What were SAT Subject Tests?
SAT Subject Tests™ were standardized college admission tests in specific subjects. Students could choose to take these tests, in addition to the SAT, to showcase their strengths and interests. Previously called SAT II: Subject Tests, and before that Achievement Tests, each Subject Test examined students’ understanding of material taught in school.
There were 20 available tests grouped into five main categories: Math, Science, English, History, and Languages.
Some colleges used SAT Subject Tests for admission, course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges required students to submit scores from SAT Subject Tests for certain courses or programs.
College Board discontinued Subject Tests in 2021. As students and colleges adapted to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board stopped offering Subject Tests to reduce demands on students.
Students can still get and send Subject Test scores from previous administrations, just as they do for the SAT. Students who didn’t get a chance to take Subject Tests can stand out on college applications by taking the SAT. And the expanded reach of AP and its widespread availability means that students have more ways to show what they know and what they’ve learned in specific subjects.