Test Information

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

Test Basics
Points: 200-800
Minutes: 60
Questions: 75 (Multiple Choice)
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Recommended Preparation
One-year introductory college-preparatory course in physics
Courses in algebra and trigonometry
Experience in the laboratory

Test Practice: Physics
Answer Explanations

Test Topics

Content% of TestTopics
Mechanics36% - 42%Kinematics, such as velocity, acceleration, motion in one dimension, and motion of projectiles
Dynamics, such as force, Newton’s laws, statics, and friction
Energy and momentum, such as potential and kinetic energy, work, power, impulse, and conservation laws
Circular motion, such as uniform circular motion and centripetal force
Simple harmonic motion, such as mass on a spring and the pendulum
Gravity, such as the law of gravitation, orbits, and Kepler’s laws
Electricity and magnetism18% – 24%Electric fields, forces, and potentials, such as Coulomb’s law, induced charge, field and potential of groups of point charges, and charged particles in electric fields
Capacitance, such as parallel-plate capacitors and time-varying behavior in charging/ discharging
Circuit elements and DC circuits, such as resistors, light bulbs, series and parallel networks, Ohm’s law, and Joule’s law
Magnetism, such as permanent magnets, fields caused by currents, particles in magnetic fields, Faraday’s law, and Lenz’s law
Waves and optics
15%–19%General wave properties, such as wave speed, frequency, wavelength, superposition, standing wave diffraction, and Doppler effect
Reflection and refraction, such as Snell’s law and changes in wavelength and speed
Ray optics, such as image formation using pinholes, mirrors, and lenses
Physical optics, such as single-slit diffraction, double-slit interference, polarization, and color
Heat and thermodynamics6% – 11%Thermal properties, such as temperature, heat transfer, specific and latent heats, and thermal expansions
Laws of thermodynamics, such as first and second laws, internal energy, entropy, and heat engine efficiency
Modern physics6% – 11%Quantum phenomena, such as photons and photoelectric effect
Atomic, such as the Rutherford and Bohr models, atomic energy levels, and atomic spectra
Nuclear and particle physics, such as radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and fundamental particles
Relativity, such as time dilation, length contraction, and mass-energy equivalence
Miscellaneous4% – 9%General, such as history of physics and general questions that overlap several major topics
Analytical skills, such as graphical analysis, measurement, and math skills
Contemporary physics, such as astrophysics, superconductivity, and chaos theory


BookPublisherEditionPublishing DateISBNPrice
The Official Study Guide for ALL SAT Subject Tests, 2nd Edition
College Board2ndApril 26, 2011978-0874479751$13.09
Barron's SAT Subject Test PhysicsBarron's11thAugust 1, 2013978-1438000404$10.68
Cracking the SAT Physics Subject TestPrinceton Review15thDecember 9, 2014978-0804125666$12.30
Sterling Test Prep SAT Physics Practice QuestionsCreateSpace Independent3rdMay 30, 2015978-1514110164$20.85
Kaplan SAT Subject Test PhysicsKaplan2015-2016March 3, 2015978-1618658470$12.76
Dr. Jang's SAT* 800 Physics Subject Test CreateSpace IndependentApril 15, 2016978-1532874987$24.99
McGraw-Hill Education SAT Subject Test Physics
McGraw-Hill2ndDecember 30, 2015978-1259583674$11.88


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