What kind of SAT Subject Tests can I take?

Updated: May 27

This page provides information about the different SAT Subject Tests offered by the College Board. The SAT Subject Tests are 60-minute tests that assess knowledge in specific subjects. Certain colleges recommend subject tests in order to be a competitive applicant, which grows more in importance with specialized schools, such as Engineering and Nursing, as well as very prestigious private universities, such as the Ivy League. To learn about the Subject Tests, click here.


Biology(Ecological/Molecular)

Assesses your understanding of the major concepts of biology typically learned in high school and is an excellent way to showcase your achievements.


Given 60 minutes to complete 80 questions (20 of which are specialized towards molecular or ecological to your choosing, 60 of which are core questions).


Chemistry

Assess your understanding of the major concepts of chemistry and your ability to apply these principles to solve specific problems.

Given 60 minutes to complete 85 questions.

Keep in mind that there are several topics on the Chemistry subject test that are not covered in AOC or COC coursework.


Physics

Assesses students’ understanding of concepts from one year of introductory physics on the college-preparatory level, as well as reasoning and problem-solving skills derived from lab experience. If you intend to take the Physics Subject Test, it is important to take the highest level COC Physics courses and self-study due to the wide variety of concepts tested. Many prestigious universities require at least 1 SAT Subject Test in science, and the Physics test is beneficial if you are pursuing any STEM related major.


You are given 60 minutes to complete 75 multiple-choice questions.


Math I

The Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test assesses the knowledge you’ve gained from three years of college-preparatory mathematics, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry. If you’ve excelled in these courses, taking the test can support your high school grades, indicate an interest in pursuing math-based programs of study (science, technology, engineering, economics, etc.), and help you differentiate yourself in the admission process.


Given 60 minutes to complete 50 multiple- choice questions.


Math II

Assesses mathematical concepts up to Precalculus and trigonometry. As required/recommended by most STEM related majors and programs at universities, it is important to get a score in the high 700s (preferably 800) in order to compete with other highly qualified students. Scientific and graphing calculators are allowed and learning how to efficiently use them during the test will allow you to save time and maximize your score.


You are given 60 minutes to complete 50 multiple-choice questions.


We recommend that you take several practice tests to develop accuracy and minimize time spent on each question.


U.S History

Showcase your achievements and knowledge to colleges by taking the U.S. History Subject Test.


Given 60 minutes to complete 90 questions.


World History

Covers all historical themes (political and diplomatic, intellectual and cultural, social and economic) from ancient times to the present.


Given 60 minutes to complete 95 questions.


Literature

Highlight your strengths in reading and interpreting literary texts from a variety of historical periods and genres.


Given 60 minutes to complete 60 questions.


*Highly recommended for literature and philosophical majors to take this test to demonstrate interest in a pursuit of this subject.


Languages

Taking a subject test in a language can help show colleges you are more than proficient in multiple languages.


Options include German (with or without listening), Hebrew, Italian, French (with or without listening), Spanish (with or without listening), Latin, and Korean (with or without listening).





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