Literature SAT Subject Test

The Literature Subject Test consists of reading passages followed by related questions. It is particularly appropriate for students with strong reading skills.

Our Literature Subject Test Program

Our educational approach to the Literature Subject Test Program is individually tailored to each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and background in Literature. Tutors teach students close reading techniques that emphasize both literal comprehension and literary interpretation, skills that lead to success on the test and in future academic work.

Through theory and practice, we help students become attuned to the denotations and connotations of language. Students study relevant literary terms and rhetorical devices, along with frequently tested vocabulary. Meetings, homework, and proctored, full-length practice tests all provide opportunities for the exercise and refinement of the concepts and problem-solving skills emphasized during tutoring sessions.

Contact us to speak with a program to discuss your goals and set up a diagnostic Literature Subject Test.


Substance of Questions

Number of Passages

Number of Questions


Reading passages followed by questions. Passages include a variety of poetry and prose, usually drawn from every century beginning with the seventeenth century.

  • Language
  • Rhetoric
  • Meaning
  • Tone

6–8 Passages

Approximately 60 Multiple Choice Questions

1 Hour

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 the Literature Subject Test Taken?

Students can take the Literature Subject Test on any of the six official SAT Subject Test dates: October, November, December, May, June, and August.

Upcoming Literature Subject Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Accommodations Request Deadline

May 6, 2017

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 17, 2017

June 3, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 24, 2017

April 14, 2017

August 26, 2017

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

Tutors in Washington DC

Joshua Kaplan

Joshua Kaplan

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT; and more

J.D. from Yale Law School.
M.F.A. from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
B.A./B.S. in English and Film & Television from Boston University.
Mary Pickford Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Boston University Trustee Scholar; Florida Keys Emerging Playwright; Kodak Film Scholar.

Jordan Schwartz

Jordan Schwartz

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Literature, U.S. History, World History, LSAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University.
Harvey S. Bodker Outstanding Leadership Award.

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