The Student Aptitude Test (SAT) is used as a guide for informing instruction and ensuring that our curriculum is preparing students for success in college and careers. For more information on the SAT Biology requirements, check out all the information below. Completion of 1 year of Biology, Algebra and laboratory experience prepares a student for the SAT in Biology.

Skills Covered in Biology SAT tests:

  • Knowing fundamental concepts; remembering specific facts; demonstrating straightforward knowledge of information and familiarity with terminology (about 30% of test). 

  • Understanding concepts and reformulating information into other equivalent forms; applying knowledge to unfamiliar and/or practical situations; solving problems using mathematical relationships (about 35% of test). 

  • Interpreting, inferring, and deducing from qualitative and quantitative data and integrating information to form conclusions; recognizing unstated assumptions (about 35% of test).

Topics Covered in Biology SAT Tests:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Cell structure and organization, mitosis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, enzymes, biosynthesis, biological chemistry

  • Ecology: Energy flow, nutrient cycles, populations, communities, ecosystems, biomes, biodiversity, effects of human intervention

  • Genetics: Meiosis, Mendelian genetics, inheritance patterns, molecular genetics, and Organismal Biology: structure, function and development of organisms (with emphasis on plants and animals), animal behavior

  • Evolution and Diversity : Origin of life, evidence of evolution, patterns of evolution, natural selection, speciation, classification and diversity of organisms


The Preliminary Student Aptitude Test (PSAT) is taken in 10th grade at Calabasas High School and is a shortened version of the SAT that is not acceptable for college admissions. Testing takes place in October.

*Adapted from College Board