2013-2014 SAT Subject Test Requirements

Below are the 2013-2014 requirements and recommendations for SAT Subject Tests. This information has been compiled from the Common Data set, the College Board and college websites. We have done our best to provide accurate information, but please make sure to check the college websites for each college or university to which you apply.

The requirements and recommendations below are for students who will be graduating from U.S. public or private schools.

Requirements for home-schooled students may be somewhat more extensive. Please be certain to check with each individual college or university about SAT Subject Test requirements or recommendations for home-schooled students.

There may also be different requirements for international students, who may need to submit scores from tests such as TOEFL, ELPT or additional Subject Tests. Please be sure to check with each individual college or university to which you apply.

CALIFORNIA

California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech): must take Math Level 2 and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology

Chapman University: Subject Tests optional and used for placement

Claremont McKenna College: Subject Tests optional—will be used for placement purposes only if submitted

Deep Springs College: Subject Tests optional—will be used “to better understand a student” if sent

Harvey Mudd College: must take Math Level 2 and one of student’s choice

Mills College: application “may be enhanced” by submission of Subject Tests

Occidental College: Subject Tests optional

Pomona College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT Reasoning and two Subject Tests which “are not in the same field”

Scripps College: Subject Tests optional and will be used for placement purposes only in world languages

Stanford University: Subject Tests recommended but not required; if Math, Level 2 preferred

University of California, Berkeley: Subject Tests recommended. For applicants to College of Chemistry: Math Level 2 and one science “closely related to intended major.” For College of Engineering {same as College of Chemistry} : “the presence of Subject Tests, particularly in a science and Math Level 2, is considered a plus”

University of California, Irvine: Subject Tests recommended as follows: School of the Arts: “any Subject Test that will demonstrate student’s strengths.” School of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test "closely related to intended major." Department of Pharmaceutical Studies: Biology or Chemistry and/ or Math Level 2. School of Physical Sciences, Majors in Chemistry, Earth System Science, Math, and Physics: Math Level 2. Majors in Public Health Sciences: Biology or Chemistry. Majors in Public Health Policy: Biology or World History

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Subject Tests strongly encouraged for applicants to School of Engineering and Applied Science: “Math Level 2 and a science closely related to intended major are considered as value-added achievements during the application evaluation”

University of California, Merced: Subject Tests optional—“can be used to show mastery of a particular subject or to satisfy ‘a-g’ subject requirements”

University of California, Riverside: Subject Tests “strongly recommended” for applicants to College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering: Math Level 2 and Chemistry or Physics

University of California, San Diego: Subject Tests strongly encouraged for applicants to School of Engineering and Division of Biological or Physical Sciences: “Math Level 2 and a science closely related to intended major are considered as value-added achievements during the application evaluation”

University of California, Santa Barbara: Subject Tests recommended as follows: College of Engineering: Math Level 2. College of Creative Studies: Biology majors: Biology E or M. Biochemistry majors: Chemistry. Chemistry majors: Chemistry. Computer Science majors: Math Level 2. Literature majors: Literature. Math majors: Math Level 2. Physics majors: Math Level 2 and Physics. 

University of California, Santa Cruz: Subject Tests optional —“can be used to satisfy 'a-g’ subject requirements”

University of Southern California: Subject Tests recommended: “we find them helpful in evaluating applications for merit scholarships”

University of the Pacific: Subject Tests “strongly recommended” in Math Level 1 or 2 for all applicants for placement purposes; “strongly recommended” in Math Level 1 or 2 and Chemistry for the following majors: biological sciences, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry, chemistry-biology, civil engineering, dental hygiene, electrical engineering, engineering management, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, physics, pre-dental studies, pre-medical studies, pre-pharmacy studies

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut College: submission of standardized testing optional; if submitted, student may choose from SAT or ACT or two Subject Tests

Trinity College: requires one or more of the following: ACT, SAT or any two Subject Tests

Wesleyan University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests

Yale University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests; “Bear in mind, however, that some Yale departments may use the SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests for course placement.”

DELAWARE

University of Delaware: Subject Tests two recommended, especially for candidates to Honors Program

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

American University: Subject Tests recommended, especially for placement purposes in mathematics and world languages

Catholic University of America: Subject Tests or AP/IB exam in Language recommended for Arts/Sciences and Philosophy candidates prior to matriculation—can take university placement test or submit AP/IB results if no prior exam; Subject Tests recommended in other disciplines and used for placement purposes.

George Washington University: Subject Tests required for applicants to accelerated degree programs— BA/MD: any math and any science;  “strongly recommended” for candidates to University Honors Program—any two of student’s choice; recommended for all other applicants

Georgetown University: three Subject Tests “strongly recommended”

FLORIDA

University of Florida: Subject Tests optional and used for placement only—if submitting math, must be Level 2

University of Miami: Subject Tests required in Math and one Science for all applicants to Honors Program in Medicine

GEORGIA

Emory University: Subject Tests “encouraged”—this includes students applying to Oxford College of Emory University

University of Georgia: Subject Tests recommended for placement purposes, especially in math

ILLINOIS

Northwestern University: Math Level 2; Chemistry; and Physics required of applicants to Integrated Science Program; Math Level 2 and Chemistry required of applicants to Honors Program in Medical Education; two recommended for all other applicants

INDIANA

Indiana University Bloomington: optional-Biology E or M Subject test used for placement purposes if submitted

University of Notre Dame: Subject Tests “only considered in admission process if scores enhance an application” and are “also used for credit and placement in the first year of studies.”

MAINE

Bates College: SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests optional—will be considered in admission process if submitted

Bowdoin College: SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests optional— will be considered in admission process if submitted

Colby College: applicants may submit SAT or ACT or three Subject Tests in different areas (cannot submit Math 1 and Math 2 or Spanish and Spanish with Listening, e.g.)

MARYLAND

Johns Hopkins University: three Subject Tests “strongly recommended”; if applying in Engineering, Math Level 2; one science; and one additional Subject Test “strongly recommended”

MASSACHUSETTS

Amherst College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two Subject Tests

Babson College: Subject Tests optional—will consider if submitted; "the Admissions Committee will review any other exam results that applicants wish to submit" 

Bentley University: optional—will consider if submitted

Boston College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests

Boston University: SAT or ACT and Subject Tests required for accelerated programs: Accelerated Liberal Arts/Medical Education Combined Degree Program: two Subject Tests— Chemistry and Math Level 2 required, Subject Test in world language recommended;  Accelerated Liberal Arts/Dental Education Combined Degree Program: two Subject Tests—Chemistry and Math Level 2 required, Subject Test in world language recommended

College of the Holy Cross: “submission of all standardized testing is entirely voluntary”; will consider Subject Tests in admission if submitted

Franklin Olin College of Engineering: Math Level 1 or Level 2 (preferred) and Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Hampshire College: submission of standardized testing optional, Subject Tests considered if submitted

Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges: two Subject Tests required; students should not submit two Subject Tests in math.  Candidates whose first language is not English should NOT use a Subject Test in their first language to meet Subject Test requirements"

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): one Math and one Science required

Smith College: submission of standardized testing optional—will consider Subject Tests if submitted

Tufts University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests; if SAT option chosen, prospective engineering majors required to submit either Math Level 1 or Level 2 and either Chemistry or Physics; prospective science/math majors to Arts/Sciences recommended math and science Subject Tests recommended

Wellesley College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests; prospective science/math majors are “strongly encouraged” to submit at least one in quantitative subject 

Wheaton College: submission of standardized testing optional, will consider Subject Tests if submitted

Williams College: two Subject Tests required

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI): math and science recommended; “scores only used if they benefit applicant”

MICHIGAN

University of Michigan: Subject Tests optional: "if student includes Subject Tests as part of application, we will consider them only in light of how they might benefit applicant's review"

MINNESOTA

Carleton College: Subject Tests recommended

Macalester College: Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted

MISSOURI

Washington University in Saint Louis: Subject Tests optional—“if you do take them and submit your scores, we will only consider them if they strengthen your application”

NEVADA

Deep Springs College: Subject Tests optional—will be used “to better understand a student” if sent

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Dartmouth College: two Subject Tests required

NEW JERSEY

Princeton University: two Subject Tests required; prospective engineers must submit Physics or Chemistry and Math Level 1 or Math Level 2

Stevens Institute of Technology: two Subject Tests recommended if applying for accelerated law degree; Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 and Biology or Chemistry required if applying for accelerated pre- medical or pre-dental degrees

NEW YORK

Barnard College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two Subject Tests

City University of New York (CUNY), Brooklyn College: Subject Tests optional for applicants to Honors Academy and accelerated BA/ MD program—will be considered if submitted

City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College: Subject Tests “strongly recommended” for all Honors candidates and applicants to Scholars Program

Clarkson University: Subject Tests recommended

Columbia University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two Subject Tests; if submitting SAT, prospective engineering students must submit Math Level 1 or Level 2 and a science exam.

Cooper Union: Math Level 1 or Level 2 and Physics or Chemistry required of engineering applicants

Cornell University: Subject Tests required or optional; Agriculture and Life Sciences: optional. Architecture applicants to Architecture, Art, and Planning: required Math Level 1 or Level 2. Arts and Sciences: two required. Engineering: required Science and Math. Hotel Administration: required Math Level 1 or Level 2. Human Ecology: required Math and one of student choice. Industrial and Labor Relations: optional

Fordham University: Subject Tests recommended

Hamilton College: submit one of the following: ACT; SAT; three SAT Subject Tests; three Advanced Placement (AP) tests; three International Baccalaureate (IB) tests; or a combination of any three of the preceding exams, provided that at least one is verbal/ writing and one is quantitative; AP English Literature not accepted as a verbal/writing submission; AP Statistics not accepted as a quantitative submission

Hobart and William Smith Colleges: submission of standardized testing optional—will be considered if submitted

Hofstra University-Subject Tests recommended

Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Albert List College: two Subject Tests required for applicants to Double Degree Program with Barnard

New York University (NYU): must provide one of the following: SAT or ACT or three Subject Tests (one in literature or humanities: US History, World History or Literature; one in math or science; and one in non-language test of student's choice) or three IB HL or AP Exam scores (one in literature or humanities: AP English Literature [not AP English Language], AP US History, AP World History, AP European History; one in math or science: AP Calculus AB or BC [not AP Statistics], AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B or C; one in non-language of student choice; or evidence of completion of the IB Diploma. AP and IB exams must be taken prior to senior year to be applicable during the admissions cycle.  Applicants to the Stern School of Business who do not provide SAT or ACT scores must provide a score from a mathematics examination.  Note also this statement on the NYU website: "Students may instead select to submit result from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education; is administered independently of the student's school; and has been approved by the NYU Office of Admission"

Pratt Institute: Level 1 or 2 math recommended for applicants to architecture program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI): Subject Tests in Math and Science required of all applicants to accelerated degree programs in law and medicine if submitting SAT instead of ACT

Skidmore College: two Subject Tests “strongly recommended”— Subject Tests in language used for placement

State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo: Subject Tests recommended in world language for placement

State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook: Subject tests "encouraged" for students applying to Honors College

Union College: standardized testing optional, except: applicants to eight- year BS/MD program in Leadership in Medicine and Health Management must submit SAT and one math and one science Subject Test or ACT

University of Rochester: SAT or ACT or two or more Subject Tests or IB HL exams or AP exams or results from national secondary school or Chemistry Subject Tests "recommended" for all applicants to Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program

Vassar College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests “in different academic areas”

Webb Institute (of Naval Architecture): required: Chemistry or Physics; and Math Level 1 or Math Level 2

NORTH CAROLINA

Davidson College: two Subject Tests “recommended”: one Math and one of student choice if submitting SAT instead of ACT

Duke University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and Subject Tests; if ACT submitted, Arts/Sciences applicants are “encouraged” to take Subject Tests in World Language; if ACT not submitted, Arts and Sciences applicants required to submit two Subject Tests—one in world language “encouraged”; Engineering applicants required to submit Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 and one other of student’s choice

North Carolina State University: Math Level 2; an AP Calculus exam (AB or BC); or completion of NC State Online Math Skill Test required of accepted students who wish to enroll in a university mathematics course

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: “you are welcome to provide any Subject Test results”; Math Level 2; AP Calculus AB or BC; or IB Math HL exams required of accepted students for placement purposes only if student will enroll in a Calculus course; Math Level 1 required of accepted students for placement purposes only if student does not intend to enroll in a non-Calculus math course; Subjects Tests in Latin, German, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and French optional and used for placement purposes only

Wake Forest University: Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted

OHIO

Case Western Reserve University: Subject Tests optional —“you may send them if you feel they strengthen your application”

Kenyon College: Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted

Oberlin College: two Subject Tests recommended

OREGON

Reed College: Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted

PENNSYLVANIA

Allegheny College: Subject Tests optional-will be considered if submitted

Bryn Mawr College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests in different disciplines or student may submit a combination of three AP and/or Subject Tests—one in English, history, social sciences, the arts or world language; one in math or science; and one of student choice “in a subject different from the other two” (only one exam in a World Language will be considered)

Bucknell University: Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted; Subject Test in World language recommended for placement purposes

Carnegie Mellon University: Subject Tests required or otherwise as indicated below. Carnegie Institute of Technology or College of Fine Arts: Architecture: Math Level 1 or 2 and Chemistry or Physics required. College of Fine Arts: Other: neither required nor recommended. College of Humanities and Social Sciences or Information Systems: Math Level 1 or 2 and one of student’s choice required. Mellon College of Science or School of Computer Science: Math Level 1 or 2 and one of the three sciences: Biology, Physics, Chemistry required. Tepper School of Business: Math Level 1 or 2 and one of student’s choice, preferably a science.

Dickinson College: Subject Tests optional—considered if submitted; SAT and ACT optional though required for scholarship consideration 

Franklin and Marshall College: submission of testing optional—if not submitted, student must submit two recent (junior or senior year) graded writing samples; Subject Tests “may be submitted to demonstrate student’s strength within academic subjects”

Haverford College: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests

Lafayette College: Subject Tests recommended, considered for placement “in some academic departments” if submitted

Lehigh University: Subject Tests recommended for placement; applicants to BA/MD degree program “strongly encouraged” to take any math and Chemistry Subject Test

Susquehanna University: Subject Tests recommended “to provide valuable information about admission”; students may submit two graded writing samples in lieu of SAT or ACT

Swarthmore College : one of three options: SAT and two Subject Tests of student’s choice; or ACT; or SAT and ACT with or without Writing; engineering applicants “encouraged” to submit Math Level 2 regardless of whether SAT or ACT is presented

University of Pennsylvania: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests; if submitting SAT and Subject Tests, students applying to Engineering/Applied Science “strongly encouraged” to submit a Math Level 2 and physics; students applying to Wharton: “strongly encouraged’ to submit a Math Level 2; and students applying in Nursing “strongly encouraged’ to submit a science test, preferably Chemistry

RHODE ISLAND

Brown University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of both SAT and two Subject Tests

TENNESSEE

Vanderbilt University: Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted and will be used for placement purposes; “applicants to the School of Engineering who choose to take Subject Tests are 'strongly encouraged’ to submit Math Level 1 or 2”

TEXAS

Rice University: ACT may be submitted in lieu of SAT and two Subject Tests in “subjects related to student’s proposed area of study”

Trinity University: Subject Tests optional—considered if submitted 

University of Texas at Austin: Subject Tests in Latin, Korean, German, Physics and Math used for placement purposes if submitted

UNITED KINGDOM

King’s College of London: students may choose to submit a “full year” of Advanced Placement exams with scores of 4 or 5 to satisfy test requirements for admission; alternatively, a student may submit SAT or ACT and Subject Tests. This applies only to candidates for The School of Social Science and Public Policy and The School of Arts and Humanities

VERMONT

Bennington College: all standardized testing optional; Subject Tests will be considered if submitted

Middlebury College: SAT or ACT or three Subject Tests “in different areas of study”

VIRGINIA

College of William and Mary: Subject Tests optional—will consider if submitted and used for placement purposes in world languages

George Mason University: submission of SAT and ACT optional if student is in top 20% of class and/or has GPA of 3.5 or better on 4.0 scale; Subject Tests used for placement in World Languages if submitted

Hampden-Sydney College: Subject Tests recommended

University of Mary Washington : Subject Tests optional—will be considered if submitted and used for placement purposes in World Languages

University of Virginia: Subject Tests “strongly recommended”

Washington and Lee University: two Subject Tests “in unrelated areas” recommended—can’t submit Math Level 1 and Math Level 2, for example

Schools that require submission of Subject Tests regardless of whether applicant takes SAT or ACT:

California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – exception: non-architecture majors, College of Fine Arts (neither required nor recommended)
Cornell University (NY) – exception: applicants to Agriculture/Life Sciences and to Industrial/Labor Relations (Subject Tests optional for these schools)
Dartmouth College (NH)
Franklin Olin College of Engineering (MA)
Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges (MA)
Harvey Mudd College (CA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Princeton University (NJ)
Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (NY) – note: Webb does not accept ACT
Williams College (MA)

Schools that will accept the ACT in lieu of both SAT AND Subject Tests:

Amherst College (MA)
Barnard College (NY)
Boston College (MA)
Brown University (RI)
Bryn Mawr College (PA) – note: other testing options obtain—see college entry
Columbia University (NY)
Duke University (NC)
Haverford College (PA)
McGill University (PQ)
University of Pennsylvania
Pomona College (CA)
Rice University (TX)
Swarthmore College (PA) – note: other testing options obtain— see college entry
Tufts University (MA)
Vassar College (NY)
Wellesley College (MA)
Wesleyan College (CT)
Yale University (CT)