Physics SAT Subject Test

Measure your understanding of topics such as magnetism, electricity, & kinetic theory.

The Physics SAT Subject Test, like the other math and science-related exams, measures conceptual understanding along with practical application. In addition to defining concepts, you will be asked to apply them in word problems and experimental contexts.
The physics test contains 75 multiple-choice questions. As with all other SAT subject tests, you are given one hour for completion.

What You Should Know

The Physics SAT Subject Test assesses your understanding of the discipline’s major concepts, including:

  • Mechanics, electricity and magnetism
  • Waves, heat, kinetic theory and thermodynamics
  • Algebraic, trigonometric and graphical relationships
  • Metric systems and units

Questions will assume a variety of forms – word problems, graphs, charts, illustrations, straight recall – so be prepared to adapt.

How the Test is Scored & How You Can Score Well

The Physics SAT Subject Test receives a score between 200 and 800. In 2011, the average (or mean) score was 656. You should note that the SAT does not penalize blank answers, so sometimes the smartest strategy is to skip questions that you don’t know.
Of course, an even smarter strategy is to prepare for the SAT as diligently as you can!
A simple law of magnetism: Focused study attracts a high score.

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