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What is a good score for SAT subject tests?


For selective elite colleges, is there a minimum score that they like to see for subject tests? Do you have to get an 800 for it to look impressive or is there some scaling system that they use to differentiate excellent scores from good and okay scores. I heard that for the sat, a 1520+ is a like a minimum for selective schools and a 1560+ is in the excellent range, so is there a similar scale thing for subject tests? Also im not sure if different scores look better for different tests. I'm taking math 2 and chem so im not sure whatnwpuld be good scores for these tests.


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For top selective schools, you want to aim to be in the top 15-20% of all test takers. Math 2 and chem have some of the most lenient curves, which means that you need an 800 in math and a 770 in chem to stay in the top 20%. However, anything 750+ is worth reporting to colleges.

If you want to see the percentile breakdown, here's the link:

I hope this helps, and good luck on your tests!

Agreed, essentially you want to be in the 740-750 range or higher. Math II and some of the easier exams (foreign language, chem, physics) are worse since they are very popular and their curve is great, so a 750 is not a “good score.” Meanwhile, Lit, US/world history, and math 1 are the hardest, so a 730+ is considered “good” cause of the percentile.
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