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Literature Subject Test

Test Description
Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests

Test Dates
Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., May, and June

Test Basics
Points: 200-800
Minutes: 60
Questions: 60 (Multiple Choice)

Test Practice
Test Practice: Literature
Answer Explanations

Recommended Preparation

  • 3–4 years of literary study at the college-preparatory level
  • Close, critical reading in English and American literature from a variety of historical periods and genres
  • Reading of complete novels and plays - not just excerpts
  • Independent, critical reading of poetry, prose, and drama

Test Topics

Source of Questions% of Test
American literature
Written by authors from the United States
40–50%
English literature
Written by British authors
40–50%
Other literature written in English
Past tests have included writers from India, Ireland, Canada, and the Caribbean
40–50%

Chronology% of Test
Renaissance and 17th century30%
18th and 19th centuries30%
20th century40%

Genre% of Test
Prose passages
Primarily excerpts from fiction and essays
40–50%
Poetry
Primarily entire poems, although some selections are excerpted from longer works
40–50%
Drama and other0–10%

Books

BookPublisherEditionPublishing DateISBNPrice
The Official Study Guide for ALL SAT Subject Tests
College Board2ndApril 26, 2011978-0874479751$13.09
Barron's SAT Subject Test LiteratureBarron's6th978-1438003696978-1438003696$10.06
Kaplan SAT Subject Test LiteratureKaplan2015-2016March 3, 2015978-1618658494$12.75
Cracking the SAT Literature Subject TestPrinceton Review15thDecember 9, 2014978-0804125642$12.77
McGraw-Hill Education SAT Subject Test Biology E/MMcGraw-Hill4thJanuary 4, 2016978-1259584077$12.65

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