SAT Subject Test Dates 2015 – 2016: How to Choose

 

If you want to apply to a highly selective college, you might have to take two or three SAT Subject Tests. Throughout the year, subject tests are given almost as frequently as the regular SAT. I’ll go over the dates and registration deadlines in this article, as well as provide a list of the subjects available on each date.

UPDATE: SAT Subject Tests No Longer Offered

The College Board announced in January 2021 that there will be no more SAT Subject Tests offered in the United States, effective immediately. Globally, SAT Subject Tests will be phased out in June 2021. The SAT subject tests are no longer available.

Many students were understandably perplexed as to why this announcement came so late in the year and what it means for future college applications. Read more about what the end of SAT Subject Tests means for you and your college applications here.

SAT Subject Test Dates: 2015-16

This school year, SAT Subject Tests are available on five of the six regular SAT test dates (the regular SAT test date in March will not offer SAT Subject Tests). The following are the dates and registration deadlines:


SAT Subject Test Date
 
Normal Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline
November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 27, 2015
December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 November 23, 2015
January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015 January 12, 2016
May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016 April 26, 2016
June 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 25, 2016

Please keep in mind that not all subject tests are available on all of these dates.

This chart lists all of the SAT Subject Tests as well as whether they will be available on each of the five test dates this school year.

The most popular exams, such as Biology and Math 1 and 2, are available  on all dates.

 


Subject Test

Nov. 7, 2015

Dec. 5, 2015

Jan. 23, 2016

May 7, 2016

Jun. 4, 2016

Biology E/M
Chemistry

Physics
Math 1

Math 2
Literature

US History
World History
French
German

Spanish
Modern Hebrew
Italian
Latin
French with Listening
German with Listening
Spanish with Listening
Chinese with Listening
Japanese with Listening
Korean with Listening

Here’s another table with a different organization that may help you see which tests are available on each date. I only included the subject tests that are available on certain dates, not

all. Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, Math 1, Math 2, Literature, and US History are available on all test dates and are thus not included in this chart:


Test Date

World History

French

German

Spanish

Modern Hebrew

Italian

Latin
Nov. 7, 2015
Dec. 5, 2015
Jan. 23, 2016
May 7, 2016
Jun. 4, 2016

Test Date

French with Listening

German with Listening

Spanish with Listening

Chinese with Listening

Japanese with Listening

Korean with Listening
Nov. 7, 2015
Dec. 5, 2015
Jan. 23, 2016
May 7, 2016
Jun. 4, 2016

Which Test Date Should You Choose?

It’s critical to plan ahead of time if you know you’ll be taking subject tests. You should schedule your subject tests on a day that does not conflict with any other major commitments. Plan to take subject tests much earlier or later than the regular SAT so you have enough time to study for both and don’t end up with low scores on either.


Because they are at the end of the school year, May and June are usually good SAT subject test dates because you will be at your peak level of knowledge for the subjects (assuming you took the relevant class this year). You don’t have to wait until your junior year to take subject tests. If you take a class sophomore year that is directly related to one of the subject tests, you may take the test at the end of that school year. The best way to avoid long hours of studying is to take subject tests while the material is still fresh in your mind. Some tests, such as many language tests, are not offered in the spring, so make sure you can take your preferred test on the date that interests you.

 

It’s also worth noting that you can take up to three subject tests on the same day (although only one listening subject test is allowed per test date). Each subject test lasts an hour, so even if you take three tests in one day, you will spend less time at the testing center than you would for the regular SAT. You may not be required to take three tests; the number is determined by the requirements of the colleges to which you wish to apply.


Students at most selective schools are only required to take two subject tests. If you’re taking two subject tests on the same test date, try to choose them wisely so that they complement each other. For example, if you need to take Math 2 and math is a difficult subject for you, you should choose a second subject test in a less stressful area to balance out your stress levels.

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What’s Next?


Do you want to know what SAT Subject Test scores you should aim for? Find out what a good score could mean for you.

Some SAT Subject Tests are said to be easier than others. Discover which tests are the easiest to pass and why.

If you’re concerned about time constraints on subject tests, read this article, which describes the length and format of each test, as well as how to overcome time constraints.

Do you want to raise your SAT score by 160 points or your ACT score by four points? We’ve created a guide for each test that outlines the top five strategies you must employ in order to improve your score. Download it now ;