SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests measure student achievement in particular academic subjects. Students applying to competitive colleges may need to submit at least two Subject Tests to distinguish their applications. Some schools recommend specific Subject Tests for certain programs; others use the tests for course placement. Students should look at individual college websites to check their current policy regarding Subject Tests. Here’s what you need to know:

  • There are 20 SAT Subject Tests that fall under the following general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics, and science.
  • Each Subject Test is 60 minutes, multiple choice, and scored on a 200-800 scale.
  • SAT Subject Tests are offered six times per year in August,  October, November, December, May, and June.
  • Students can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date. We recommend no more than two per day.
  • Students can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.

SAT Subject by Test Date


Registration Dates


SAT Waitlist: If you missed the late registration deadline, or if your paper registration is returned unprocessed and you don’t have enough time to resubmit it, you may still be able to take an SAT Subject Test by requesting waitlist status. You can read more about the College Board’s SAT Waitlist policy here.

Accommodations Request Deadlines: If you are approved for accommodations, you can find a list of accommodations request deadlines and information about accommodations here.