The College Workout

Should I Take SAT Subject Tests?

Amy Jasper Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some colleges require or recommend that applicants take two or three SAT Subject Tests. Unlike the SAT or the ACT, these are hour-long content based tests. Each test is on one subject and a student can take up to three in one sitting. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, math and science. You should choose the tests that will best showcase the subject areas where you excel. A few other things to consider:


Check the college's website to see if it requires any specific Subject Tests or if you can choose. For example, a college may require that prospective engineering majors take the Math 2 Subject Test and a at least one science Subject Test.


Take the subject test right after you've completed the recommended classes in school because the material will still be fresh. Look here:

to find the recommended preparation guidelines for each subject as well as practice questions. The May and June test dates of sophomore and junior years tend to be the best dates for this.  

Prepare. Try the free practice questions, download the Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests practice booklet or use other preparation resources. 

Remember, all colleges and universities do NOT consider SAT Subject Tests in their admissions process. The best way to confirm testing requirements is directly on the college's website.

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