In January 2021, College Board announced the end of SAT Subject Tests. There were fewer and fewer students taking these tests because fewer colleges were recognizing their value. While the SAT Subject Tests are gone, the three-hour SAT exam lives on.
What Were Subject Tests?
There were twenty SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: math, science, history, English and languages. Subject Tests were optional tests based on high school curriculums. Each multiple-choice exam lasted one hour.
SAT Subject Tests were offered on most national SAT test dates. Students could not take both the SAT and the Subject Tests on the same day, which further reduced the attractiveness of Subject Tests.
Do not confuse Subject Tests with AP Exams, another College Board product. AP Exams continue to be based on college-level curriculum in certain AP courses taken in most high schools. High scores on AP exams may enable high school students to earn college credits or waive lower-level courses in college.