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Helping Students Prepare

Official SAT Subject Test preparation resources

Most students take the Subject Tests toward the end of their junior year or the beginning of their senior year. To help students prepare for the tests, including test-day procedures, please refer them to these pages on the student section of the website:

Students should take tests such as United States History, World History, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics right after they complete those courses, so the material is still fresh in their minds. For other subjects, such as languages, students will probably do better after at least two years of study.

If a student is taking a test in a subject that wasn't studied recently, encourage the student to review course material thoroughly and methodically over several weeks.

Free preparation resources

Students should become familiar with the test purpose, format, and content before test day. Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests is distributed to all high schools. It includes information about each test along with sample questions.

Information is also available online in the Subject Tests practice area (this links to the student section of the site). Students can learn about the test, and they'll be able to practice with sample questions.

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Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • SAT Subject Tests: A Guide for Educators
  • Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests


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