SAT Subject Test Practice


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Ready to show colleges what you’re made of? The Chemistry Subject Test assesses your understanding of the major concepts of chemistry and your ability to apply these principles to solve specific problems. If you’re interested in studying science or engineering in college, taking the Chemistry Subject Test can help you demonstrate your interests and showcase your strengths in the subject.

Test Basics

Scoring, Timing, Number of Questions

Points Minutes Questions
200–800 60 85
    Multiple Choice

Important Notes

  • Offered in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, May and June
  • Calculator use not permitted
  • Problem solving requires simple numerical calculations
  • Measurements are expressed in the metric system
  • A periodic table is provided on the test

Getting Ready for the Test

Anticipated Skills

SKILLS Approximate % of Test
Fundamental concepts and knowledge 20%
Application of knowledge 45%
Synthesis of knowledge 35%

  • Understanding of the major concepts of chemistry and the ability to apply principles to solve specific problems
  • Ability to organize and interpret results from observation and experimentation, and to draw conclusions or make inferences from experimental data, including data presented in graphic or tabular form or both
  • Laboratory experience and familiarity with the metric system of units
  • Ability to handle simple algebraic relationships and apply these to solving word problems
  • Familiarity with the concepts of ratio and direct and inverse proportions, exponents and scientific notations
Recommended Preparation

  • One-year introductory college-preparatory course in chemistry
  • One-year course in algebra
  • Experience in the laboratory
Topics on the Test

Free Downloadable Practice Resources

Additional Things to Know

Answering Relationship Analysis Questions

On the actual Chemistry test, relationship analysis questions must be answered on the special section (labeled “Chemistry”) at the lower left-hand corner of your answer sheet. These questions will be numbered beginning with 101.

Answer sheet #101

*CE indicates a correct explanation of the relationship


Periodic Table

A periodic table indicating the atomic numbers and masses of elements is provided

Periodic Table of the Elements

Please note that this test reflects what is commonly taught in high school. Due to differences in high school classes, it’s likely that most students will find questions on topics they’re not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. You do not have to get every question correct to receive the highest score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.

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