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What is SAT Subject Tests?
SAT is a standardized test used for admissions for undergraduate program majorly in the United States.  SAT stands for – Scholastic Assessment Test.  SAT subject Tests are content based exams on specific subject.

Some colleges may require the SAT subject based score or once can also take the exam for enhancing their admission application


SAT Subject Test Type: Paper–based standardized test

SAT Subject Test Administrator: College Board

SAT Exam– Skills Tested: Specialization in the chosen Subject

SAT Subject Test Duration: 1 Hour

SAT Subject Test Score Range: 200 – 800                               

SAT Subject Test Dates: Six Times Annually

January, May, June, October, November and December

SAT Subject Test Fees:   One Registration Date upto three SubjectsUSD 75

Language Tests with Listening – USD 75

Additional Subject Tests – USD 67

Other Fees include

Fee Details Amount
Phone Registration – only if registered previously USD 15
Rescheduling Fees USD 28
Late Registration USD 28
Waitlist Fee USD 46
Additional Report USD 11.25
Rush Report – First– Class mail / Electronic USD 31
Scores by Phone– if registered USD 15


SAT Subject Scores used by: Most Universities / Colleges offering undergraduate programs in the United States


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Students are required to select among 20 subjects like Social Science, World History, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics etc.  The five general categories of subjects are Mathematics, Science, English, History & Languages.

These tests are an hour long – content based tests in specific subjects.

  • One Hour Long Test on Specific Subject

STEP 1–Choosing your SUBJECT TEST

The SAT Subject Tests should be based on your interests and academic strength. The tests are a great way to show colleges your interest in specific majors or programs of study.

STEP 2 – College Requirements & Recommendations:

If you have already shortlisted you Universities and are keen to pursue courses in them, then it is advisable to check the requirements of specific subject test to take up your program.

STEP 3 – Academic Experience


Keep a check on the recommended course work for the subjects you are applying for.  Keep practicing!

Categories for SAT – Subject Tests

Subject Category Subject Sub Category Questions Skills
Mathematics Mathematics Level 1 50 Multiple Choice Questions The difficulty level of the questions will be based on the level chosen

ü  Numbers & Operations

ü  Algebra & Functions

ü  Geometry

ü  Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability

Mathematics Level 2
Science Biology

(Ecology / Molecular)

80 Multiple Choice Questions ü  Cell & Molecular Biology

ü  Ecology

ü  Genetics

ü  Organismal Biology

ü  Evolution and Diversity

Chemistry 85 Multiple Choice Questions ü  Structure of Matter

ü  States of Matter

ü  Reaction Types

ü  Stoichiometry

ü  Equilibrium and Reaction Rates

Physics 85 Multiple Choice Questions ü  Mechanics

ü  Electricity and Magnetism

ü  Waves and Optics

ü  Heat and Thermodynamics

ü  Modern Physics

English Literature 60 Multiple Choice Questions ü  English Literature

ü  American Literature

ü  Chronology

ü  Poetry & Prose

History U.S History 90 Multiple Choice Questions Topics covered from Pre Columbian History to Present

ü  Political History

ü  Economical History

ü  Social History

ü  Intellectual & Cultural History

ü  Foreign Policy

World History 90 to 95 Multiple Choice Questions Pre History, Civilizations to Post 1900. C.E

Global Comparative

ü  Europe / Africa/ Asia/ America

Languages Only Language 70 to 85 Multiple Choice Questions Skills Tested  – Vocabulary, Structure & Reading Comprehension

ü  French

ü  German

ü  Modern Hebrew

ü  Italian

ü  Latin

ü  Spanish

Language With Listening 20 Minutes Listening + 40 Minutes Reading

ü  Chinese

ü  French

ü  German

ü  Japanese

ü  Korean

ü  Spanish

One can register for the SAT Subject Test six times during the year.  However students must check if the subjects are available on these dates.

  • January – October
  • May – November
  • June – December

Deadlines mentioned expire at 11.59 PM Eastern Time, Unites States


Ahmedabad International School, Ahmedabad Anjuman Isalm HS, Mumbai Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai
Assembly Of God Church School, Kolkata Bangalore International School, Bangalore Billabong High International School, Bhopal
Bishop Cotton Boys, Bangalore Bombay Teacher’s Training College, Mumbai Canadian International School, Bangalore
City Montessori Intercollege, Lucknow Delhi Public School, Ahmedabad Delhi Public School,  Hyderabad
Ebenezer International School, Bangalore G D Goenka World School, Haryana Good Shepherd International School, Ootacamund
Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal LA Martiniere for Boys School, Kolkata Learning Paths School, Mohali
Mahindra United World Col of India, Pune Mother’s Public School, Bhubaneshwar Navrachana International School, Vadodara
Oakridge International School, Vishakapatnam Pathways World School, Gurgaon Sacred Heart College, Cochin
Sai International School, Bhubaneshwar Sangam School of Excellence, BhAdmitworldara Sanskritithe Gurukul, Guwahati
South City International School, Kolkata Spring Dale Senior School, Amritsar Sreenidhi International School, Telangana
St Michael’s Senior Secondary School, New Delhi Step by Step International School, Jaipur Swati Jain College, Indore
The Cathedral + John Connon, Mumbai The Doon School, Dehradun The Galaxy School, Rajkot
The International School, Bangalore United States – India Educational Foundation, American Center – Kolkata Uniti Foundation, Hyderabad
University of Pune, Pune USIEF, New Delhi Woodstock School, Mussoorie
The Score range for Subject Tests in SAT is 200 – 800. Language Tests with Listening also report subscores, on a scale of 20 to 80. Your scores tell college admissions staff how you did compared with other students who took the test.

The test takers have the ability to choose whether or not to send scores to the Universities ‘Score Choice option’.

Two Steps to determine one’s SAT Subject Test Score

STEP 1 –Establishing a Raw Score

  • One point added to each correct answer
  • A fraction of a point is subtracted for wrong answers:
  • 1/4 point is subtracted for five-choice questions.
  • 1/3 point is subtracted for four-choice questions.
  • 1/2 point is subtracted for three-choice questions.
  • No points deducted for Unanswered questions
  • Difference of Correct and Incorrect Answers – if the total is a fraction, it is converted to nearest whole no.

STEP 2– Converting Raw Score to Scaled Score – 200 to 800; this process is called Equating

  • Scores do not depend on the specific test edition
  • Scores do not depend on the performance of other test takers in the same edition of the test

Cancelling SAT Subject Test Scores

One can cancel their SAT Subject Scores incase they are not satisfied with the performance during the test,  Certain guidelines to be taken into consideration before you cancel your scores.

At the Test Center

  • Ask the Supervisor for the Cancel Test Scores form – Fill & Sign the form, then return it back to the Supervisor
  • Incase you face equipment failure which has effected your performance, fill the Cancel test Scores form checking – equipment failure and submit it
  • Ensure the form is submitted to the Supervisor before you leave the Center.

After Leaving the Test Center

If you decide to cancel your scores after you leave the test center, the request should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the following Wednesday after test day.  The cancellation request cannot be via phone or email as the signature is required for authorization.

Download the SAT Request to Cancel Test Scores Form – Fill and Send it either by FAX or Overnight Mail Service

FAX Details:  610-290-8978

Mail Address: SAT Score Cancellation
1425 Lower Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 08618

The mailing or fax label should read “Attention: SAT Score Cancellation.”

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Cancellation of SAT Exam:

IF the test taker decides to cancel the registration for their SAT Subject Test, following points to be taken in consideration

  • Registration fees will not be refunded, less than five days before the test day
  • If the test taker cancels the registration more than five days before the test date, only USD 10 will be refunded from the original amount
  • The refunds will be processed six weeks after the exam date
  • Incase the test taker ordered for additional test reports, it will be refunded only if the test taker is absent on the test day.
  • Refunds will be in the form of original mode of payment

Rescheduling of SAT Exam:


IF for any reason, the test taker cannot take the SAT Exam on the original date, rescheduling is a better option, rather than paying the registration fee all over again. Pointers for Rescheduling SAT Exam

  • Incase the test takers is absent on the test date, one can change the test date, rather than re-registering got the Exam by paying USD 28
  • If you have made a mistake while filling out your information, Name, Date of Birth, Sex, you are required to update the changes within no less than five days of the date
  • One can change the Test subject on the day of the Test. The Center has booklets for all the Subjects that will be conducted, you can pick another subject if you wish too
  • One cannot change from Language Test to Language with Listening Test.

Make-up Testing

If for any reason, your test centre is not functional on the test day, a make-up test may scheduled at your center – will be notified by SAT – Subject program. Conditions for Make – Up Tests

  • Only applicable for registered students. Not valid for Retest
  • One must bring the updated test ticket with all the required details
  • Make-up test will only be carried at the original authorized test center
  • You must take the entire test at a makeup administration.
  • Sunday testing is available for religious reasons only. You may not test on Sunday if you missed the test on Saturday.
  • The availability of makeup testing and the conditions under which test–takers are entitled to take a makeup test are at the sole discretion of the College Board.

SAT Subject Exam Retakes:

The test taker can retake the SAT Exam as many times as they wish to on the available dates.  It is definitely not a wise idea as some Universities demand all the scores from each attempt even if they would consider the best score – Not advisable as it allows them to form a opinion about your application.

We advise our students to be well prepared and book the test in advance.

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