What's a Good Chemistry SAT Subject Test Score?

Learn What Chemistry Exam Score You Need for College Admission or College Credit

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The highly selective colleges and universities that require SAT Subject Tests will typically want to see a Chemistry test score of 700 or higher. Some students certainly get in with lower scores, but they are in the minority. Very top schools such as MIT will look for scores well above 700.

The range of typical Chemistry SAT Subject Test scores will, of course, vary widely from college to college, but this article will give a general overview of what defines a good Chemistry SAT Subject Test score.

 Unfortunately, you won't find a tool like this for the SAT subject tests, but you can use this free calculator from Cappex to learn your chances of being accepted to a college based on your unweighted GPA and general SAT scores.

The table at the bottom of the page shows the correlation between Chemistry SAT scores and the percentile ranking of students who took the exam. For example, 77% of students scored a 760 or below on the exam. You'll also note that nearly half of all test-takers scored a 700 or higher on the exam.

SAT Subject Test scores aren't comparable to general SAT scores because the subject tests tend to be taken by a higher percentage of high-achieving students than the SAT. Whereas a large number of colleges and universities require SAT or ACT scores, only elite and highly selective schools require SAT Subject Test scores. As a result, the average scores for SAT Subject Tests are significantly higher than those for the regular SAT.

For the Chemistry SAT Subject Test, the mean score is 666 (compared to about 500 for the SAT).

Most colleges do not publicize their SAT Subject Test admissions data. However, for elite colleges, you will ideally have scores in the 700s. Here are what a few colleges say about the SAT Subject Tests:

As this limited data shows, a strong application will usually have SAT Subject Test scores in the 700s. Realize, however, that all elite schools have a holistic admissions process, and significant strengths in other areas can make up for a less-than-ideal test score.

For course credit and placement in Chemistry, far more colleges recognize AP exams than SAT Subject Test exams. Below are a couple exceptions:

  • Georgia Tech: a Chemistry SAT Subject Test score over 720 earns a student credit for CHEM 1310 (from the Georgia Tech Catalog)
  • Texas A&M: a score of 700 or higher on the Chemistry SAT Subject Test qualifies a student to take the departmental exam for CHEM 102

    You will also find some colleges that will accept a good score on the Chemistry SAT Subject Test as part of their science admissions requirement. In other words, if a school requires three years of high school science, it may be possible to take two years of science and do well on a science SAT II Subject Test in a third field. Check individual school's policies for fulfilling academic admissions requirements.

    Data source for the chart below: the College Board website.

    Chemistry SAT Subject Test Scores and Percentiles

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