SAT Subject Tests™  are your chance to shine.

You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to which Subject Tests you take. So, how do you choose? Check out the full list of SAT Subjects and walk through your options with your college counselor. When making your decision, consider your academic strengths, the admission requirements for the colleges you are applying to, and what you may want to study in the future.

Which SAT Subject Test should I take?

Which Classes are You Acing?

Are you a history all-star? The U.S. History or World History tests could be for you. If you’re a natural scientist, consider either Biology Ecological or Biology Molecular. Let the classes you love be your guide when choosing Subject Tests. 

Have You Completed the Related Coursework?

The Subject Tests are generally a reflection of your high-school level curriculum, so it’s a good idea to take the test soon after you’ve finished the corresponding course in school. This might mean taking a Subject Test or two as early as sophomore or freshman year! Keep in mind that some Subject Tests represent material from several classes. For example, The College Board recommends completing 3-4 years of high school Spanish before taking the Spanish Subject Test.

Consider College Requirements

Make sure you look up the admission requirements for any schools you are considering. Most selective colleges recommend submitting SAT Subject Test scores for at least two tests:

SchoolSAT Subject Test Requirements
Cal Tech 2 Subject Tests required:
  • Math 2
  • 1 science test of your choice
MIT 2 Subject Tests required:
  • Math 1 or 2
  • 1 science test of your choice
Yale University Recommended but not required
Harvard College 2 Subject Tests required (your choice)
New York University 3 Subject Tests (or AP or IB scores) required:
  • 1 math or science
  • 1 lit or humanities
  • 1 elective

Do colleges prefer Math 1 or Math 2?

It depends on the college. For selective colleges, (and especially if you are applying to engineering schools), it’s a safe bet to take Math II, which covers the same material as Math 1 (two years of algebra and geometry), plus trigonometry and pre-calculus.

Wow the Admissions Committee

The SAT Subject tests you choose can bolster what you say about your strengths and interests on your college application. Demonstrate your interest in a college’s literary criticism program by taking the Literature Subject Test. STEM majors and future doctors will want to take tests in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 

How to Study for SAT Subject Tests

The best prep will come from mastering the topics in your high school classes. Need a hand with tricky material? We can help! Our test prep tutors can help you customize a prep plan that's right for you. 

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