SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour exams that allow students to demonstrate knowledge and showcase achievement in specific subjects.

By taking the tests, students can:

  • Differentiate themselves in a competitive admission environment by providing a more complete picture of their academic achievements and interests
  • Highlight their strengths in particular subjects or programs of study, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the humanities or foreign languages
  • Help English language learners demonstrate achievement in subject areas that are not as reliant on English language mastery, such as math, science or foreign languages.


SAT Subject Tests are flexible. Students can:

  • Choose to take tests in subjects they know well
  • Take one, two or three 60-minute tests per sitting
  • Change the subjects or the number of tests they want to take on test day (except for Language with Listening Tests).
  • Take the tests with confidence knowing that the content comes directly from topics taught in the classroom.


Which Subject Tests to Take

  • Students should consider taking the tests in subjects in which they have an interest or excel. They should research whether prospective colleges require specific Subject Test scores for admission. Some colleges grant an exemption from or credit for a freshman course requirement if a student does well on a particular SAT Subject Test.


There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.

  • English
    • Literature
  • History
    • U.S. History
    • World History
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics Level 1
    • Mathematics Level 2
  • Science
    • Biology E/M
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Languages
    • Chinese with Listening
    • French
    • French with Listening
    • German
    • German with Listening
    • Modern Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese with Listening
    • Korean with Listening
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Spanish with Listening


For more information, please visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests