Getting to Know the Tests
Information about all 20 SAT Subject Tests
Subject Tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests that measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as their ability to apply that knowledge. Subject Tests fall into five general subject areas. Follow the links below to learn more about each test in the SAT Subject Tests practice area, in the student area of the site.
History and social studies:
Some of the SAT Subject Tests have unique formats:
- The Subject Test in Biology E/M contains a common core of 60 general-knowledge multiple-choice questions, followed by 20 multiple-choice questions that emphasize either ecological (Biology E) or molecular (Biology M) subject matter. After completing the core questions, test-takers choose the section for which they feel most prepared.
- The Subject Tests in Mathematics (Level 1 and Level 2) have some questions that require the use of at least a scientific or graphing calculator. Mathematics Subject Tests are developed with the expectation that most students will use a graphing calculator. Please visit Acceptable Calculators to learn more about what kinds of calculators students can bring with them on test day.
- Subject Tests in Languages with Listening (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish) consist of a listening section and a reading section. Students taking these tests are required to bring an acceptable CD player with earphones to the test center.