Physics SAT Subject Test Tutoring

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

Our Physics Subject Test Tutoring 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.

Contact us to speak to a program consultant and schedule a diagnostic Physics Subject Test.


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

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

Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan

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

A.B. in Physics from Brown University.
National US History Bee Finalist; National History Bowl Best Solo Team; National Merit Scholar; National AP Scholar.

Lindsay Gorman

Lindsay Gorman

Tutor of: Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Chemistry, Physics, German; Academic Math, Academic Chemistry, Academic Physics and more

M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford University.
A.B. in Physics from Princeton University.

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