SAT Subject Tests

Subject Tests (formerly SAT® II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to apply to the Top 15-20 universities in the US are required to take the SAT Subject Test.

The examination is entirely a paper-based test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects areas: Mathematics, History, Science, Languages and English. If you are aspiring to get admission in top US university for your Bachelors degree, it is imperative for you to take minimum 2 SAT Subject tests, in addition to SAT and TOEFL . For getting admission in most of the top US universities such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, SAT Subject test scores are mandatory. 

Details of SAT Subject Tests

With 20 tests in 5 subjects you have chance to show colleges what you are great at:

  1. Mathematics

    1. Level 1 : The Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test assesses the knowledge you’ve gained from three years of college-preparatory mathematics, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry. 

    2. Level 2 :  The Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test covers the same material as the Mathematics Level 1 test — with the addition of trigonometry and elementary functions (precalculus). 

  2. History

    1. World History - The test covers all historical themes (political and diplomatic, intellectual and cultural, social and economic) from ancient times to the present, and is an excellent opportunity to showcase your knowledge and achievement in world history.

    2. U S History - Showcase your achievements and knowledge to colleges by taking the U.S. History Subject 

  3. Science

    1. Biology E/M - Taking the SAT Subject Test in either Biology Ecological or Biology Molecular can help you indicate to colleges that you are interested in focusing on science. 

    2. Physics - The Physics Subject Test assesses your understanding of concepts from one year of introductory physics on the college-preparatory level, as well as reasoning and problem-solving skills derived from lab experience. If you’re thinking about pursuing a math- or science-based program of study (such as science, technology, engineering, or math), taking the Physics Subject Test is a great way to demonstrate your interests on your college application.

    3. Chemistry - he Chemistry Subject Test assesses your understanding of the major concepts of chemistry and your ability to apply these principles to solve specific problems. If you’re interested in studying science or engineering in college, taking the Chemistry Subject Test can help you demonstrate your interests and showcase your strengths in the subject.

  4. Languages

    1. Spanish

    2. Spanish with Listening

    3. German

    4. German with Listening

    5. French

    6. French with Listening

    7. Modern Hebrew

    8. Latin

    9. Chinese with Listening

    10. Japanese with Listening

    11. Korean with Listening

  5. English

  6. The Literature Subject Test gives you the opportunity to highlight your strengths in reading and interpreting literary texts from a variety of historical periods and genres. Taking the test also gives you the opportunity to showcase your interests and enhance your college application.

Institutions using SAT Subject Tests

The table below is a compilation of institutions that indicated, on the Annual Survey of Colleges, that they require, recommend, or consider SAT Subject Tests in admissions for the school years 2014-16. Institutions that have been found to use SAT Subject Tests during the SAT Program’s internal review have also been included.

Note: You should contact the colleges directly, including ones not listed below, for the most accurate and up-to-date Subject Test policies.

Agnes Scott College
AIB College of Business
Al Akhawayn University
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albion College
Alfred University
Allegheny College
Alma College
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
American International College
American Jewish University
American Samoa Community College
American University
American University in Cairo
American University in Dubai
American University of Beirut
American University of Kuwait
Amherst College
Aquinas College
Arcadia University
Arizona State University
Armstrong State University
Art Institute of California: Los Angeles
Art Institute of California: San Francisco
Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Ashland University
Augustana College
Austin College
Ave Maria University
Babson College
Barclay College
Bard College
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Barnard College
Bates College
Bennington College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Bethel College
Bluffton University
Boise Bible College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brenau University
Briar Cliff University
Brown University
Bryant & Stratton College: Albany
Bryant University
Bryn Athyn College
Bucknell University
Buena Vista University
Burlington College
Cabrini College
Caldwell University
California Institute of Technology
California Institute of the Arts
California State University: Fullerton
California State University: Los Angeles
California University of Pennsylvania
Calumet College of St. Joseph
Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
Calvin College
Canisius College
Capitol Technology University
Carleton College
Carlow University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Cedarville University
Central Connecticut State University
Champlain College
Chapman University
Charleston Southern University
City University of New York: Baruch College
City University of New York: Queens College
City University of New York: York College
Claremont McKenna College
Clarke University
Clarkson University
Clemson University
Cogswell Polytechnical College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Mount St. Vincent
College of St. Joseph in Vermont
College of St. Scholastica
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University: Columbia College
Columbia University: Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Columbia University: School of General Studies
Community College of Allegheny County
Concordia College
Concordia University
Concordia University Irvine
Connecticut College
Cooper Union
Cornell College
Cornell University
Cornerstone University
Culver-Stockton College
Cumberland University
CUNY New York College of Technology
Daemen College
Daniel Webster College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dean College
Deep Springs College
Delta State University
Denison University
DePauw University
DeVry University: Federal Way
DeVry University: Fort Washington
Dickinson College
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Divine Word College
Doane College
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Dominican University
Drury University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Nazarene College
Eastern New Mexico University
Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
Elms College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Emory University
Eureka College
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Felician College
Finlandia University
Fisk University
Fitchburg State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Fordham University
Franklin Pierce University
Franklin University Switzerland
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Friends University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgian Court University
Gettysburg College
Goldey-Beacom College
Gordon College
Gordon State College
Grace Bible College
Greenville College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampshire College
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Hartwick College
Harvard College
Harvey Mudd College
Hastings College
Haverford College
Hellenic College Holy Cross
Hillsdale College
Hofstra University
Holy Cross College
Holy Family University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hood College
Houghton College
Howard University
Huston-Tillotson University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Immaculata University
Indiana State University
Indiana University Bloomington
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Inter American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon
Ithaca College
Jewish Theological of America, Albert List College
John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Kaplan College: Indianapolis
Keiser University Flagship Campus
Kennesaw State University
Kenyon College
Kettering University
Keuka College
Keystone College
King's College London
Knox College
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
La Salle University
Lafayette College
LaGrange College
Lake Erie College
Lake Superior State University
Lakeland College
Lasell College
Lawrence University
Lebanese American University
Lebanon Valley College
Lee University
Lehigh University
Lesley University
LIU Brooklyn
LIU Post
Loras College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University New Orleans
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Macalester College
Maharishi University of Management
Maine College of Art
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Marian Court College
Marian University
Marlboro College
Mary Baldwin College
Marygrove College
Marywood University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McDaniel College
McGill University
MCPHS University
Medaille College
Memphis College of Art
Menlo College
Mercer University
Mercy College
Mercyhurst University
Meredith College
Middlebury College
Mills College
Minnesota State University Mankato
Missouri Southern State University
MODUL University Vienna
Monmouth College
Moore College of Art and Design
Moravian College
Morgan State University
Mount Aloysius College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Mary University
Mount Saint Mary College
Muhlenberg College
Nazareth College
New College of Florida
New England College
New England School of Communications
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina State University
North Park University
Northeast Catholic College
Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern College
Northwestern University
Northwood University: Michigan
Notre Dame de Namur University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio Valley University
Oklahoma City University
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Oregon State University
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University
Pacific Union College
Patrick Henry College
Patten University
Pine Manor College
Pitzer College
Point University
Pomona College
Pratt Institute
Prescott College
Princeton University
Principia College
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Regis College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Richard Bland College
Richmond: The American Intl Univ in London
Ripon College
Roanoke College
Robert Morris University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph's College
Saint Michael's College
Salisbury University
San Diego Christian College
San Francisco State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah State University
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Siena Heights University
Silicon Valley University
Simon Fraser University
Skidmore College
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Smith College
Soka University of America
Sonoma State University
Southeastern Baptist College
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Oregon University
Southern Vermont College
Spelman College
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
St. Francis University
St. John's University
St. Joseph's College New York: Suffolk Campus
St. Lawrence University
St. Luke's College
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Sterling College
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stockton University
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
SUNY College at Geneseo
SUNY College at Old Westbury
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
SUNY University at Stony Brook
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Temple University
Tennessee Wesleyan College
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Texas State University
Texas Woman's University
Thiel College
Tiffin University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Union College
United States Coast Guard Academy
Univ Puerto Rico: Carolina Regional College
University of Advancing Technology
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Southeast
University of Alberta
University of Arizona
University of Baltimore
University of California: Berkeley
University of California: Davis
University of California: Irvine
University of California: Los Angeles
University of California: Riverside
University of California: San Diego
University of California: Santa Barbara
University of Delaware
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Findlay
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Great Falls
University of Hawaii: West Oahu
University of Houston: Clear Lake
University of Houston: Victoria
University of La Verne
University of Maine at Presque Isle
University of Mary
University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota: Crookston
University of New Hampshire at Manchester
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University of Northwestern: St. Paul
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Puerto Rico: Bayamon University College
University of Puerto Rico: Aguadilla
University of Puerto Rico: Arecibo
University of Puerto Rico: Humacao
University of Puerto Rico: Mayaguez
University of Puerto Rico: Ponce
University of Puerto Rico: Rio Piedras
University of Puerto Rico: Utuado
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of St. Mary
University of Tennessee: Knoxville
University of Texas
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at El Paso
University of the Incarnate Word
University of the Pacific
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Virginia's College at Wise
University of Washington Tacoma
University of West Georgia
University of Wisconsin: River Falls
University of Wisconsin: Whitewater
Ursinus College
Utica College
Valley Forge Military College
Vanderbilt University
VanderCook College of Music
Vassar College
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan College
Wabash College
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Walla Walla University
Wartburg College
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Webb Institute
Wellesley College
Wells College
Wesleyan University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Connecticut State University
Western Oregon University
Western State Colorado University
Westmont College
Westwood College: Aurora
Westwood College: Online
Westwood College: River Oaks
Wheaton College
Whitman College
William Peace University
William Penn University
Williams College
Winston-Salem State University
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University
Yonsei University

SAT Subject Tests FAQ’s

What is the difference between SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement classes and exams?

SAT Subject Tests are at par with high school-level tests and similar to the high school curriculum in terms of content and indicate a student’s readiness to take college-level courses in specific subject areas. Advance Placement exams on the other hand assess a student’s college-level knowledge, skills and abilities, learned in the corresponding AP courses and as a result, the topics covered on SAT Subject Tests differ from those covered on AP Exams syllabus. While AP Exams are also an excellent method to demonstrate understanding in specific subject areas, these tests are not available to every student and for those students who lack access to AP and still wish to demonstrate subject knowledge, the Subject Tests offer this opportunity. As an alternative students could use Subject Tests scores to show their mastery in the subject.

Should I take SAT Subject Tests if I’ve already taken other college admission tests (e.g., SAT or ACT)?

Some colleges require or advise SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT or ACT. Some also use these for course placement once you’ve arrived on campus. Depending on your performance, you may potentially fulfill basic requirements or even receive credit for introductory-level courses.



If you’re interested in particular programs of study, take Subject Tests to show colleges that you’re ready for certain majors or courses. Along with other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendation, etc.), Subject Tests help provide a complete picture of your academic background and interests.

What if I don’t know which colleges I’m going to apply to? 

You should consider Subject Tests in case he/she decides on colleges or programs that do require or recommend them. An important point to remember is, even colleges that don’t require or recommend Subject Tests may consider them as part of your application.

What if the colleges that I’m interested in don’t require Subject Test scores?

You may still want to take Subject Tests in the subjects that you excel in and submit those scores. Many colleges may still consider Subject Tests when reviewing your application, since they give a more complete picture of your academic background and show your readiness to focus on a specific major or program of study. Subject Tests can also help you place into the right college courses.

Should I still take the SAT Subject Test if there are a few topics on the test that weren’t covered in my class?

If there are some practice questions or topics that you’re not familiar with, you need not worry. Though it’s possible you may not have covered every single topic on the test, you do not have to get every question on each test correct to receive the highest score. Many students do well on the tests despite not having studied every topic covered on the test.


If you’re still concerned, seek help from your teacher to review the topics that you’re not familiar with.

Does Score Choice apply to SAT Subject Tests? 


Are there fee waivers for SAT Subject Tests?


Who comes up with the questions on Subject Tests?

The questions on the SAT Subject Tests are developed by high school teachers, college professors and other education experts. This diverse group makes sure that the tests reflect what you’re learning in school. After the questions are developed, they are reviewed and pretested at high schools across the country to ensure that each question is fair for students from all backgrounds.

Are Subject Tests used for anything other than college admission and placement?

Yes. If you live in New York state, you may be able to use SAT Subject Test scores to substitute for a Regents examination score. Speak with your counselor or teacher to see if this might be appropriate for you. Some colleges allow you to use SAT Subject Test scores to meet minimum subject-based requirements to be eligible to apply for admission (e.g., University of California’s a-g requirements, Arizona State University’s subject competency requirements). You’ll want to take the tests that are required or recommended by the colleges that you’re interested in. Also consider subjects that you excel in or may want to major in, to showcase your strengths and interests.

SAT Subject Test Classroom Training

The SAT subject test course for each subject is of 20 Hrs. Classes are held twice a week and each class is 2 hours in duration. The course covers all aspects and sections of the exams. Please feel free to contact our Dubai center and Abu Dhabi centres for further details.

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