SAT Subject Test Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the SAT Subject Tests?
  2. Which SAT Subject Tests should I take?
  3. >Why do colleges require the SAT Subject Tests?
  4. When should I take the SAT Subject Tests?
  5. When are the SAT Subject Tests given?
  6. How do I register for the SAT Subject Tests?
  7. How much does it cost to take the SAT Subject Tests?
  8. How long does it take to get my scores back?
  9. What if I take the SAT Subject Tests and mess up?
  10. What are good scores on the SAT Subject?
  11. What SAT Subject Prep Courses does Excel Test offer?
  12. Why is ExcelTest the best for SAT Subject Test preparation course?

1. What are the SAT Subject Tests?
The SAT Subject Tests are a set of more than 20 different tests focusing on specific disciplines such as English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Foreign Languages. Each Subject Test lasts one hour and consists entirely of multiple-choice questions.

 

2. Which SAT Subject Tests should I take?

Before deciding which Subject Tests to take, determine which tests are required by the colleges that interest you. You should also consider your academic strengths when deciding which test to take; taking these tests should work to your advantage since you can focus on whatever subject you are best at. You should also try to show your knowledge in diverse subjects rather than similar subjects. This will show the colleges that you are a well rounded student.
It is never a good idea to take a test that covers a subject you do not feel confident about.
 
 

3. Why do colleges require the SAT Subject Tests?

The Subject Tests demonstrate your interest, knowledge, and skill specific to the subjects that you are testing for. The SAT Subject Tests are standardized; they are used to compare your knowledge of that subject with that of high school students nationwide. The grades you get in your high school curriculum cannot offer such a measurement to colleges because some high schools are more difficult than others, and the grading standards vary based on the schools. The students of equal ability might receive different grades, even in classes with a relatively similar curriculum. Colleges sometimes use SAT Subject Tests to determine placement. If you do very well on a specific Subject Test, you might be exempted from a basic class in that subject. It is a good idea to find out whether the colleges you are applying to use the SAT Subject Tests for this purpose.

4. When should I take the SAT Subject Tests?

The best time to take an SAT Subject Test is right after you have finished a year-long class in that subject. If, for example, you take Biology in 11th grade, then you should take the Biology Subject Test near the end of that year, when the material is still fresh in your mind. (This rule does not apply for the Literature, and Foreign Language Subject Tests; it is best to take those after you have had as much study in the area as possible.) You should also use your list of preferred colleges and their admission requirements to help plan your high school course schedule. You may want to adjust your schedule based on the requirements.

5. When are the SAT Subject Tests given?

Test Name Oct. 10, 2009 Nov. 7, 2009 Dec. 5, 2009 Jan. 23, 2010 May 1, 2010 June 5, 2010
Literature  X  X  X  X  X  X
United States (U.S.) History  X  X  X  X  X
World History      X      X
Mathematics Level 1  X  X  X  X  X  X
Mathematics Level 2  X  X  X  X  X  X
Biology - Ecological  X  X  X  X  X  X
Biology - Molecular  X  X  X  X  X  X
Chemistry  X  X  X  X  X  X
Physics  X  X  X  X  X  X
Languages: Reading Only    
         
French    X    X  X  X  X
German               X
Modern Hebrew              X
Italian        X      
Latin        X      X
Spanish    X    X X X X
Languages: Reading and Listening              
Chinese         X        
French         X        
German         X        
Japanese         X        
Korean         X        
Spanish         X        

6. How do I register for the SAT Subject Tests?

There are two ways to register for the SAT Subject Tests: online or by mail. To register online, visit www.collegeboard.com. To register by mail, fill out and send in the forms enclosed in the Registration Bulletin (available at your school's guidance counselor's office). You can also request a copy of the Registration Bulletin by calling College Board at (609) 771-7600 or writing to:
College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541 - 6200

 
You can register to take up to three SAT Subject Tests for any given testing day.

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7. How much does it cost to take the SAT Subject Tests?

The basic registration fee is $18.00, for Language Tests with listening add $19.00 and for all other Subject Tests add $8.00.

8. How long does it take to get my scores back?

The scores are usually mailed out 4-6 weeks after you take the test. You may also look up your scores online through the College Board website two weeks after your exam at www.collegeboard.com.

9. What if I take the SAT Subject Tests and mess up?

You can cancel your score if you do not feel confident. If you decide to cancel the scores, then you must cancel ALL scores for that test date. To cancel a score at the test center, ask the supervisor for a Request to Cancel Test Scores Form, complete it and return it to the supervisor before leaving the room. If you erase all responses to an individual Subject Test, it will be considered a request for cancellation, and scores from all tests taken on the test date will be canceled.

10. What are good scores on the SAT Subject?

Bellow is a list of the most commonly taken SAT Subject Tests and the average scaled score on each Subject Test. If you feel that you can score above the national average (50 points or more), taking the test will strengthen your college application. Please note that if you are planning to attend an elite school, you will have to score significantly higher than the national average. It is always a good idea to call the schools that interest you or talk to a guidance counselor to get a more precise idea of what score you should be shooting for. The following are the average Subject Test Scores for 2005 College-bound seniors:
  
Test Average Score
Literature 589
United States History 599
World History 590
Math Level 1 586
Math Level 2 670
Biology - Ecological 595
Biology - Molecular 627
Chemistry 628
Physics 652
Chinese with Listening 758
French 620
French with Listening 629
German 613
German with Listening 631
Modern Hebrew 619
Italian 663
Japanese with Listening 687
Korean with Listening 752
Latin 618
Spanish 636
Spanish with Listening 635
**All scores are on a scale of 200 - 800.

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11. What SAT Subject Test prep courses does Excel Test Prep offer?

We offer courses in the following Subject Tests:
 
- Math Level I
- Math Level II
- Biology
- Physics
- Chemistry

Please see the location for information.

12. Why is ExcelTest the best for SAT Subject Test preparation course?

ExcelTest SAT Subject Courses offer an intensive program with 4 classes of 3 hours each (12 hours).  ExcelTest Courses offer unique and highly effective strategies not taught anywhere else, by highly experienced, dynamic instructors.
 
All exams administered in class are official College Board SAT Subject Test Practice Exams.

Course materials include our ExcelTest SAT Subject Manual with tricks and tips to do well on the SAT Subject Tests (Specific to the Subject you are preparing for).