Chemistry

The SAT Chemistry Syllabus on this page contains a detailed outline of topics prospective SAT Chemistry Test takers should cover before they write the test. It’s set by the College Board, an organization that administers the SAT.

Quick Notes

  • You can write the Chemistry subject in October, November, December, January, May and June. *Calculators are not permitted during the SAT Chemistry exam.
  • Problem solving requires simple numerical calculations (you need to know Algebra, etc) .
  • A periodic table is provided on the test.
  • Experience in the laboratory is recommended.
  • The Chemistry Subject Test reflects what is normally taught in high school. However, due to differences in high school, you may find questions in topics you are not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. You do not have to get every question correct to receive a perfect score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.

About the SAT Chemistry Test

The SAT Chemistry Subject Test is a 60 minute test with 85 multiple choice questions. It assesses your understanding of the major concepts of chemistry. It checks your ability to use these principles to solve problems.
The SAT Chemistry Subject Test is meant for those interested in majoring in engineering, or science related subjects.

Taking the SAT Chemistry Subject Test would help showcase your interest, and ability in that subject, hence could give you an advantage over other applicants in the application pool. It could also give you an opportunity to earn college credits.
You should know whether the university you want to apply to recommends or requires undergraduate applicants to take the SAT subject tests.

SAT Chemistry Syllabus

To view the latest SAT Syllabus for Chemistry, click the link below.