Prep For SAT Subject Test in Literature
Showcase Your Literature Knowledge
There are six to eight sets of questions on the test, each based on a different literary text.
This test reflects what is commonly taught in high school. Due to differences in high school classes, it’s likely that most students will find questions on topics they’re not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. Students do not have to get every question correct to receive the highest score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.
- Knowledge of basic literary terminology, such as irony, stanza, image, tone, alliteration and speaker (highly specialized terms are not covered).
- Understanding of the following literary concepts:
- Overall meaning, including effect and theme
- Form, including structure, genre and organization
- Use of language, including word choice, imagery and metaphor
- Meanings and connotations of specific words in context
- Narrative voice, including tone and attitude
- Characterization in narrative and dramatic selections
|Source of Questions||Approximate % of Test|
written by authors from the United States
written by British authors
|Other literature written in English
past tests have included writers from India, Ireland, Canada and the Caribbean
|Chronology||Approximate % of Test|
|Renaissance and 17th century||30%|
|18th and 19th centuries||30%|
Books We Work With
Our one-on-one tutoring for these exams requires The College Board’s Official Study Guide for All SAT Subject Tests or/and Barron’s SAT Subject Test for Literature.
- Students preparing for the Literature Subject Test generally meet for five 90-minute sessions.