Most high school sophomores and juniors are aware of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. What many aren’t aware of are the SAT Subject Tests. From their introduction in 1937 up until 1994, the SAT Subject Tests were known as Achievement Tests, and until January 2005, they were known as SAT II: Subject Tests.
Organized by the College Board, SAT Subject Tests are required by dozens of colleges throughout the United States, and recommended by many more. Schools often require an applicant to submit two or more SAT Subject test scores.
Every test is a one-hour, multiple-choice, timed test and is scored on a 200-800 point scale. There are 20 tests to choose from in the following subject areas: English, History, Languages, Math, and Science.
Why take one or more SAT Subject Tests?
The purpose of the SAT subject tests is to determine your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The College Board outlines a few important reasons to take one or more of these tests:
As mentioned above, while some colleges do require specific SAT subject test scores, it might make sense to take one or more subject tests. Good scores on the SAT subject tests give you an opportunity to showcase your strengths.
SAT subject tests are particularly important for students who have been homeschooled to demonstrate college readiness.
If you live in New York State, you may be able to use the SAT Subject Test scores to substitute for a Regents examination score.
A high score in subject tests in certain foreign languages may qualify you for the Seal of Biliteracy, typically in New York or California.
When are SAT Subject Tests administered?
You can take up to three subject tests on any test date, but you can’t take the SAT and SAT Subject test on the same day.
With the exception of the March test date, SAT Subject Tests are offered on the same days as the regular SAT Test. In addition, not all Subject tests are offered on every test date. Most non-foreign language tests are offered in every administration, but World History and foreign language tests are only available on certain dates. In particular, the language tests with listening are available only once a year in November.
Typically, the subject tests are administered in August, October, November, December, May, and June.
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