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SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests: In addition to the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the ACT, many universities currently require SAT Subject tests. The best time to take these tests is at the point in the student's High School career where they are the most knowledgeable in that subject. For example, for students choosing to take the US History or Chemistry tests - the end of the Junior year would be best since most students take these classes in the 11th grade. For tests such as Biology or World History, it would be best for most students to take them at the end of their sophomore year - when they are taking those classes. For a complete list of what subjects are offered as well as more detail on the actual content of each test, go to the following hyperlink on the College Board website: SAT subject Tests

UC/CSU & the SAT Subject Tests
The UC/CSU system currently does not require students to take SAT Subject Tests. However, certain colleges and majors highly recommend students take 2 or more subject tests in a related field to further demonstrate their skill. For example, students looking to enter math and science programs such as engineering, chemistry, etc., are HIGHLY recommended to take Math Level II as well as a science SAT Subject Test. For campus specific information, please visit the university's website.

SAT Subject Tests can also validate some A-G course requirements, determine English placement upon entering, and waive some college requirements. Please click here for more information.

The five groups and their respective subject tests are:


History and Social Studies


Note: The UC system, similar to Stanford, MIT,
CalTech and Harvey Mudd will no longer accept
Math Level 1



What Schools want the Subject Tests? For private and out-of-state colleges and universities, we recommend that you visit specific college websites to determine SAT Subject Test policies. Visit the College Board website for more information on SAT Subject Tests.