Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a verbal and quantitative reasoning test conducted for college admission in United States of America. Apart from the USA, countries such as Australia, Canada, Singapore and United Kingdom also accept this exam.

There are two SAT sections: Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, plus an optional Essay. The Essay results are reported separately. SAT Subject Test cannot be taken on the same date with SAT Reasoning Test. SAT is only available for two years.

SAT Subject Tests

The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour-long exams that give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge in specific subjects. You can take up to three Subject Tests in one sitting, but you should note that you can’t take both the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same testing day.

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. Certain colleges or programs of study require or recommend specific subject tests, such as mathematics or science, so it’s important you understand the policies prior to choosing which Subject Tests to take. You can see which subjects are available here.

Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests. You can get more details using this guide.

How to Register Online

It’s a good idea to plan ahead — and get comfy — before you start to register.

  1. Sign in to your free College Board account. Your parent or counselor can’t register for you.
  2. Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Make sure it’s the exact same name and information shown on your photo ID.
  3. Decide if you want to answer other questions about yourself. This takes time, but it’s worth it if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you. Learn why you should opt in to Student Search Service®.
  4. Decide whether to sign up for the SAT with Essay. See which colleges recommend or require it.
  5. Upload a photo that meets very specific photo requirements.
  6. Check out, and print your Admission Ticket.

You Might Also Need …

  • If you’re using a fee waiver, enter the identification number on your fee waiver card.
  • If you’ve been approved by the College Board to test with accommodations, enter the SSD number on your eligibility letter.
  • If you’re home-schooled, enter 970000 when asked for a high school code.

Detailed Instructions

Get details about registration and test day policies and requirements, fees, and more in the 2015-16 Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests (.pdf/825.92KB).

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