Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The SAT Subject Tests: Everything You Need to Know

By Yuanyuan “Rebecca” Fang
Research Assistant, World Education Services

SAT Subject Tests are content-based tests that allow you to prove your academic achievement in specific areas where you excel. Compared with the SAT, SAT Subject Tests are more comprehensive exams that help you stand out during the admissions process. Despite specific requirements for the SAT Subject Tests at some colleges and universities, the SAT Subject Tests that you take should be based on your own interests and academic strengths.
What SAT Subject Tests are offered?
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in the five general academic disciplines: mathematics, science, English, history, and languages.

SAT Subject Test
Mathematics I

Mathematics II
Biology (Ecological/Molecular)


U.S. History

World History
Reading Only: French, German, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew, Spanish

With Listening: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Why should I take them?
International students whose first language is not English can demonstrate their academic progress and achievement more effectively by submitting an SAT Subject Test score. Harvard University's admissions committee says, "International students generally benefit from submitting Subject Tests and should take them if possible as they are unlikely to be admitted on the basis of SAT or ACT alone." Many of the leading universities in the U.S. require or recommend SAT Subject Tests. The table below shows that seven out of eight Ivy League schools require at least two SAT Subject Tests.
SAT Subject Test Requirements

Either the SAT and any two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (with writing component)

Either the SAT and any two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (with writing component)
Requirements vary by undergraduate college/school
Two SAT Subject Tests
Two SAT Subject Tests preferred, though you may apply without them if the cost of the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them
Two SAT Subject Tests
Recommendations vary by undergraduate college/school
Either the SAT and any two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (with writing component)

When should I take them?
Keep in mind that SAT Subject Tests are only offered six times per year: in January, May, June, October, November, and December. You may take no more than three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date. The test dates for each SAT subject test in Spring 2015 are shown below.
(Source: College Board).


                              Note: There is no language test offered in Spring 2015.

How much do they cost?
Basic Subject Test Registration Fee (per registration): $26
Language with Listing Tests Fee (per test): + $26
All other Subject Tests Fee (per test): + $16

Though SAT Subject Tests are not required by all U.S. colleges and universities, admissions committees will still consider SAT Subject Test scores when reviewing an application because they provide a good picture of a student's academic achievements and may identify the academic program best suited to a given applicant. You can always find SAT Subject Test requirements by visiting school websites or asking admissions representatives.

If you have any questions about the SAT Subject Tests, please contact us at advisor@wes.org.
Other SAT Subject Test Resources

Yuanyuan “Rebecca” Fang is a research assistant at World Education Services. Her research interests lie in both qualitative and quantitative research, primarily in the field of higher and international education. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Agnes Scott College. She is pursuing a master’s in economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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