SAT Test Subjects

SAT test subjects

A perfect college application is a complex concoction of Academic marks, letter of recommendations, SAT scores and personal essays. Each component holds its sway in different categories. While people try their best to improve these specific ingredients for the best possible result, the SAT subject tests add a whole new dimension to the equation and allow you to have the cutting edge over the competition.

While the general SAT exams only test your reasoning and analytical skills, the SAT Subject Tests assess your knowledge in specific subject areas. They are entirely and allow you to choose the subject(s) in which you excel and best demonstrate subject mastery.

What makes the Test subjects special is that they align with classes you are required or have elected to take in high school, like Biology, Literature, Math, and languages. This enables your choice of Subject Test line up with your strengths and interests. As with all the other parts of your application, your Subject Tests give key insight to your key skills and interests.

While some colleges specifically ask for test subject scores for specific courses, some don’t make it mandatory. In any case, a good test subject course can help you go a long way in future college placements and internships while some colleges also allow Subject Test scores to make up for a low general SAT score.

Here is a list of all 21 subject tests currently available under the SAT.
English Literature Math Level 1 Math Level 2 U.S. History World History Biology Ecological Biology Molecular
Physics Chemistry French French with Listening Spanish Spanish with Listening Italian
Modern Hebrew Latin German German with Listening Chinese with Listening Korean with Listening Japanese with Listening
Here are a few things you should know about SAT subject tests
  • SAT Subject Tests are generally offered six times in any given school year. However, not all 20 tests are offered on every test date.
  • SAT Subject Tests are generally offered on the same dates that the SAT is offered.
  • As administration of both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests are concurrent, students may not take both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same test date.
  • SAT Subject Tests are administered at the same test centres as the SAT.
  • You may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date.
  • The Language with Listening tests is always given in the first hour of testing. Only one listening test can be taken per test date.
  • Calculators may be used only on the Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 Subject Tests.
  • You cannot take the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT on the same test date.
  • You must indicate which SAT Subject Tests you plan to take when you register. However, you may change which test(s) you actually take on test day - except for Language with Listening tests.