SAT Subject Tests

  • SAT Subject Tests can do more than help you show off your strengths. 

    Colleges May Require Subject Tests

    Some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests, especially if you’re applying to take specific courses or programs.

    Stand Out in College Admissions

    Even colleges that don’t require Subject Tests may accept them and use them in admission to get a more complete picture of applicants. By sending Subject Test scores to colleges, you can showcase your strengths.

    Show Colleges Your Interests

    You can send a strong message to colleges about your interest in specific majors or programs — and how ready you are to tackle the work.

    Fulfill Requirements or Get Credit

    Some colleges use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Depending on your test scores, you might be able to fulfill basic requirements or get credit for introductory-level courses.

    Show What You’ve Learned Outside the Classroom

    Have you taken a summer program, weekend classes, or an online course — or studied a subject on your own? Taking a Subject Test is one way to show the skills and understanding you gained.

    Play to Your Strengths

    Some types of students can especially benefit from taking SAT Subject Tests.

    ESL students: If English is not your best language, SAT Subject Tests may be even more important for you. They let you show your abilities in subject areas that don’t depend so much on your mastery of English, such as math and science — and, of course, other languages.

    Talk with ...

    Your teacher (in the content area related to the SAT Subject) to determine your readiness.

    Your counselor about the colleges you are considering with respect to the need for SAT Subject Tests.

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