SAT Subject Tests General Information

SAT Subject Tests are one-hour multiple-choice exams used in college admissions. Each test focuses on a different subject.

Our SAT Subject Test Programs

Our SAT Subject Test Programs focus on the foundational educational concepts that underly the questions on each test. Through rigorous practice, we teach students the range of relevant material—usually at least as much material as a standard full-year high school class. Meetings, homework, and timed, full-length practice tests all provide opportunities for students to learn and master the information and refine their problem-solving skills.

Contact us to speak with a program consultant to discuss your goals and set up diagnostic SAT Subject Tests. If you are considering which Subject Tests to pursue, taking diagnostics in several areas may help inform your decision.

Program Length

We recommend that students begin studying for a Subject Test several months before they intend to take it. Tutoring sessions can begin at any point during the academic year or over the summer. Diagnostic test results and other considerations allow us to tailor an individualized program for each student.

Subject Tests gauge knowledge of history, mathematics, science, or language. Some colleges recommend that an applicant provide two or three Subject Test scores, often in areas of the student's own choosing. Because admissions criteria vary, applicants should carefully check Subject Test requirements at the particular colleges or programs under consideration.

Subject Test Programs

We offer programs to prepare for the following SAT Subject Tests:

  • Literature
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Mathematics Level 1
  • Mathematics Level 2
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Subject Test formats vary according to each test's field and emphasis. To see specific formats, select one of our Subject Test Programs.

How are SAT Subject Tests Scored?

  • All SAT Subject Test scores are scaled from 200 to 800.
  • A fraction of a point is deducted from the raw score for each incorrect answer.

When are SAT Subject Tests Taken?

Students can take most Subject Tests on any of the six official SAT Subject Test dates: October, November, December, January, May, and June. A few subjects offer more limited options. For example, World History and Latin are both offered only in December and in June. Select one of our Subject Test Programs to see when each test is offered.

Because Subject Test content often overlaps with school coursework, we recommend that most students plan to take the test near the end of the overlapping school courses.

Students may cancel a Subject Test score by the first Wednesday after taking the test. Unless a student experienced equipment failure on a Math Subject Test or Language with Listening Subject Test, students must cancel all Subject Tests taken per test date.

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