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What are SAT Subject Tests?

  • SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.
  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
  • Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.
  • You may have also heard that the SAT has been redesigned, but note that the SAT Subjects Tests remain the same for now.
  • SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year, on the same days and in the same test centers as the SAT — but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date. The Language with Listening tests are only offered in November. You can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date.
  • You can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day. Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests.
  • You choose what tests to take when you register, but on test day, you can add, subtract, or switch tests — with some limitations.

SAT Subjects Test Dates

Literature May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
Biology E/M May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
Chemistry May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
Physics May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
U.S. History May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
Mathematics Level 1 May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
Mathematics Level 2 May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
French May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
German June 1, 2019
Spanish May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019

Why take the SAT Subjects Test?

  • These tests helps you show off your strengths. Even colleges that don’t require Subject Tests may accept them and use them in admission to get a more complete picture of applicants.
  • You can showcase your interests to the college by sending them your scores that portray your interest in specific majors or programs — and how ready you are to tackle the work.
  • Some colleges use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Depending on your test scores, you might be able to fulfill basic requirements or get credit for introductory-level courses.
  • SAT Subjects test is also another way to show the skills and understanding that you have gained outside the classroom. Have you attended a summer program or a weekend class or even an online course? Then this test helps you showcase all these.
  • Students such as ESL students, international students, bilingual or multilingual students particularly benefit from this test as they help you see how well you’ve learned the subjects compared to other students around the country and the world.

When should you take the test?

  • You should take SAT Subject Tests right after you’ve completed the recommended classes, because the material will still be fresh in your mind. For the language tests, however, it’s best to take these tests after you’ve studied the language for at least two years.
  • Note that many colleges advise that you take the SAT Subject Tests by October or November of your senior year. For regular decision applications, some colleges will accept SAT Subject Test scores through the January administration. Check with the college you’re interested in to find out its deadlines.

What are the SAT Subject Test Policies?

  • You can take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date.
  • You can’t take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT on the same test date.
  • When you register, you must inform which SAT Subject Test(s) you plan to take. You can change your mind on test day, with limits. Learn more.
  • You can take only one Biology Subject Test per test date. After the first 60 questions, you have to choose either Biology Ecological or Biology Molecular; you can’t take both.
  • You can use calculators only on the Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 Subject Tests.
  • The Language with Listening tests are offered only in November.
  • The Language with Listening tests are always given in the first hour of testing. You can take only one Language with Listening test per test date.

SAT Subject Tests (Physics, Chemistry and Math Level II are a compulsory requirement for NRI students who are looking for admissions to Indian colleges under the DASA Program.)

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