SAT Subject Tests: Chemistry

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Have you heard of the SAT Subject Tests? They’re excellent opportunities for students to show off their academic skills in a certain area. The tests are additional (optional) standardized exams that focus in on one subject, unlike the SAT which covers broader topics.

Chemistry Test Overview

Chemistry is a wide-reaching field with dozens of branching focuses. Students interested in any chemistry-related major should definitely consider taking this particular test, as it shows your intent and dedication to the field, earning a boost on college applications.

Chemistry Test Breakdown

There are 85 total questions on this test, with 60 minutes to answer them all.

Chemistry Topics:

  • Structure of Matter: 25%
  • States of Matter: 16%
  • Reaction Types: 14%
  • Stoichiometry: 14%
  • Equilibrium and Reaction Rates: 5%
  • Thermochemistry: 6%
  • Descriptive Chemistry: 12%
  • Laboratory: 8%

Subjects Covered

Structure of Matter:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Molecular Structure
  • Bonding

States of Matter:

  • Gases
  • Liquids and Solids
  • Solutions

Reaction Types:

  • Acids and Bases
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Precipitation


  • Mole Concept
  • Chemical Equations

Equilibrium and Reaction Rates:

  • Equilibrium Systems
  • Rates of Reactions


  • Conservation of Energy
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Heating / Cooling Curves
  • Entropy

Descriptive Chemistry:

  • Common Elements
  • Nomenclature of Ions and Compounds
  • Periodic Trends
  • Organic Compounds


  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Measurements
  • Procedures
  • Data Analysis
  • Interpretation of Graphical Data
  • Data Observations

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