SAT Subject Tests (SAT II)

Info about SAT Subject Tests

About the SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests is the name for 20 multiple choice standardized tests given on individual subjects. A student typically chooses which tests to take depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools to which he or she is planning to apply. Every test is a one-hour timed test.

A student may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on any given test date. Most SAT subject tests are offered on the same dates as the regular SAT, except for the March administration.

Though not all schools require the SAT Subject Tests, some of the most competitive US colleges require them as part of their application.

SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) and Mean Scores from 2014

Literature 619
U.S. History 643
World History 626
Mathematics Level 1 621
Mathematics Level 2 691
Biology E-627 / M-653
Chemistry 668
Physics 665
Chinese with Listening 758
French 635
French with Listening 664
German 640
German with Listening 626
Modern Hebrew 615
Italian 694
Japanese with Listening 695
Korean with Listening 767
Latin 626
Spanish 651
Spanish with Listening 664

To see full percentile ranks for Subject Tests, click here .

Frequently Asked Questions

The SAT Subject Tests are administered 6 times a year—August, October, November, December, May, and June.

You can register for the SAT at the College Board website. Before registering, you will need to create a login with the College Board.

The College Board places no limitations on the number of times a student can take the SAT Subject Tests. Most students take the exam two or three times to ensure their scores are representative of their abilities.

  • Base Fee: $26
  • +Language with Listening Test: $26 (per test)
  • +All Other Subject Tests: $16 (per test)

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