How to Choose Which Tests to Take

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Ask your teacher or counselor if you need help choosing. But first, read the guidelines below.

Think About Your Interests and Strengths

The SAT Subject Tests that you take should be based on your interests and academic strengths. The tests are a great way to show colleges your interest in specific majors or programs of study (e.g., engineering, pre-med, cultural studies), and to highlight your strong points.

Research College Requirements or Recommendations

You should also consider whether the colleges that you’re interested in require or recommend a specific Subject Test to enter a program or major. Remember, even if a college does not require Subject Test scores, submitting your scores may enhance your college application.

Some colleges will grant an exemption from or credit for a freshman course requirement if a student does well on a particular SAT Subject Test. Check with the college you’re interested in about its policies.

Consider Your Classroom Experience

Be sure to explore the Subjects section to see if you’ve completed the recommended course work for a specific test — and to practice for free, online or with downloadable resources.