About The SAT II Subject Tests

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SAT Subject Tests are hour long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas in which you excel, as well as differentiate yourself in the college admission process by sending a strong message about your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

Some colleges (usually top ranked colleges) also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfil basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.

Some Quick FAQs about the Subject tests

When Should I take the Subject Tests?

  • You can take a SAT Subject Test at any point during your senior secondary. Many students take the Math Subject Test in the fall of their twelfth standard. Other tests, such as sciences and languages, should be taken right after finishing related subjects in school.

How is it scored?

  • You get one score per test on a scale of 200-800.

How long is one Subject test?

  • One hour

Does Score Choice apply to SAT Subject tests?

  • Yes, you can choose which score to report

What is the difference between the SAT Subject Tests and the Advanced Placement (AP) Exams?

  • In a nutshell – the Subject Tests are high school level tests, while the AP exams assess college level knowledge.

How many Subject tests do I need to take?

  • Most colleges will require no more than two subject tests. You can take maximum three tests at a time.

What are the test dates of the SAT Subject Tests?

  • The Subject tests are administered for international students in May, June, October, November and December.

Can I take more than one Subject test on the same day?

  • Yes, you can take up to 3 Subject tests on the same day

Can I take both the SAT and a Subject Test on the same day?

  • No – you can take either of the tests, but not both

What are the various subject tests offered?

    • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, Languages, History, Mathematics and Science. The subjects are: 

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.

Some language tests are offered with a Listening section. Most Indian students take Math II, Physics, and Chemistry, Biology or the English Subject tests.

What is the test fee for one Subject Test?

  • The basic test Fee is $26; $26 for Language with Listening, and $22 for each of the all other Subject tests. For Indian students, an additional fee of $49 needs to be added.

Which Subject Tests should I take?

  • You should consider taking Subject Tests in the subjects that you’re interested in and have completed course work for. Start by making a list of the colleges you’re considering. Then review school websites, College Search Engines, or College Handbooks to find out whether the schools require SAT II scores for admission and, if so, how many tests and in which subjects. You may want to adjust your schedule in light of colleges’ requirements.

What if I don’t know which colleges I’m going to apply to?

  • You should consider taking Subject Tests in the subjects that you’re interested in and have completed course work for, particularly if you think you may wish to concentrate in that area in college. Avoid last-minute stress by building your credentials along the way when you’re most prepared to do well on these tests. Many colleges that don’t require or recommend Subject Tests will still consider them when reviewing your application.

What if the colleges that I’m interested in don’t require Subject Test scores?

  • You may still want to take Subject Tests in the subjects that you excel in and submit those scores. Many colleges may still consider Subject Tests when reviewing your application, since they give a more complete picture of your academic background and send a strong signal regarding your readiness to focus on a specific major or program of study. Subject Tests can also help you place into the right courses once you get to college, or potentially receive credit for subjects you’ve performed well in.


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