All About the SAT Biology E/M Test
The Deal: Many people will tell you that the SAT and SAT Subject Tests measure only your ability to perform well on standardized exams--that they measure neither your reading and thinking skills nor your level of knowledge. Maybe they're right? But then again, these people don't work for the college admissions teams. Those schools (and there are an increasing number of them) that are currently requiring SAT Subject Tests feel that these tests are an important indicator of your ability to succeed at college. Specifically, they use your scores in one or both of these two ways: to help them make admissions and/or placement decisions. This test is called the Biology E/M test because it allows you to, in addition to taking a core set of biology questions, to select a second set of questions on either Ecology (E) or Molecular (M) arenas. As we go through the units together, you may feel a certain comfort in one area over the other, but by the time you are preparing for this test, let's hope that you will be well versed in both!

Your Decision: Who should register for, prepare for, and take the SAT Biology test the first Saturday in June, 2009 at the High School here?

Here are some ideas of whomI feel might benefit from investing the time to take this test.
(Qu) I would take this test if...(the more you check, the more strongly I would encourage you to register!)

(a) I typically do well on the biology exams (consistently score above 80%)
(b) I have an interest in the biological sciences, and I will likely plan to register for AP Biology in a year or two.
(c) I do not have an interest in science, but I am good at it, and I feel I can make myself appear "well-rounded" to admissions with a high SAT score.
(d) I have not taken any AP course yet at the High School, and I want to see how it feels to prepare for and take a "high-stakes test."
(e) I am curious to see how my score on the SAT ranks with close to 10,000 students of the same age and status around the country.