SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based exams that assess student knowledge and mastery of specific subject matter within the disciplines of English, history, mathematics, science, and languages. Each year, nearly one million SAT Subject Tests are taken by students around the world.
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How do SAT Subject Tests benefit my student?
SAT Subject Tests allow students to differentiate themselves in the college admission process as some of the more selective colleges require them for admission. Other colleges do not require SAT Subject Test scores but do prefer them as an index to a student’s academic mastery. In conjunction with other college admission credentials (high school grades, standardized test scores, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of a student’s academic background.
Benefits of SAT Subject Tests can include:
- Gaining admission to some of the more selective colleges and universities
- Placing out of introductory college classes. Some colleges may even grant credit for good performance
- Satisfying basic requirements for certain majors or programs of study
Subject Tests provide students an opportunity to distinguish themselves as college ready candidates possessing the academic mastery to succeed at advanced curriculum.
SAT Subject Tests are offered six times per year in October, November, December, January, May, and June. However, every test is not offered each month. Please visit the SAT website for specific registration deadlines and test dates.
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|Listening (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean)||X|
Which schools require SAT Subject Tests?
|College||Subject Test Policy|
|Amherst College||Subject Tests considered if submitted|
|Babson College||Subject Tests considered if submitted|
|Barnard College||Subject Tests considered if submitted|
|Bates College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted|
|Boston College||Subject Tests may "highlight a talent in a specific area."|
|Boston University||Accelerated medical and dental programs require Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math 2. A Subject Test in a foreign language is also recommended for these programs|
|Bowdoin College||Subject Tests will be considered if submitted.|
|Brown University||Brown requires the SAT and two Subject Tests OR the ACT. Liberal Medical Education Applicants should submit at least 1 science Subject Test.|
|Bucknell University||Subject Tests will be considered as "supplemental information."|
|California Institute of Technology||Math Level 2, and one Subject Test in Biology (Ecological), Biology (Molecular), Chemistry, or Physics are required.|
|Carleton College||Subject Tests are recommended as a way to "enhance a candidate's credentials."|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Two SAT Subject Tests are required for most applicants. Subject requirements vary by program, but include Math (Level 1 or Level 2). College of Fine Arts programs, with the exception of Architecture, do not require Subject Tests.|
|Case Western Reserve University||Subject Tests considered if submitted.|
|Claremont McKenna||Subject Tests considered if submitted.|
|Colby College||Colby's testing requirements are satisfied with either the SAT, the ACT or three Subject Tests.|
|College of William & Mary||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Colorado College||Colorado College's requirements are satisfied with either the SAT, ACT, or three exams of the student's choice selected from the lists provided on their website.|
|Columbia University||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Connecticut College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Cornell University||Some Cornell colleges require one or two subject tests.|
|Dartmouth College||Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended.|
|Davidson College||Two Subject Tests (Math and one other) are recommended for students submitting SAT scores.|
|Duke University||Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended if applicants submit SAT scores.|
|Emory University||Subject Tests are encouraged, but not required. Students are encouraged to submit SAT subject exam scores for academic areas of strength and/or interest.|
|Franklin Olin College of Engineering||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|George Washington University||Two Subject Tests are required in science and mathematics for the Seven Year BA/MD program.|
|Georgetown University||Georgetown strongly recommends three Subject Tests.|
|Hamilton College||Hamilton's testing requirements are satisfied with one of the following options: (1) SAT (2) ACT (3) Quantitative, verbal, and writing tests from among SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and APs.|
|Harvard University||Two Subject Tests are "normally" required. "You may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them."|
|Harvey Mudd College||Two Subject Tests required (Math Level 2 and one other).|
|Ithaca College||Subject Tests may be submitted as "supplemental information."|
|Johns Hopkins University||Students may submit Subject Tests as a "way to demonstrate an academic strength." Engineering applicants are encouraged to submit Math Level 2 and one science.|
|Kenyon College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|King's College of London||U.S. applicants are required to submit scores from three Subject Tests or three AP exams.|
|Lafayette College||Subject Tests are recommended.|
|Macalester College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||One SAT Subject Test in math and one Subject Test in science are required.|
|McGill University||McGill requires the SAT and two SAT Subject Test OR ACT. Subject recommendations vary by department.|
|Middlebury College||Middlebury's testing requirements are satisfied with one of the following options: (1) SAT (2) ACT (3) Three Subject Tests|
|Mills College||"A student's overall record may be enhanced by the presentation of SAT Subject Tests."|
|New York University||NYU's testing requirements are satisfied by fulfilling one of the following: (A) SAT (B) ACT with Writing (C) 3 Subject Tests (D) 3 AP exams (E) The International Baccalaureate Diploma (F) 3 IB higher-level exams (if a student is not an IB Diploma candidate). Students who choose to submit three SAT Subject Test, AP, or IB scores must submit one in literature or the humanities, one in math or science, and one of the student's choice. Some programs have additional requirements.|
|Northwestern University||Northwestern recommends applicants take two Subject Tests. The Honors Program in Medical Education and the Integrated Science Program require specific Subject Tests.|
|Oberlin College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Occidental College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Pomona College||Subject Tests are considered as part of a complete testing profile.|
|Pratt Institute||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. Bachelor of Architecture applicants are encourage to take Math Level 1 or Level 2.|
|Princeton University||Princeton recommends that applicants submit 2 Subject Tests. Engineering candidates are advised to take a math Subject Test and either chemistry or physics.|
|Reed College||Subjects tests are considered if submitted.|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||RPI requires the SAT (Essay optional) or ACT with Writing. Applicants to the accelerated program must take the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay and 2 SAT Subject Tests (1 math and 1 science).|
|Rice University||Rice requires the SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests OR ACT with Writing. It is recommended that Subject Tests be taken in subjects related to proposed area of study.|
|Scripps College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Smith College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Stanford University||"SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage. Because SAT Subject Tests are optional, applicants may use Score Choice to selectively send their SAT Subject Test scores."|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or 2) and either Chemistry or Biology are required for the Accelerated Medical Program.|
|Swarthmore College||Subject Tests scores will be considered if submitted. Prospective engineers are encouraged to take Math Level 2.|
|The Cooper Union||School of Engineering requires SAT Subject tests in Math and either Physics or Chemistry.|
|Tufts University||Tufts requires the SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests OR ACT. Engineering applicants submitting Subject Tests are advised to take math and either physics or chemistry. Students considering a major in mathematics or the sciences are advised to take math and a science test.|
|Union College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. The 8-year medical program requires either the ACT with Writing or the SAT and two Subject Tests.|
|University of California, Berkeley||UC Berkeley requires the SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing and considers Subject Tests if submitted. College of Chemistry and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and a science related to the applicant's intended major.|
|University of California, Davis||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of California, Irvine||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. School of Engineering, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, and Program in Public Health all have specific Subject Test recommendations.|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recommends Math Level 2 and a science test related to the applicant's intended major.|
|University of California, Merced||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of California, Riverside||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering recommend Math Level 2 and either Chemistry or Physics.|
|University of California, San Diego||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. Biological or physical science applicants and applicants to the School of Engineering should take Math Level 2 and a science Subject Test related to the applicant's intended major.|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. Math Level 2 is recommended for College of Engineering applicants and College of Creative Studies applicants in math, physics, or computer science. In addition, physics, biology, chemistry, and biochemistry majors are encouraged to take the appropriate science Subject Test.|
|University of California, Santa Cruz||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of Chicago||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of Delaware||Subject Tests are strongly recommended for the Honors Program.|
|University of Georgia||Subject Tests are recommended.|
|University of Miami||Honors Program in Medicine and Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology require minimum scores of 600 on a math Subject Test and on a science Subject Test.|
|University of Michigan||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of Notre Dame||"SAT Subject Tests, AP, and IB tests are only used in the application process if scores enhance an application."|
|University of Pennsylvania||Any 2 Subject Tests are recommended for arts, humanities, and social sciences applicants. STEM applicants are strongly encouraged to take Math Level 2 and a science Subject Test (Physics recommended for engineering applicants). Math Level 2 is recommended for business applicants. Nursing applicants are encouraged to submit a science Subject Test (preferably, Chemistry).|
|University of Rochester||Rochester's testing requirements are satisfied with one of the following options: (1) SAT (2) ACT (3) 2 or more results from SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, or IB exams.|
|University of Southern California||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|University of Toronto||Most programs require U.S. students to submit Subject Test, AP, or IB scores in specific areas.|
|University of Virginia||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Vanderbilt University||Subject Tests are considered if submitted. School of Engineering applicants choosing to submit scores should strongly consider taking either Math Level 1 or Level 2.|
|Vassar College||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Wake Forest University||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Washington and Lee University||Submission of 2 SAT Subject Tests in different subjects is strongly recommended. "[Subject Tests] can provide our admission committee with useful information as we seek to distinguish between the many highly qualified applicants."|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Webb Institute||Webb requires the SAT or ACT with Writing AND SAT Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or Level 2) and either Chemistry or Physics.|
|Wellesley College||Wellesley requires the SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests OR ACT with Writing. At least one quantitative Subject Test strongly recommended to students pursuing math or sciences.|
|Wesleyan University||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Subject Tests are considered if submitted.|
|Yale University||Subject Tests are recommended.|
In general, the ideal time to take SAT Subject Tests is immediately following the completion of the recommended classes while the material is still fresh. Typically, students benefit from testing in the spring of sophomore and junior year when they are peaking in the knowledge of their respective academic courses.
College application deadlines should also be considered during the process. Many colleges recommend taking the tests by October or November of senior year for students interested in applying for Early Decision or Early Action. Academic Approach recommends contacting specific colleges for their policies.
SAT Subject Tests are multiple-choice exams lasting one hour, while AP exams typically last three hours. AP exams cover the same multiple-choice content as the Subject Tests but feature additional content: essays, extended response items, etc. While there is overlap between the two, SAT Subject Tests require specific attention to the content of the multiple-choice items, which may or may not be covered within the context of the student’s AP coursework, so supplementing can be beneficial.
In addition to the benefits already mentioned, SAT Subject Tests provide an excellent opportunity for students to complement or enhance their admission credentials and send a strong message to colleges about their readiness to study certain majors or programs.
Other Important Details:
-A student may take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date.
-SAT Subject Tests and the SAT cannot be taken on the same test date.
-The Language with Listening tests are always given in the first hour of testing. Only one listening test can be taken per test date.
-A student must indicate which SAT Subject Tests he or she plans to take when registering. However, the student may change which test(s) are actually taken on test day, with the exception of Language with Listening tests.
-Calculators may be used only on the Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 Subject Tests.
-Only one Biology test can be taken per test date (Ecological or Molecular).