Physics SAT Subject Test

The Physics Subject Test emphasizes relationships among physical concepts more than calculation or the use of formulas.

Our Physics Subject Test Program

Our approach to the Physics Subject Test is educational. Success on the Physics Subject Test is determined by the student's physical intuition, mathematical facility, and problem-solving skills. Accordingly, our individualized program is geared to ensuring each student strengthens all three.

Initially, classical mechanics is explored in depth through subtle problems that encourage thinking in terms of conservation laws and symmetry rather than sequential cause and effect. That emphasis furnishes a context for a unified treatment of all subsequent material. Through a combination of study and practice, students learn physical facts and processes in addition to specific problem-solving skills.

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Number of Questions

Type of Question




12–16 Multiple Choice Questions

Batches of 2–4 related questions, with a shared pool of 5 choices common to that batch

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Thermodynamics
  • Waves
  • Optics
  • Relativity
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Mathematical and laboratory methods
  • History of physics

1 Hour


Approximately 60 Multiple Choice Questions

Standard 5-choice questions


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 is the Physics Subject Test Taken?

Students can take the Physics Subject Test on any of the six official SAT Subject Test dates: October, November, December, May, June, and August. We recommend that students take the official test in May or June, near the end of their physics course at school.

Upcoming Physics 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


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