College PrepSATSubject tests

What are SAT® Subject Tests?

The different SAT® Subject Exams test your knowledge of general subjects, such as: 

  • English
  • Math
  • History
  • Languages 
  • Science

What You Need to Know

Subject Tests serve as an opportunity to showcase your strengths in a specific area and are meant to evaluate your knowledge from a high school level. The topics covered on the various Subject Tests are based on high school curriculums, so the best way to prepare for these exams is to study hard in your classes throughout your high school career. Each subject test is 60 minutes and consists of multiple-choice questions. For each correct answer, one point is given, and for each incorrect answer, a portion of one point is subtracted. Your scaled score will be between 200 and 800 points.

Why Take a Subject Test?

Some universities recommend that you send SAT Subject Test scores based on the college or major you are applying to, and some universities require these scores with your application. You should know by sending in test scores from the Subject Tests, a more detailed impression of your academic interests or strengths is available. The scores can also be used for course placement or allow you to test out of entry-level courses.

Which Subject Test should you take? 

That depends on your academic background, interests, or prospective majors. The Subject Tests offered are:

  • English Literature
  • Math Level 1
  • Math Level 2
  • U.S. History 
  • World History
  • Spanish
  • Spanish with Listening
  • French 
  • French with Listening
  • Chinese with Listening
  • Italian
  • German
  • German with Listening
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Japanese with Listening
  • Korean with Listening

If there is a Subject Test that aligns with your interests, or if you are already sure of your future major, then sending in your relevant scores can benefit you (especially in a competitive applicant pool). If you are an ESL or International student, the Subject Tests may serve as an opportunity for you to showcase your academic strengths without the additional factor of performing your English skills. Taking a Language Subject Test may help you stand out!

SAT Subject Testing occurs six times per year. You can take up to three Subject Tests per testing date, but you may not take the SAT exam and an SAT Subject Test on the same testing date. You should know that the Subject Tests offered during each testing session vary, so be sure to schedule accordingly.