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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
English literature
Written by British authors
Other literature written in English
Past tests have included writers from India, Ireland, Canada, and the Caribbean

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

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


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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