Subject Tests are hour-long achievement tests in specific academic subjects that are sometimes used in the college admissions process. There are fewer than 30 colleges in the United States that require SAT Subject Tests for admission and additional 60+ colleges that either recommend, consider or use these tests in place of other requirements. Many schools will also accept the ACT in place of SAT Subject Tests. A full list of colleges that use SAT Subject Tests can be found here. Most of these schools have highly selective admissions policies.
Subject Tests may also play a role in students’ consideration for the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery if your student qualifies for this opportunity.
Students who will take Subject Tests are encouraged to select subjects where they have the most strength or which meet the program needs of their intended major. They should be taken after completing particular subjects (i.e. the biology test after completing bio), or after extended study in continual subjects such as mathematics or foreign language. Students in any grade can take Subject Tests. We strongly recommend that students speak to their teachers and counselor about which tests may be most beneficial to take and when to take them.
Students register for SAT Subject Tests the same way they register for the regular SAT. They are available six times throughout the year (with some exceptions) on the same days as the regular SAT, but students may not take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day. Students can take up to three Subject Tests on the same day.
If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about this or any other topic, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school counselor. We are always happy to help! Our contact information can be found here.