SAT and SAT Subject Tests

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 The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are globally recognized college admission exams. They're just one factor among many in the university admission review process. They can also connect you to university planning resources, scholarships, and financial support.


The SAT tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects taught every day in secondary school classrooms. The registration process, testing schedule, and test fees in some countries may differ from those for tests taken in the U.S.

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase what you know in specific subject areas where you excel. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics, and science.

Many leading universities in the U.S. require or recommend SAT Subject Tests. For international students, SAT Subject Tests may be particularly useful because results from these tests help put your secondary grades in context.

Some universities also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.

When to Take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests

For international students, it’s important to take the tests within two years before you expect to start college. If your chosen colleges ask for SAT Subject Tests, you'll need to register for these in a separate transaction from your SAT registration. Also, be aware that SAT Subject Tests can't be taken on the same day as the longer SAT.

Make sure to register for the SAT no later than the November before you plan to start university, and give yourself enough time to prepare for the test. Most students take the SAT once or twice; taking the SAT more than twice is not recommended because it does not commonly affect scores significantly.

Registering for the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests

International students can register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests in three ways: online, by mail using the SAT paper registration form, or through an SAT representative. To register online, you’ll need to create a College Board account if you haven’t already signed up.

Online registration is not available to students in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Togo. In addition, there are specific identification requirements on the day of testing in the following countries: Ghana, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Fees and Waivers

There is a single cost to take the SAT in the U.S., while students outside the U.S. are charged the testing fee plus an international processing fee for extra services that ensure the same standards of quality, service, shipping, and security for the international administrations as for those in the United States. Additionally, there may be additional surcharges for students in certain countries. For a list of costs and additional fees, see SAT Services and Fees.

SAT fee waivers are offered to help students pay for the SAT. These are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose families meet the income guidelines, and to non-U.S. citizens who test within the United States, U.S. territories or Puerto Rico. Fee waivers cover the testing fee, the international processing fee and, if applicable, the additional surcharge for testing in certain countries.

SAT in Mainland China

Per guidelines set by China’s Ministry of Education (MOE), the SAT is currently only administered in schools authorized by the Ministry of Education to offer international admission tests to their enrolled students. These are primarily international schools that typically enroll students who hold passports from countries outside of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese national students who do not attend one of these schools and are interested in taking the SAT are welcome to take it in SAT testing centers in Hong Kong, Macao or any country outside of mainland China.