Subject SAT Test

Everything You Need to Know about SAT Subject Tests

What are SAT Subject Tests?

SAT is an exam administered by the College Board for admitting students who complete their twelfth grade and then pursue their under graduate studies. SAT Reasoning Test consists of three sections which altogether test the student’s capability in logical reasoning, English language, and mathematics. SAT Subject test is like an add-on to the score you obtain in the SAT Reasoning Test. However, this test is mandatory for some institutes. Hence, taking a subject test depends either upon your interest or mandate of the universities you wish to apply.

What Are the Different Subject Tests?

The SAT Subject test list consists of the subject tests which are designed so as to reflect a universal consideration. There are altogether 20 such tests. A SAT subject test focuses on very specific subject areas. All the 20 subject tests fall into five general categories which are English, History, Mathematics, Science, Languages.

The SAT Subject Tests which fall into the five categories include Literature test in the English category, United States History, World History in the History category, Mathematics level 1 and Mathematics level 2 in the Mathematics category. The Biology E/M, Chemistry and Physics subject tests fall in the Science category. The Languages category consists of the highest number of tests which include Chinese with listening, French, French with listening, German, German with listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese with listening, Spanish, Spanish with listening, Latin, Korean with listening.

The above mentioned are all the subject tests among which a test taker can select three subject tests to take on a single test date.

How Do the Colleges Use the SAT Subject Tests?

A SAT Subject Test mainly aims at testing the student’s ability in a specific subject area. Attempting this test will even help the student to showcase his ability in the subject area of their choice. A good subject test score gives a good impression of the student for the college he/she applies. The following is an official description of how the colleges use the subject test scores of SAT.

  • The colleges use the scores to make some crucial decisions on the candidate while taking admissions.
  • The scores will determine the student’s preparedness for the different programs in different colleges.
  • The scores will help the admission panel authorities to place the student in the appropriate-level courses.
  • These scores will help the students and the parents as well to take a decision on the subject course selection.

Scores and Other Details

Each individual SAT subject test is evaluated on a scale of 200-800. The current SAT reasoning test was being administered since March 2005. Prior to that, many universities across the US required at least three subject test scores which included a writing test and two other applicant’s choice tests. Since the new SAT, most universities recommend at least two subject test scores due to the existence of standard writing component in the current Reasoning Test.

Generally, engineering colleges typically recommend submitting your scores in Chemistry or Physics and Mathematics level 2. However, even now there are many schools which require score from three subject tests at least. Also, there are institutes that strongly recommend taking three subject tests at least.

One must confidently be prepared to take a particular subject test of SAT and must score well. A bad score in any test would necessarily give a negative impression. Moreover, you must plan to attempt only those tests in which you can confidently score well.