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SAT Subject Test Dates Guide (2015 and 2016)

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jun 5, 2015 4:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests, SAT General Info

 

2016

We have all the information you need about SAT Subject Test (also known as SAT II) dates in 2015 and 2016. While the SAT Reasoning Test (aka the SAT I) changed dramatically in 2016, the Subject Tests didn't have any large changes in terms of content. The exam dates of the SAT Subject Tests, however, were affected. Read on to find out more!

Note: This guide covers 2015-16 only; for the current year's SAT Subject Test dates, click here.

 

Update: SAT Subject Tests Ending

In January 2021, the College Board announced that effective immediately, no further SAT Subject Tests would be offered in the United States (and that SAT Subject Tests would only be offered internationally only through June 2021). While anyone who signed up for the May and June SAT Subject Tests in the US will be refunded, many students are understandably confused about why this announcement happened midyear and what this means for college applications going forward.

Read more about the details of what the end of SAT Subject Tests means for you and your college apps here.

 

SAT Subject Test Dates in 2015 and 2016

First, get familiar with the dates when the SAT Subject Test is offered. The SAT Subject Test is generally administered every time the SAT Reasoning test is, except in March (when, historically, the SAT Subject test has not been offered). You can also look at our SAT Reasoning Test Dates for 2015-2016 here.

Test Date Regular Deadline Late Registration  Online Score Release
October 3, 2015 September 3, 2015 September 22, 2015 October 22, 2015
November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 27, 2015 November 26, 2015
December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 November 23, 2015 December 24, 2015
January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015 January 12, 2016 February 11, 2016
May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016 April 26, 2016 May 26, 2016
June 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 25, 2016 June 23, 2016

 

Which SAT Subjects Will Be Given on Which Dates?

Note that not all subjects are given on all dates. We did a historical analysis over a long period of years and found that the following subjects generally given on all dates.

Available All Dates: Literature, United States (US) History, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics.

Two Languages are given on almost all dates.

Available All Dates Except November:  French Reading Only, Spanish, Reading Only.

Finally, a few subjects such as the remaining languages and World History are given on a minority of dates. You can do your own analysis based on the 2014 and 2013 dates yourself.

Test Name Oct 3,
2015
Nov 7, 
2015
Dec 5, 
2015
Jan 23,
2016
May 7,
2016
June 4,
2016
Literature YES YES YES YES YES YES
United States History  YES YES YES YES YES YES
World History     YES     YES
Math Level 1 YES YES YES YES YES YES
Math Level 2 YES YES YES YES YES YES
Biology E/M  YES YES YES YES YES YES
Chemistry YES YES YES YES YES YES
Physics YES YES YES YES YES YES
Languages: Reading Only            
French YES   YES YES YES YES
German           YES
Modern Hebrew           YES
Italian     YES     YES
Latin     YES     YES
Spanish YES   YES YES YES YES
Languages: Reading and Listening             
Chinese   YES        
French   YES        
German   YES        
Japanese   YES        
Korean   YES        
Spanish   YES        

Chart Locations without a YES are assumed to be NO.

 

How to Plan Which SAT Subject Test Dates to Choose

First, I would recommend our general guide to choosing SAT test dates. Yes, it's written for the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) but the general principles also apply to the SAT subject tests.

There is one additional twist for SAT Subject Tests -- much more than the SAT itself, the best Subject Test dates are strongly determined by when you're learning and forgetting the material. Unlike the SAT Reasoning Test, where you're probably getting better at reasoning year by year, the SAT Subject Test should be taken during or right after when you're studying the highest level of the subject.

For example, if your high school does biology sophomore year, and you know you won't study biology again, you probably want to take the June exam of biology, or the September exam at latest. Forgetting information is a real problem! Likewise, if you're taking chemistry junior year, but AP Chemistry senior year, you want to time your SAT Chemistry as late as possible senior year (likely the December of your senior year).  Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to take the test as close to the end of your most difficult course in that subject! 

 

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What's Next?

Click here to see the full list of SAT Subject Tests and learn how to choose which tests are best for you

Before you decide when to take your Subject Tests, you should look at our list of colleges that require SAT Subject Tests.

If you're trying to avoid difficult SAT Subject Tests, check out this article on the easiest SAT Subject Tests.

 

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Dr. Fred Zhang
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Fred is co-founder of PrepScholar. He scored a perfect score on the SAT and is passionate about sharing information with aspiring students. Fred graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics.



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