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What Are Good SAT Subject Test Scores?

Instructor: Donna Smith
The SAT II is now known as the SAT Subject Tests. SAT Subject Test scores are used to determine your preparedness for college coursework, and to see how you stack up against other applicants. Learn about what's considered a good test score, why you should try to earn high scores on these tests and how to prepare for them.

Good SAT Subject Test Scores

A perfect score on the SAT Subject Tests is 800. Colleges also look at your percentile ranking when making a decision about admission. Some colleges may have score range and percentile requirements. This figure is included in your score report and will show you what percentage of the nation's test takers you outperformed.

The table below shows a sampling of good test score percentiles for high school seniors who took specific SAT Subject Tests in 2016:

SAT Subject TestTop 10th Percentile Top 20th PercentileTop 30th Percentile
Chemistry800770-790750-760
Math Level 1750-800720-740690-710
Math Level 2N/A800780-790
Literature750-800720-740690-710
U.S. History770-800740-760710-730
World History770-800730-760690-720
Spanish (Listening)790-800770-780750-760
Spanish (Reading)800760-790740-750

Why Your Score Matters

Getting a good score on SAT Subject Tests can help you showcase your mastery of specific topics to your chosen colleges. Adding these scores to your application packet shows potential colleges that you're committed to doing well in subjects that you want to major in and can help you stand out from the crowd of applicants.

Currently, about 160 high-ranking and popular colleges and universities either require or recommend submission of SAT Subject Test scores. These schools can be highly selective so showcasing your knowledge with higher test scores might help you gain admission to one of these schools. Here are some schools that require SAT Subject Test Scores, based on info from the College Board:

  • Boston University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Georgetown University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Stanford University
  • Indiana University

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