How to Study for SAT Subject Tests

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
If you want to ace your SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate your academic strengths to college admission departments, you'll need to prepare by studying properly. Read on for SAT Subject Test study strategies and prep tips.

Study Strategies for SAT Subject Tests

To properly prepare for an SAT Subject Test, you will need to thoroughly understand the content covered on the exam, use appropriate study resources, and maximize your time by employing effective study habits. Follow these steps to success:

Step One: Learn About the Test(s) You Plan to Take

Your first step in beginning to study for any SAT Subject Test should be visiting the SAT website (, where you'll find in-depth descriptions of each test. These descriptions include information about the skills you'll have to demonstrate, the experience and high school classes you should have completed before taking the exam, any devices you're allowed or required to use while testing, and a detailed breakdown of the exam's content. You'll also find out when tests are offered, and be able to plan accordingly.

Step Two: Gather the Proper Study Materials

All SAT Subject Tests measure the high school-level skills and knowledge that have been tested in your classes. Your textbook and class notes, therefore, are important study aids. You'll also want to download the Subject Test sample questions and corresponding explanation of answers, which you'll find on the SAT website. SAT Subject Test prep courses are also a helpful tool, as they focus on the exact content of each test so you can be sure you are studying the right material.'s SAT Subject Test practice and study courses, for example, deliver multiple lessons tailored exclusively to these tests. Courses feature video lessons and practice tests that are accessible online, so you can study at your convenience. Explore what these courses offer:

Step Three: Study Smart

If you have proper study habits, you'll use your study time more efficiently and learn the material more effectively.

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