The SAT Subject Tests are exams used as college admissions criteria. There are over twenty subject tests offered covering a wide range of subjects.
Subject Tests Offered
- Biology (Ecological)
- Biology (Molecular)
- Chinese with Listening
- French with Listening
- German with Listening
- Japanese with Listening
- Korean with Listening
- Mathematics Level 1
- Mathematics Level 2
- Modern Hebrew
- Spanish with Listening
- U.S. History
- World History
Different colleges have different requirements with regards to SAT subject tests. Some require two or three while others require none. Students should check the specific requirements for each of their preferred schools.
Format and Content
Each subject test is a one-hour, multiple-choice exam. Students may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date. The “Language with Listening” tests are always given in the first hour of testing and only one listening test can be taken per test date. SAT Subject Tests and the SAT CANNOT be taken on the same test date.
Students must indicate which SAT Subject Tests they plan to take when they register. However, they may change which test(s) they actually take on test day — except for Language with Listening tests.
The content of the exam varies depending on the subject. Calculators may be used ONLY on the Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 subject Tests.
Subject tests, like the SAT, are scored on a scale from 200-800 with percentile rankings also provided.
2016-2017 Test Dates*
- August 26, 2017 (registration deadline is 7/28/17)
- October 7, 2017 (registration deadline is 9/8/17)
- November 4, 2017 (registration deadline is 10/5/17)
- December 2, 2017 (registration deadline is 11/2/17)
- March 10, 2018 (registration deadline is 2/9/18)
- May 5, 2018 (registration deadline is 4/6/18)
- June 2, 2018 (registration deadline is 5/3/18)
*Not every subject test is available on every test date. Visit the CollegeBoard website to see which tests are available on specific dates.
Registration Fee: $26
Each SAT Subject Test: $20
Language Test with Listening: $26