Literature SAT Subject Test Tutoring

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 Tutoring 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

November 2, 2019

October 3, 2019

October 22, 2019

September 13, 2019

December 7, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 26, 2019

October 18, 2019

May 2, 2020

 April 3, 2020  April 21, 2020

March 13, 2020

June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020

May 27, 2020

April 17, 2020

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Tutors in Washington DC

Philip D. Fileri

Philip D. Fileri

Tutor of: U.S. History, World History, Literature, French; Academic US History, Academic World History, Academic French and more

M.A. in History from Harvard University.
B.A., summa cum laude, in History from Columbia University.
Phi Beta Kappa; Editor for Charged Affairs.

Joshua Kaplan

Joshua Kaplan

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

Belinda M. Lai

Belinda M. Lai

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

M.B.A. in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University.
Director of Advantage Testing of Washington D.C.

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