SAT Subject Test Guidance
Ridge curriculum information provided by the subject area Supervisors.
SAT Subject Test
Preparation for the SAT subject test in literature is not a curricular goal of the Bernards Township English Language Arts program. However, through the program’s scope and sequence, students encounter a variety of literature and develop close critical reading skills which will allow them to be successful on the exam. The College Board recommends 3–4 years of literary study at the college-preparatory level before taking the exam. Students who wish to take the SAT subject test in literature are encouraged to prepare with the materials available through the College Board.
Preparation for the SAT subject tests in American History and World History is not a curricular goal of any courses within the Bernards Township Social Studies program. However, in the Global History program and US History course, students study the content covered in the scope and sequence of those two SAT subject tests. Specifically, the content on the World History SAT subject test is taught over two years in Bernards Township; grade 8 Global History 1 and grade 9 Global History 2. Students who wish to take the SAT subject tests in these subjects would be encouraged to prepare for test individually with the test preparation materials available through the College Board.
Mathematics Level 1
Preparation for the SAT subject tests in mathematics is not a curricular goal of any individual course within the Bernards Township mathematics program. However, Mathematics Level 1 is based on two years of Algebra and one year of Geometry. Therefore, it is recommended for Mathematics Level 1 to follow Algebra II.
Mathematics Level 2
Preparation for the SAT subject tests in mathematics is not a curricular goal of any individual course within the Bernards Township mathematics program. However, Mathematics Level 2 contains material found in Precalculus. Therefore, it is recommended for Mathematics Level 2 to follow Precalculus.
Biology E (biological communities, populations, and energy flow)
Our core science program (biology, chemistry, physics) prepares students for success on the applicable SAT Subject Tests. The honors courses are specifically designed for this purpose. Students in our Honors Biology courses should be prepared for either Biology E or Biology M. Students in Honors Chemistry are prepared for the Chemistry Exam but scores are traditionally higher when students postpone taking the exam until the end of AP Chemistry. Please Note: The AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, and AP Physics C courses are not designed to prepare students for the SAT Subject Test in Physics.
Biology M (biochemistry, cellular structure, and processes)
The College Board recommends 3–4 years of study in high school or the equivalent for French and Spanish and 2-4 years of study in high school or the equivalent for Italian and Latin. AT RHS, students who have completed Level 3 will have the skills necessary to take the SAT Subject Test. It is encouraged, but not required, that students be enrolled in Level 4 Honors or higher before taking these exams.