Biology SAT II Review Course

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Classes are offered in both Armonk & Scarsdale.  The course consists of ten 1.5 hour sessions and runs from March through the week of the June exam. A six week version of the course is also available with classes beginning in April. The Biology SAT II exam will be given on May 6, 2017 and again on June 3, 2017.

Tuition for the 10-week course is $1225. Tuition for the 6-week course is $729.

Click on “Class Schedules” link on top menu bar then scroll down to see complete list of class dates and times for each course and location.

Day/Time Dates Location Course Instructor Sign Up
Section 1 Six-Week Course 4/23/17 to 6/1/17 Armonk Gina Curran Class is Full
Section 2 Six-Week Course 4/24/17 to 5/31/17 Armonk Gina Curran Class is Full
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30PM Ten-Week Course 3/21/17 to 5/30/17 Armonk Gina Curran Class is Full
Sundays 5:45-7:15PM Ten-Week Course 3/5/17 to 5/31/17 Scarsdale Bill Spence Class is Full
Sundays 4:00-5:30PM Six-Week Course 4/2/17 to 5/30/17 Scarsdale Jeff Angus Class is Full
Sundays 6:00-7:30PM Six-Week Course 4/2/17 to 5/30/17 Scarsdale Jeff Angus Class is Full

Required Course Textbooks:

Barron’s Biology SAT II Review Book, 5th edition

Princeton Review: Cracking the Biology SAT II, 15th edition

Format and Content of Test

The Biology E/M exam consists of 80 five-choice multiple-choice questions.  Students have 60 minutes to complete the exam. On test day, students must decide if they are taking the Biology-E or the Biology-M exam. The first 60 questions are common to both Biology-E and M, followed by 20 specialized questions for each section.  Students should choose the E-section if they feel more comfortable answering questions pertaining to biological communities, populations, and energy flow. They should choose the M-section if they feel more comfortable answering questions pertaining to biochemistry, cellular structure and processes, such as respiration and photosynthesis.

How the Test is Scored

For each correct answer, students are given one point.  For each wrong answer, they lose ¼ of a point so there is a penalty for guessing.  If they omit a question, it is not counted.  After all the points are totaled, their paper is given a Raw Score.  The Raw Score is then converted to an equivalent College Board score, which ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 800 points.

What is Score Choice?

Score Choice gives students the option to choose the SAT scores that they send to colleges. This allows students to put their best foot forward on test day by giving them flexibility and control over their scores. Score Choice is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores will automatically be sent to the colleges the student applies to.  Please be aware – not all colleges and universities honor Score Choice. We recommend that students and parents research the admission requirements for all of the schools the student is considering applying to.

When Should a Student Take the Test?

Most students who are enrolled in a review course or who work with a private tutor opt to take both the May and June exams.  Students tend to approach the May exam as a practice test.  They can then use the next few weeks to continue to study and take practice tests before retaking the test in June.

Services for Students with Disabilities

If your child gets testing accommodations, such as extended time, in their IEP or 504 plan, they may qualify for those same accommodations on the SAT II exam as well. Often times, plans/programs developed at schools to meet local needs do not align with the College Board Guidelines. If this is the case, you have two options: to work with your school officials to ensure that your disability documentation includes all the information identified in the guidelines, or to submit your disability documentation with the Student Eligibility Form and have the College Board review it to determine the appropriate accommodations.

The Student Eligibility Form can be submitted online.

College Board often requires results from diagnostic tests that your child has never taken. In order to get all of the paperwork and possible additional testing complete in time you must act now!!

Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Click here to register for the SAT subject tests.

* Byram Hills High School is not a test center so students should register as soon as possible to ensure that they get their desired test location.

When registering for the Biology SAT II exam, do NOT opt for and pay for the “Question-and-Answer Service”.  It only applies to the SAT Reasoning Test and not the subject tests.

Helpful Exam Prep Links:

College Board

Spark Notes: Biology SAT II Test Center (practice tests)

Supplementary Course Materials:


Kaplan Biology SAT II Review Book

AP Biology Flashcards by Barron’s

The Official Study Guide for All SAT Subject Tests by College Board