The SAT Subject Tests consist of more than 20 different Subject Tests. These tests include various subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Literature, Social Studies and many more. On the date of the test, the student can appear for any three Subject Tests. The time allotted for each test is for one hour and it consists of multiple choice questions only.
SAT is a test which determines the verbal, writing and mathematical skills of the students whereas the SAT Subject Tests are quite different. The SAT Subject Tests determines the knowledge of the student related to the particular subjects like Biology, Chemistry, History and so on.
The SAT Subject Test is used by the colleges to assess the ability of the students to succeed in their institution. This contributes to the college's decision related to the admission and the placement of those students. Similar to the SAT, the SAT Subject Test helps to provide a benchmark which helps the colleges in better comparisons between the students from different schools and educational backgrounds. This helps the colleges to determine how effectively the student will be able to handle their curriculum. The SAT Subject Test score is also used to decide what course is suitable for the student depending upon his calibre. For example, if a student has scored high marks in Maths, then the college will exempt the student from attending the introductory Maths course.
A student should take only that Subject Test in which he or she is confident of scoring high. High Scores enhances the chances of the admission of the students to the prestigious colleges accepting the SAT Subject Test Score. But, unfortunately, there are some colleges which accept the scores of only particular SAT Subject Tests. So, it is important that before any student registers himself/herself for these tests, they should always check which colleges accept which subject test score. Again, it is advised to regularly check the website of the College Board for the updated and accurate information.
The SAT Subject Tests are conducted six times a year: in October, November, December, January, May and June. Students can take the test early if they are interested in applying for an early admission in any college. It is wise to check with the colleges to find out which test dates are more suitable for the students.
The students are required to register themselves online with the College Board for the SAT Subject Tests. They are required to visit the website of the College Board-www.collegeboard.com and click on "Register for the SAT" for the purpose of obtaining the registration information. Once the student registers online on the website, he or she will get the option of choosing the test date and the test center. The student can also obtain his or her Admission Ticket from the website. Online registration can only be completed using the credit card .
The students can also register through mail by obtaining a copy of SAT Paper Registration Guide which contains all the necessary information including the current test dates and fees. The SAT Paper Registration Guide can be obtained from any College office or directly from the College Board.
In case any student is already registered for SAT or SAT Subject Test, he or she can reregister by telephone by paying an additional fee. For further details, please refer to the College Board website for updated information.
The SAT Subject Tests are scored on a scale of 200-800.
A "Good Score" is the one which is accepted by student's selected colleges. The SAT Subject Test Score is just one criteria on the basis of which the colleges will evaluate the student. Other factors which contributes to the decision of the colleges of accepting or rejecting a student are the SAT Scores, Recommendation Letters, personality of the student, performance during the interview, academic records and many more. Otherwise, a score of 600 is considered very strong if the student wants to reach a numerical standard.
The students are required to carry the following test materials on the day of the SAT Subject Test:-
- Admission Ticket
- Form of Identification (Please refer to the College Board Website for full details).
- Sharpened Pencils
- Scientific Calculator ( for Maths Level 1 or 2)