SAT Subject Tests: Registration & Test Dates

Instructor: Jesse Card
SAT Subject Tests demonstrate a student's proficiency in a single academic area, such as a foreign language, mathematics, literature or history. Learn how and when to register for these tests.

Registering for SAT Subject Tests

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests available. You can register for these tests by mail, but the College Board recommends registering online. Additionally, if you are not registering for the first time, you can register by phone for an extra fee.

For online registration, you must first create a free online account with the College Board. Creating the account and completing the registration process, which includes filling out several forms with personal and academic information, takes about 20 minutes. You'll also need to select a test date and test center location, upload a digital photo of yourself and pay with a credit card or through PayPal.

Multiple Registrations and Fees

While you can register for up to three Subject Tests per test date, you can't take the general SAT and a Subject Test on the same date. Additionally, you can only take one language test that has a listening component per date.

Registering for more than one test at a time can be financially beneficial since there is a general, per-registration basic Subject Test fee of $26 you must pay for each test session. In addition to this, students pay per test, with most tests costing $21 each. Language tests with listening components cost $26 each. Students can take up to three SAT Subject Tests per testing date.

Test Dates

Tests are currently administered one Saturday in the months of August, October, November, December, May and June. Several of the tests are available for every testing session, but most are available only on specific dates. The foreign language tests are offered very infrequently, with most being available only once or twice per year. Check the College Board website to determine when your specific test will be offered.

Although the test date is always on a Saturday, students who have religious objections to testing on a Saturday may apply to test on a Sunday. The deadline for registering for SAT Subject Tests is approximately one month prior to the test date, though late registration is possible up until roughly 10 days out from the test for an additional fee. If you miss the late registration deadline, you can request Waitlist Status, but there's no guarantee that you'll get to test on the respective test date. You're only charged the Waitlist fee if you get to take the exam.

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