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The SAT measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning and writing skills students develop over time and skills they need for successful academic performance in college. The test is given seven times during the academic year at high schools and colleges. Students can take the SAT as many times as they like, but they usually take it in the spring of their junior year, the beginning of their senior year, or both. The critical reading, math and writing sections are each scored on a 200–800 scale. When students register for the SAT, they are asked to complete the SAT Questionnaire, which asks them questions about their academic background, activities, and plans and preferences for college. The SAT Questionnaire is completed with the Registration Form, usually at home, giving students as much time as they need to complete it. Approximately 75% of all high school graduates who go to college take the SAT.

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests allow students to demonstrate their mastery of specific subjects falling under 5 broad categories: English, history, mathematics, science, and foreign languages.  Taken by nearly 500,000 students, the SAT Subject Tests are closely linked to the high school curriculum and have a proven track record of providing colleges with a highly reliable, objective assessment of student readiness for college-level work.

The SAT Subject tests are administered six times per year, in conjunction with the regular SAT exam: January, May, June, October, November, and December. SAT Subject tests are not given in March.

Students may take up to three SAT Subject exams at one time. The average number of SAT Subject Tests taken per student is 2.22.

A maximum selection of up to ten (10) SAT Subject Tests are allowed in a single Order Form (similar to the maximum allowed in an AP Order Form).

SAT Subject Test Takers are only available in the Winter SAT Subject (October, November, December) or the Summer SAT Subject (January, May, June) data sources; individual test administrations are not selectable. However, output is treated similar to the ALL Students delivery method – the names are released immediately, if applicable, or as they become available. For example, if the Winter SAT Subject Test cycle is ordered prior to receipt of the October data load, the customer will receive three data files: one after the October data is received; one after the November data is received; and one after the December data is received.

SAT and SAT Subject Test-Takers are differentiated only by the Data Source Code designation in the output. See the Data Layout Workbook for more information.

Related Links

About SAT 
Concordance Between SAT® I and ACT Scores for Individual Students (.pdf/79k)