About the SAT Subject Tests

About the SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are supplementary college admissions tests designed to measure a student’s readiness to complete college-level work in Literature, U.S. History, World History, Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2, Languages, Biology E/M, Chemistry, and Physics.

SAT Subject Tests allow students to demonstrate mastery of content in subject areas in which they excel.

Questions on the Subject Tests tend to be less “tricky” and comprise one-hour multiple-choice exams without essay or short-answer questions. (The Language with Listening tests, however, feature reading and listening sections.) In general, students take these immediately after completing coursework in the subject being tested–often in May or June of the junior year.

Subject Tests are scored on the familiar 200-800 SAT scale. National average scores on the Subject Tests are generally higher than those of the SAT sections since students take only those tests for which they feel the most prepared.

Subject Tests are administered on the same dates as the regular SAT, and students may take up to three tests on a single day. Some tests are only available during particular months, however, so be sure to check the registration schedule for specifics.

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