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.Back to the Top
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.Back to the Top
There are a variety of subject tests available:
For a full list of available tests, go to the College Board test listing page.Back to the Top
Every SAT Subject test is one hour long. Extended time students will have an hour and a half.Back to the Top
The SAT Subject Test dates and registration dates are found on the College Board website.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. You can take 1, 2, or 3 Subject Tests on any test date, but you cannot take both the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same date.
There are three ways you can register for the SAT Subject Tests:
Registration for the SAT Subject Tests costs $26. There is an additional $26 fee for Foreign Language tests with Listening, and if you choose to take more than one subject test on the same day, there is a fee of $21 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 of $29.Back to the Top
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.Back to the Top
For each test, the student will be given a score from 200 to 800. This score is known as the scaled score. Language Tests with Listening include sub scores on a scale of 20 to 80.
The scaled score is based on the raw score for the test. The raw score for a test is calculated by adding one point for each correct answer and subtracting a fractional point for each incorrect answer (1/4 point for five-choice questions, 1/3 point for four-choice questions, and 1/2 point for three-choice questions). No points are added or subtracted for unanswered questions. If the resulting score is a fraction, it is rounded to the nearest whole number. This score will then be compared to those of other test takers to obtain the scaled score.Back to the Top
Average scores and percentile ranks based on the most recent scores of all students of a particular graduating class are included in your score report.
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 testsBack to the Top
October, November, December, and May scores will be released online about two weeks after test day. You will receive an email when your scores are ready, and your scores will be sent to the colleges you requested within 10 days after they’re available to you. June and August scores will take longer and may not be available until six weeks after test day. Students who register online and wish to receive a score report by mail, in addition to the online score report, must request it when they register.Back to the Top
There are several things you MUST bring with you to the test:
In addition to these required items, you should also bring:
The following items are not allowed, and should be left in the car or at home: