SAT Subject Tests

While SAT Subject Tests are not required, some campuses recommend that freshman applicants interested in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

Recommended SAT Subject Tests

Remember, these are recommendations, not mandates. You will not be penalized for failing to take the SAT Subject Tests. On the other hand, submission of these test scores (just like submission of AP and/or IB scores) may add positively to the review of your application.

Campus recommendations

Berkeley

College of Chemistry and College of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.

Davis

Not recommended for any area.

Irvine

Claire Trevor School of the Arts: Any subject that will demonstrate the student's strengths.

Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Biology M, Chemistry, and/or Math Level 2 

School of Physical Sciences: Math Level 2 for chemistry, earth system science, mathematics, and physics majors

Program in Public Health: Biology E, Biology M, and/or Chemistry for public health science majors; Biology E, Biology M, and/or World History for public health policy majors

Los Angeles

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.

Merced

No recommendation at this time.

Riverside

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Bourns College of Engineering: Math 2 and Chemistry or Physics, for all majors

San Diego

Jacobs School of Engineering and biological or physical sciences majors: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major.

Santa Barbara

College of Engineering: Math Level 2

College of Creative Studies:

  • Literature for literature majors
  • Math Level 2 for math majors
  • Math Level 2 and Physics for physics majors
  • Biology for biology majors
  • Chemistry for biochemistry and chemistry majors
  • Math Level 2 for computer science majors
Santa Cruz

Not recommended for any area.

Submission deadline

Freshman applicants for fall 2014 must arrange to have official score reports sent to us by December 2013. If you plan to take an exam December, indicate the planned test date on your admission application.

And don't worry - if you report your scores to one campus, they will be shared with every campus to which you've applied.