Is your Math SAT Subject Test score good enough to get you into a top college or to earn college credit? This article will give a general overview of what defines a good Math SAT Subject Test score for both the Level 1 and Level 2 exams.

### What Math Subject Test Score Do You Need?

The table below shows the correlation between Math SAT scores and the percentile ranking of students who took the Math 1 and the Math 2 exams.

Thus, 73% of test takers scored a 700 or below on the Math 1 exam, and 48% scored below 700 on the Math 2 exam.

**Math SAT Subject Test Scores and Percentiles**

Math SAT Subject Test Score | Percentile (Math Level 1) | Percentile (Math Level 2) |

800 | 99 | 81 |

780 | 97 | 77 |

760 | 94 | 65 |

740 | 88 | 59 |

720 | 80 | 52 |

700 | 73 | 48 |

680 | 65 | 41 |

660 | 58 | 35 |

640 | 51 | 28 |

620 | 44 | 23 |

600 | 38 | 18 |

580 | 32 | 13 |

560 | 26 | 10 |

540 | 21 | 7 |

520 | 17 | 5 |

500 | 13 | 3 |

480 | 10 | 2 |

460 | 8 | 2 |

440 | 6 | 1 |

420 | 4 | 1 |

400 | 3 | 1 |

When you view these percentiles, it quickly becomes clear that SAT Subject Test scores can't be compared to general SAT scores. This is because the subject tests are taken by a higher percentage of high-achieving students than the regular SAT. Primarily elite and highly selective schools require SAT Subject Test scores, whereas the majority of colleges and universities require scores from the regular SAT or ACT. As a result, the average scores for SAT Subject Tests are significantly higher than those for the regular SAT. For the Math 1 SAT Subject Test, the mean score is 619, and for the Math 2 exam, the mean is 690 (compared to an average of about 500 for sections of the regular SAT).

### What Scores Do Colleges Want to See?

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:

- MIT: The middle 50% of students scored between 780 and 800 on SAT II Subject Tests in math (from MIT Admissions Statistics)

- Middlebury College: "We are accustomed to seeing ... SAT IIs that range from the low to middle 700s" (from Middlebury admission FAQs)
- Princeton University: the middle 50% of admitted applicants averaged scores between 710 and 790 on their three highest SAT II Subject Tests
- UCLA: about 75% of admitted students scored between 700 and 800 on their best SAT Subject Test; 19% scored between 600 and 690; for admitted students, the average score for the best SAT Subject Test was 732 (683 for the second best subject) (from the UCLA Profile of Admitted Freshmen)
- Williams College: For the class of 2015, 39% of students scored between 750 and 800; 27% scored between 700 and 740; 13% scored between 650 and 690; 12% scored between 600 and 640; and 4% scored between 550 and 590 (from the Williams class of 2015 profile)

As this limited data shows, a strong application will usually have SAT Subject Test scores in the 700s. At the most selective colleges, even a 700 might be on the low end of the typical range, and you'll ideally have scores in the mid to high 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.

### What Scores Do You Need for College Credit?

Note that colleges are more likely to award college credit for the AP Calculus AB exam or AP Calculus BC exam than for the SAT Math Subject Test. However, a few colleges will grant course credit for the SAT Math Subject Test, and many will use the exam as a math placement exam. For example:

- Loyola University of Chicago: A score over 535 on either the Math Level 1 or Level 2 exams will exempt students from taking the Math Placement Assessment, and students will be placed into the appropriate math course (see the LUC Math Placement FAQs).
- Texas Christian: Place into Calculus I with a score of 560 or better on the Math Level I exam or 520 or better on the Math Level II exam (see the TCU math placement guidelines)
- University of Texas at Austin School of Engineering: If your score is 560 to 590 [level 1] (530 to 550 [level 2]), you are eligible to enroll in M 408C but are encouraged to enroll in M 408K. If your score is 600 [level 1] (560 [level 2]) or greater, you may enroll in M 408C (see the UT Austin Placement Test policy)

Check the websites of individual colleges to learn the policies. In general, however, don't count on getting college credit for an SAT Subject Test. Rather, view the test as a way to demonstrate your college readiness.

*Data source for the table : the College Board website.*