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If you're going to take the SAT Subject Tests, you'll need to focus your prep where it's most crucial. Kaplan offers a wide range of resources you can use. Whether you require one-on-one tutoring, live instruction, or flashcards on the go—Kaplan has you covered.

About the SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are a collection of 20 different tests within 5 specific categories: English, history, languages, mathematics, and science. Each subject test lasts 1 hour and consists entirely of multiple-choice questions.

Unlike the SAT Subject Tests, the SAT® is largely a test of verbal and math skills. Although you need to know vocabulary and a few formulas, it’s primarily designed to measure how well you read and think, rather than what you know.

The SAT Subject Tests, however, are designed to measure what you know about specific subjects. Sure, critical reading and thinking skills play a part, but the main purpose of the Subject Tests is to determine exactly what you know about math, history, chemistry, and so on.

How Are They Used?

Schools that require these tests feel that they’re an important indicator of your ability to succeed in college. Specifically, they use your scores to help make admissions and placement decisions. Like the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests provide schools with a standard measure of academic performance, which they use to compare you to applicants from different high schools and different educational backgrounds. This information helps them to decide whether you have the academic ability to handle their curriculum.

Your scores may also be used to decide what course of study is appropriate for you once you’ve been admitted. A low score on the Math Level 1 test, for example, may require the student to take a remedial Math course. Conversely, a high score on the Chemistry test may exempt the student from an introductory science course. Some colleges even give credit for high scores on SAT Subject Tests.

Which Tests Should You Take?

The simple answer: Take the ones that you’ll do well on. High scores, after all, can only help your chances for admission. Some colleges demand that you take particular tests, usually one of the math tests. Other schools give you a choice in the matter, especially if they want you to take 3 subject tests. Before you register for any test, check with the colleges in which you’re interested to determine which they require.






U.S. History

World History


Mathematics Level 1

Mathematics Level 2


Biology E/M





French with Listening


German with Listening

Chinese with Listening


Modern Hebrew


The SAT Subject Tests Dates and Registration

The specific SAT Subject Tests that are administered each test date will vary. The easiest way to register for the SAT Subject Tests is through the College Board’s online registration form. Registration deadlines generally fall approximately 1 month before each test date.

On your pre-assigned test date, you will be required to bring your admissions ticket and picture identification. You should also bring a couple of #2 pencils with erasers, and if you’re taking a Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 exam, bring a calculator. Finally, if you’re registered for one of the listening tests, bring a CD Player including earphones.

Your SAT Subject Test Scores

The SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200 - 800 scale, and Language Tests that include Listening will also include subscores, using a 20 - 80 scale. Keep in mind that a Subject Test score is just one piece of information that colleges will use to evaluate you. The decision to accept or reject your application will be based on many criteria, including your high school transcript, SAT score, recommendations, personal statement, extracurricular activities, etc. So, failure to achieve the necessary score doesn’t automatically mean that your chances of getting in have been damaged.

Kaplan's SAT Subject Test Books

Kaplan’s best-selling SAT Subject Test books offer in-depth coverage of every subject exam. Our books also provide practice tests and other prep tools to help push scores to the next level.

SAT Subject Test U.S. History

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SAT Subject Test Physics

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SAT Subject Test Chemistry

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SAT Subject Test Biology E/M

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SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1

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SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 2

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