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SAT Subject Tests FAQs

Questions about the Test

Registration Questions

Score Questions

Test Day Questions


Questions about the Test

What are the SAT Subject Tests?

From the SAT website: The SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas and your ability to apply that knowledge. The SAT Subject Tests are the only national admissions tests that give you the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content in specific subjects, such as English, history, mathematics, science, and various foreign languages. These tests give you and colleges a very reliable measure of how prepared you are for college-level work in particular subjects. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future college performance in specific subject areas.

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Should I take SAT Subject Tests?

Many colleges require the SAT Subject Tests for admission and or placement. Some will require specific tests be taken, while others give the student the option of which test(s) to take, although a Math test is almost universally recommended. If the test is required at a college the student is applying to, then it is recommended they have the tests done by June of their junior year.

Even if the student is not required by the colleges to take the Subject Tests, taking them can still be beneficial because colleges can look at the student's scores in order to see how well they mastered their schoolwork.

If in doubt, ask your high school counselor.

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What Subject Tests are available?

There are a variety of subject tests available:

For a full list of available tests, go to the College Board test listing page.

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How long are the tests?

Every SAT Subject test is one hour long. Extended time students will have an hour and a half.

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Registration Questions

When are the SAT Subject Tests given?

The SAT Subject Test dates and registration dates are found on the College Board website.

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How do I register for the SAT Subject Tests?

There are three ways you can register for the SAT Subject Tests:

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How much does it cost to register for the SAT Subject Tests?

Registration for the SAT Subject Tests costs $23. There is an additional $23 fee for Foreign Language tests with listening, and if you choose to take more that one subject test on the same day, there is a fee of $12 for each test beyond the first. If you miss the registration date for the test, you can still register before the Late Registration deadline, but you will be charged an additional late fee.

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How can I get extended time on the SAT Subject Tests?

Obtaining extended time for the SAT Subject Tests is a multi-step process. If you want extended time, you should begin by talking to your school counselor. Additional information can be found on the College Board SAT Accommodations page.

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Score Questions

How are the SAT Subject Tests scored?

For each test, the student will be given a score from 200 to 800. This score is known as the scaled score.

The scaled score is based on the raw score for the test. The raw score for a test is calculated by taking the number of correct answers and subtracting one quarter of the number of incorrect answers. This score will then be compared to those of other test takers to obtain the scaled score.

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What is the average SAT Subject Test score?

Up-to-date information on this year's average SAT scores can be found on this website.

Please note that the average scores vary across the tests because different sets of students take the different tests. Therefore, you should not compare the scores for different tests.

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When will I get my scores back?

You should receive them in the mail in about 4 to 6 weeks.

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Test Day Questions

What should I bring to the test?

There are several things you MUST bring with you to the test:

In addition to these required items, you should also bring:

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What should I NOT bring to the test?

The following items are not allowed, and should be left in the car or at home:

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