SAT Subject Test FAQs

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Should I take SAT Subject Tests?

Every student can use an ace in the hole when submitting college applications. If you’re satisfied with your high school course work, SAT Reasoning Test™ score, college essays, and resume, you’re nearly finished – nearly. Most selective colleges require a minimum of two SAT Subject Tests; some schools require three or even specify what tests must be taken.

Our SAT Subject Test™ prep programs can help you master subject-specific content, strengthen your testing skills, and learn proven score-boosting techniques from tutors who scored impressively high in their offered subject areas.

Performing well on SAT Subject tests will demonstrate your ability to handle college-level coursework, which could help you stand out later in the admissions process when colleges are separating acceptance letters from waitlist notices.

What is the best time to take the SAT Subject Tests?

The SAT Subject Tests are offered 6 times a year in the United States and at international sites. Students can take one, two, or three tests on a single test date. The best time to take an SAT II Subject Test is right after youíve finished a year-long class in that subject. If, for example, you take U.S. History in eleventh grade, then you should take the SAT II U.S. History near the end of that year, when the material is still fresh in your mind. (This rule does not apply for the Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language SAT II tests; itís best to take those after youíve had as much study in the area as possible.) Unless the colleges you are applying to use the SAT Subject tests for placement purposes, there is no point in taking any SAT Subject tests after November of your senior year, since you wonít get your scores back from ETS until after the college application deadline has passed.

Which SAT Subject Tests should I take?

Try to show breadth. Scoring well on similar subject tests such as Math, Biology, and Chemistry will not be as impressive as good scores in more diverse subjects, such as Math, World History, and Biology.

Go with your strong suit. If history is your field or if you took an AP history course and scored 4 or a 5 on it, a strong score on the American History test will impress admissions officers far more than a bold but mediocre effort on the Physics test.

Which subject tests should I take if I intend to major in economics?

It depends on which universities you want to apply to. Most universities will ask for Math Level 2 and most top colleges will ask you take 1 more test, preferably any Science subject. The Ivy Leagues may ask for a third test, which can be anything you want.

Where can I find free SAT Subject Tests practice questions?

You find practice questions for all 20 Subject Tests here, at the College Board website.

Where can I register for the tests?

You can register to take SAT Subject Tests at the College Board website.

Do you recommend retaking the SAT II Subject tests?

Itís possible to retake Subject Tests. Many colleges consider only the better score. However, we recommend doing this only after taking extra preparation in the content area and in the test strategies.

How do the tests differ from the AP tests?

Except for Studio Art and Music Theory, all AP exams have multiple-choice questions and an essay or problem solving section. All SAT subject tests have multiple-choice questions with no essays. Both tests can be retaken, but the AP exams are only given once a year in May, while most SAT subject tests are given throughout the year. Colleges will see all your scores, but most will use only your highest on each test.

For which Subject Tests does Lexington Tutoring, LLC offer preparation?

Lexington Tutoring, LLC offers preparation for all of the following tests:


  • Modern European & American history instructor: Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • U.S. History instructors: Brad Lewis, MEd, Brandon Robinson, MEng, Michael Bertini, MS, ABD & Amy Berninger, MPh

History Subject Tests focus on the student's knowledge of entities, people, and events that have shaped history as well as the skills of historical analysis. Students will be required to utilize data, concepts, cause and effect relationships, geography, and the ability to interpret charts, maps, and other visual media.

English (Literature)

  • Instructors: Amy Berninger, MPh

The Literature Subject Test expects the student to read and interpret passages in terms of theme, argument, tone, etc. The test is designed for the student to explain an authorís intended meaning as originally written, identify writing elements within selected texts and clarify how an author uses language for effect. The test primarily emphasizes English and American poetry/prose from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Mathematics (Level 1 & 2)

  • Instructors: Jon Langford, BS. Victoria Zeuner, MS, Brad Lewis, MEd, Michael Bertini, MS, ABD, Megan Joiner, BS, Nevin Katz, MEd, Ajay Ghadiyaram, MS, Greg Andrus, MS & Brandon Robinson, MEng

The Level 1 Mathematics Subject Test (formerly known as the IC test) includes algebra, geometry, basic trigonometry, algebraic functions, elementary statistics, logic, elementary number theory, and arithmetic and geometric sequences. The Level 2 Mathematics Subject Test (formerly known as the IIC test) requires a knowledge of three-dimensional and coordinate geometry, trigonometry, functions, probability, permutations, combinations, logic, proofs, elementary number theory, sequences, and limits. Graphing and scientific calculators are permitted. As you choose between the two tests, keep in mind the specific colleges youíre applying to. Colleges with a strong focus on math, such as MIT and Cal Tech, require the Level 2 Math test. Most other colleges have no such requirement, but some may prefer that you take the Level 2 Math test.

The Level 2 Math test is scored on a much more liberal curve: you can miss six or seven questions and still achieve a score of 800. On the Level 1 Math test, however, you would probably need to answer all the questions correctly to get a perfect score. If you want to score a 600 on either test, you will need approximately 20 correct answers on the Level 2 Math test and 33 on the Level 1 test. Some students with strong math backgrounds think that they can get marvelous scores on the less difficult Math Level 1 while their scores on the Math Level 2 will only be average. But if they get tripped up by just one or two questions on the Math Level 1, their scores will not be as impressive as they might expect.

Science (Ecological Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

  • Ecological & Molecular Biology instructors: Morgan King, MAT, Victoria Zeuner, MS, Jonathan Langford, BS, Nevin Katz, MEd & Amy Berninger, MPh
  • Chemistry instructors: Victoria Zeuner, MS, Brad Lewis, MEd, Jonathan Langford, BS, Nevin Katz, MEd & Michael Bertini, MS, ABD
  • Physics instructors: Victoria Zeuner, MS, Jonathan Langford, BS, Brad Lewis, MEd, Michael Bertini, MS, ABD, Ajay Ghadiyaram, MS, Greg Andrus, BS, Brandon Robinson, MEng & Megan Joiner,BS

The Science Subject Tests measure knowledge of key concepts in specific scientific disciplines as well as more general skills such as the ability to analyze and organize scientific results and familiarity with the metric system of units. Both Biology Subject Tests, Ecological and Molecular, have identical multiple choice questions except for the final section which is unique to the specific test being taken. Graphing and scientific calculators are NOT permitted. More information about Biology E and M is available here.

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