What is SAT Subject Test?

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Dec 6, 2021 14:29 IST

Latest update: SAT Subject Tests will be discontinued for international students after June 21.

A lot has been talked about SAT General Tests. However, today we will discuss all SAT Subject Tests. Broadly speaking, SAT Subject Test is divided into 5 subjects. These subjects are further categorized into smaller topics. The various SAT Subjects include:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • History and
  • Languages

SAT Subject Test vs SAT General Test

SAT 1 vs SAT 2 – Subject Test or SAT 2 is a more subject-focused test. Candidates looking to apply to a particular course in a college can take the SAT Subject Test to exhibit his knowledge and understanding of that particular subject. The SAT General Test, on the other hand, has been developed to evaluate the written, verbal and mathematical skills of the candidates seeking admission to undergraduate schools. The Scholastic Assessment Test is conducted by The College Board.

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SAT Mathematics Subject Test

The Mathematics subject is divided into 2 levels,

  • Math Level 1
  • Math Level 2

SAT Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 are for candidates who are looking to study in similar fields pertaining to mathematics. The main difference between the syllabuses for the SAT Math Subject Tests is that while the Math Level 2 has all the subjects covered in Level 1 along with the inclusion of trigonometry and elementary functions (precalculus). Candidates can check out the detailed SAT Mathematics Syllabus for SAT Math Level 1 and SAT Math Level 2 below.

SAT Subject Test Mathematics – Math Level 1

Particulars

Syllabus

Questions: 50 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60 minutes

Points: 200-800

Number and Operations Algebra and functions

Geometry and measurement (plane Euclidean, coordinate, three-dimensional, and trigonometry)

Data analysis, statistics, and probability

 SAT Subject Test Mathematics – Math Level 2

Particulars

Syllabus

Questions: 50 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60 minutes

Points: 200-800

Number and operations

Algebra and functions

Geometry and measurement (coordinate, three-dimensional, and trigonometry)

Data analysis, statistics, and probability

Confused between SAT Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2: Candidates who are confused between the two should opt for the one that they are most familiar with. Candidates who have shown extraordinary skills in trigonometry or elementary functions (precalculus) or both should opt for SAT 2 Math whereas candidates looking to score high points and not so familiar with topics covered in level 2 should opt for SAT 1 Math. It is important to factor in the requirement of the candidates’ University and Programme of choice.

SAT Science Subject Test

The SAT Science Subject is further classified into

  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 

SAT Subject Test Biology E/M

Candidates who are opting for SAT Biology Ecological or Biology Molecular are basically inclined towards pursuing Science in their higher education. This section of SAT tests candidates on their knowledge of diversity, evolution, concepts around micro-level biology and other major concepts that they would have read in their high school. The SAT Science paper tests the candidates on their fundamental concepts and knowledge, application processes and Interpretation skills.

SAT Science – Biology E/M

Particulars

Syllabus

Questions: 80 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60 minutes

Points: 200-800

Cellular and molecular biology

Genetics

Organismal biology

Evolution and diversity

SAT Subject Test Chemistry

SAT Chemistry Subject Test evaluates the candidates’ understanding of major concepts of chemistry and their ability to apply these principles to solve specific problems. This section of the test measures the fundamental concepts, application, and synthesis of knowledge of the candidate.

SAT Science – Chemistry

Particulars

Syllabus

Questions: 85 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60

Points: 200-800

Structure of matter

Reaction types

Stoichiometry

Equilibrium and reaction rates

Thermochemistry

Laboratory

Descriptive chemistry

States of matter

SAT Subject Test Physics

SAT Physics Subject Test measures the candidates’ understanding of concepts of introductory physics on as well as reasoning and problem-solving skills derived from lab experience. This particular section evaluates the candidates’ knowledge of fundamental concepts and his ability to solve single and multi-concept problems.

Particulars

Syllabus

Questions: 75 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60

Points: 200-800

Mechanics

Electricity and magnetism

Heat and thermodynamics

Modern physics

Miscellaneous

Waves and optics

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SAT English Subject Test

SAT English Subject Test allows candidates to highlight their strength in reading and interpreting literary texts from a variety of historical periods and genres. Candidates are mostly required to solve questions from prose passages, primary excerpts from fiction, essays, poetry, and drama.

Particulars

Syllabus

Questions: 60 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60

Points: 200-800

American literature

English literature

Other literature is written in English

SAT History Subject Test

The SAT History Subject is further classified into

  • US History
  • World History

SAT US History Subject Test

Candidates looking to appear for this section of the exam are required to showcase their grasp of history since pre-Columbian times.

Particulars

Subjects

Questions: 90 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60

Points: 200-800

Political history

Economic history

Social history

Intellectual and cultural history

Foreign policy

SAT World History Subject Test

Candidates looking to appear for this section of the exam are required to showcase their grasp of developments across the globe since ancient times.

Particulars

Subjects

Questions: 95 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60

Points: 200-800

Global or comparative

Europe

Africa

Southwest Asia

South and Southeast Asia

East Asia

The Americas

SAT Languages Test

Candidates appearing for the SAT Language Test is required to highlight their understanding of the particular language through the writing or/and speaking methods. The languages for which candidates can appear for the exam are mentioned below. Candidates appearing for the listening exam will be allowed 20 minutes for listening questions and 40 minutes for reading questions out of the total 60 minutes duration.

Particulars

Languages

Questions: 85 (multiple choice)

Duration: 60 minutes

Points: 200-800

Spanish

Spanish with Listening

French with listening

Chinese with listening

Italian

German

German with listening

Modern Hebrew

Latin

Japanese with listening

Korean with listening

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s das

a year ago

now that SAT subject tests have been discontinued, what should i do? i wanted to give SAT for world history and literature and don't want general SATs because they will have maths in it and i don't require that. please tell me about alternate tests that i can take for only history and literature.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Das. You will have to get in touch with your university to know the exams they are accepting as part of their admission process. You can then go ahead select an exam that you are most comfortable with.

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Neil Mammen

a year ago

Is Maths compulsory for SAT? My son is focused solely on Science (Physics, Bio and Chemistry). He wants to get into subjects like Bio Tech, etc. He is not studying Maths in XI.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Neil. These are SAT Subject tests and you don't have to appear for all. Kindly check with your university to know whether you are required to appear for SAT Subject Test (specific) or SAT General Test. and go ahead with the registration.

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Mahesh Ahire

a year ago

Do I need to give SAT subject test if , I want to apply for Computer Science Engineering

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Mahesh. It all depends on your preferred university. if the university you are looking to apply in requires SAT subject test scores then you will have to appear for the test, or else not.

Is it necessary to give SAT subject test?

Reply to Rahul kumar yadav

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

No. The SAT Subject Test Score requirement depends on your university admission/.eligibility criteria.

How can I register for SAT subject test?

Reply to Diksha Srivastava

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Diksha. Kindly register on the official SAT website. on registration, you will be asked to create your profile and chose the exam you are interested in. you can select, SAT Subject Test, here. for the official website link, visit here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/exams/sat/how-to-register

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