Want to know whether your SAT subject test score is good? Check out these tables, which show the percentile ranks of different subject test scores – highly useful if you want to know where you stand! What’s important for these tests is the average score on SAT subject tests. Remember that they are designed to prove that you’re particularly knowledgeable in a certain subject, so you really need to be aiming to be above the average score if the test is going to add something to your application.
You can see the full data here, but it’s a bit hard to follow. This data is for 2015, the most recent year published at time of writing. I’ve chosen to show the 25th percentile, 50th percentile (i.e. average score on SAT subject tests), and 75th percentile scores for each test.
Subject Test scores (excluding languages)
|Percentile||Literature||US History||World History||Math I||Math II||Biology (E)||Biology (M)||Chemistry||Physics|
|25th percentile||560||590||550||560||630||570||600||600||600||50th Percentile||640||670||620||640||710||640||670||690||690||75th Percentile||710||730||710||710||780||710||730||760||760|
Language Tests: (L refers to listening test, R to reading)
|Percentile||Chinese (L)||French (L)||German (L)||Japanese (L)||Korean (L)||Spanish (L)||French (R)||German (R)||Modern Hebrew (R)||Italian (R)||Latin (R)||Spanish (R)|
I hope this is useful to you! As a general rule, subject tests are supposed to show proficiency in a given subject. So I wouldn’t recommend submitting a score that’s below the average score on SAT subject test for that particular test. There are some exceptions however – if you speak Korean as a second language, then a score of 750 is still strong even though it’s below the 25th percentile. Remember that the figures of language tests may be boosted by native speakers taking the tests. Choosing which tests to write? Look here.