600 is considered very solid. 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.

Kaplan's SAT Subject Test Books

Kaplan’s best-selling SAT Subject Test books offer in-depth coverage of every subject exam. Our books also provide practice tests and other prep tools to help push scores to the next level.

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