SAT Physics

SAT II-Physics Subject Test

The Physics Subject Test assesses your understanding of concepts from one year of introductory physics on the college-preparatory level, as well as reasoning and problem-solving skills derived from lab experience. If you’re thinking about pursuing a math- or science-based program of study (such as science, technology, engineering, or math), taking the Physics Subject Test is a great way to demonstrate your interests on your college application.

Test Basics

200-8006075 (Multiple Choice)


Important Notes

  • Offered in August, October, November, December, May, and June.
  • Calculator use not permitted
  • Problem solving requires simple numerical calculations
  • Measurements are expressed in the metric system

Test Basics

200-8006075 (Multiple Choice)


Important Notes

  • Offered in August, October, November, December, May, and June.
  • Calculator use not permitted
  • Problem solving requires simple numerical calculations
  • Measurements are expressed in the metric system

Getting Ready for the Test

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Anticipated Skills

SkillsApproximate % of Test
Fundamental concepts & knowledge12%-20%
Single-concept problem48%-64%
Multiple-concept problem20%-35%
  • Ability to recall and understand the major concepts of physics and to apply these physical principles to solve specific problems
  • Understanding of simple algebraic, trigonometric and graphical relationships, and the concepts of ratio and proportion, and how to apply these to physics problems
  • Familiarity with the metric system of units
  • Ability to apply laboratory skills in the context of the physics content covered on the test

Recommended Preparation

  • One-year introductory college-preparatory course in physics
  • Courses in algebra and trigonometry
  • Experience in the laboratory

Topics on the Test

ContentApproximate % of Test
Mechanics 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 laws36%-42%
Electricity and magnetism 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 law18%–24%
Waves and optics 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 color15%–19%
Heat and thermodynamics 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 efficiency6%–11%
Modern physics 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 equivalence6%–11%
Miscellaneous 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 theory4%–9%

Download the SAT Subject Tests Student Guide (.pdf/6.3 MB) for more information on the topics. Source: College Board. We are not associated with College Board.

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