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.
Academic Approach is ready to help your student prepare for and excel on SAT Subject Tests.
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.
|Mathematics Level 1||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Mathematics Level 2||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Listening (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean)||X|
Which schools require SAT Subject Tests?
|College||Subject Test Policy|
|Amherst College||Considered if submitted|
|Babson College||Not required nor considered|
|Barnard College||Considered if submitted|
|Bates College||Considered if submitted|
|Boston College||Considered to "highlight a talent in a specific area"|
|Boston University||Required for accelerated medical and dental programs (Chemistry and Math Level 2). A Subject Test in a foreign language is also recommended for these programs.|
|Bowdoin College||Considered if submitted, except homeschooled or non-graded high school students who are required to take Math Level 1 or 2 and a science.|
|Brown University||Recommend 2 Subject Tests of student's choice. Liberal Medical Education applicants should submit at least 1 science Subject Test.|
|Bucknell University||Considered as "supplemental information." Recommends test in foreign language for any student planning to enroll in foreign language classwork.|
|California Institute of Technology||Requires Math Level 2 and one science test|
|Carleton College||Considered as "valuable aids in the assessment of the quality of student achievement in a wide variety of secondary school programs."|
|Carnegie Mellon University||2 Subject Tests recommended, except for the College of Fine Arts|
|Case Western Reserve University||Not required nor considered|
|Claremont McKenna||Considered if submitted. Homeschooled students are required to submit two Subject Tests, one of which must be math.|
|Colby College||2 Subject Tests can be substituted for the SAT or ACT.|
|College of the Holy Cross||Considered if submitted|
|College of William & Mary||Not required nor considered. Homeschooled students are encouraged to submit scores for two Subject Tests in core subject areas.|
|Colorado College||3 Subject Tests can be substituted for either the SAT or ACT. The tests must include one quantitative, one writing/verbal, and a third student's choice.|
|Columbia University||Considered if submitted|
|Connecticut College||Considered if submitted|
|Cooper Union||School of Engineering requires Subject Tests in Math and either Physics or Chemistry.|
|Cornell University||2 student's choice required for Arts & Sciences; 1 Math and one science required for Engineering|
|Dartmouth College||2 Subject Tests recommended "to help us better understand your academic strengths."|
|Davidson College||Considered if submitted|
|Duke University||2 Subject Tests are recommended if applicants submit SAT scores.|
|Emory University||Encouraged, but not required. Homeschooled applicants are required to submit scores from 3 Subject Tests.|
|Franklin Olin College of Engineering||Considered if submitted.|
|George Washington University||2 Subject Tests are required in science and mathematics for the Seven Year BA/MD program.|
|Georgetown University||3 Subject Tests strongly recommended|
|Hamilton College||3 SAT Subject Tests can be substituted for either the SAT or ACT. One must be a verbal or writing/essay test, one a quantitative test, and the third student's choice.|
|Harvard University||2 Subject Tests required. However, "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||2 Subject Tests required: Math Level 2 and one other|
|Ithaca College||Considered if submitted|
|Johns Hopkins University||Students may submit Subject Tests as a "way to demonstrate an academic strength."|
|Kenyon College||Considered if submitted|
|King's College of London||U.S. applicants are required to submit scores from three Subject Tests or three AP exams.|
|Lehigh University||"SAT Subject Tests are not required for admissions, but are recommended as college credit may be awarded for scores of 700 or higher."|
|Macalester College||Considered if submitted|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2 Subject Tests required: Math (Level 1 or 2) and either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics|
|McGill University||2 Subject Tests required with SAT; ACT with Writing can substitute for previous|
|Middlebury College||3 Subject Tests can be substituted for SAT or ACT|
|Mills College||Considered if submitted|
|New York University||NYU's testing requirements are satisfied by fulfilling one of the following: (A) SAT (B) ACT (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.|
|Northwestern University||Considered if submitted; required for homeschooled applicants and applicants to the Honors Program in Medical Education and the Integrated Science Program|
|Oberlin College||Considered if submitted|
|Occidental College||Considered if submitted|
|Pomona College||Considered if submitted; 2 Subject Tests recommended for homeschooled students|
|Pratt Institute||Considered if submitted. Bachelor of Architecture applicants are encourage to take Math Level 1 or 2.|
|Princeton University||Recommends 2 Subject Tests. Engineering candidates are advised to take a math Subject Test and either chemistry or physics.|
|Reed College||Considered if submitted|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Applicants to the accelerated programs in law or medicine must submit 2 Subject Tests (one math and one science).|
|Rice University||Requires 2 SAT Subject Tests related to proposed area of study.|
|Scripps College||Neither required nor considered|
|Smith College||Considered if submitted|
|Stanford University||Considered if submitted: "we welcome the self-reporting of these results in your application|
|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||Considered if submitted. Prospective engineers are encouraged to take Math Level 2.|
|Tufts University||Tufts requires either the SAT (without the optional essay) plus two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (the writing section will no longer be required.)
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||Considered if submitted. Students applying to the Leadership in Medicine program are required to submit one math and one science Subject Test along with the SAT. Alternatively, applicants can submit the ACT with Writing in lieu of both SAT and Subject Tests.|
|University of California, Berkeley||"College of Chemistry and College of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major."|
|University of California, Davis||Not required or recommended|
|University of California, Irvine||Henry Samueli School of Engineering (including the joint Computer Science and Engineering major): Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Biology M, Chemistry, and/or Math Level 2.
School of Physical Sciences: Math Level 2.
Program in Public Health Sciences: Biology E, Biology M, and/or Chemistry.
|University of California, Los Angeles||Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.|
|University of California, Merced||Considered if submitted|
|University of California, Riverside||College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Bourns College of Engineering: Math 2 and Chemistry or Physics, for all majors|
|University of California, San Diego||"Jacobs School of Engineering and biological or physical sciences majors: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major."|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||College of Engineering: Math Level 2
College of Creative Studies:
Math Level 2 for math majors
Math Level 2 and Physics for physics majors
Biology for biology majors
Chemistry for biochemistry and chemistry majors
Math Level 2 for computing majors
|University of California, Santa Cruz||Not required nor recommended|
|University of Chicago||Considered if submitted|
|University of Delaware||2 Subject Tests are recommended for the Honors Program|
|University of Georgia||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||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.|
|University of Rochester||2 SAT Subject Tests can be substituted in place of either the SAT or ACT.|
|University of Southern California||"We require SAT Subject tests only from first-year applicants who do not attend a regionally accredited high school (such as home school, some non-accredited parochial or community based programs, even some newer schools). These students must submit three SAT Subject exams, including one in mathematics, in addition to the SAT or ACT. For all other applicants, these exams are optional."|
|University of Toronto||Most programs require U.S. students to submit Subject Test, AP, or IB scores in specific areas.|
|University of Virginia||Considered if submitted|
|Vanderbilt University||Considered if submitted|
|Vassar College||Considered if submitted|
|Wake Forest University||Considered if submitted|
|Washington and Lee University||Not required nor considered|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Considered if submitted|
|Webb Institute||2 Subject Tests required: Math Level 1 or 2 and Chemistry or Physics.|
|Wellesley College||Considered if submitted|
|Wesleyan University||Considered if submitted. "Candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations in place of traditional grades or students who have been homeschooled, attend online high schools, or who are enrolled in other non-traditional secondary school programs are required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two or more SAT Subject Tests."|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Considered if submitted|
|Yale University||Recommended, not required|
*This list may change year-over-year.
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. Diagnostic testing allows us to see the differing needs for subject testing and helps us determine the best timeline.
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).