SAT Chemistry overview

SAT subject test in Chemistry is administered by College Board.

Time: The test is 60 minutes long

Number of questions: 85 multiple choice questions

Calculator: Not Allowed

Periodic table that indicated atomic numbers and masses is provided on the test.

Test Dates: Test is offered in August, October, November, December, May, and June.

Practice: College board released 2 official tests that can be purchases on its website.

To be well prepared for the test, a student has to take 1 year of introductory college level chemistry (general chemistry).

Content of the Test:

Structure of matter

  • Atomic Structure, including experimental evidence of atomic structure, quantum numbers and energy levels (orbitals), electron configurations, periodic trends

  • Molecular Structure, including Lewis structures, three-dimensional molecular shapes, polarity

  • Bonding, including ionic, covalent, and metallic bonds, relationships of bonding to properties and structures; intermolecular forces such as hydrogen bonding, dipole-dipole forces, dispersion (London) forces


States of matter

  • Gases, including the kinetic molecular theory, gas law relationships, molar volumes, density, and stoichiometry

  • Liquids and Solids, including intermolecular forces in liquids and solids, types of solids, phase changes, and phase diagrams

  • Solutions, including molarity and percent by mass concentrations, solution preparation and stoichiometry, factors affecting solubility of solids, liquids, and gases, qualitative aspects of colligative properties


Reaction types

  • Acids and Bases, including Brønsted-Lowry theory, strong and weak acids and bases, pH, titrations, indicators

  • Oxidation-Reduction, including recognition of oxidation-reduction reactions, combustion, oxidation numbers, use of activity series

  • Precipitation, including basic solubility rules