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Overview

The Princeton Review realizes that acing the SAT II: Biology Subject Test is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about biology–only what you'll need to score higher on the exam. There's a big difference. In Cracking the SAT II: Biology E/M, we'll teach you how to think like the test writers and
·Score higher by reviewing key biology concepts
·Earn more points by familiarizing yourself with the format of the test
·Safeguard yourself against traps that can cost you points
·Perfect your skills by practicing review questions in each chapter
This book includes two full-length practice SAT II: Biology E/M Subject Tests. All of our practice questions are just like the ones you'll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every solution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375762949
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 3/11/2003
  • Series: College Test Prep Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

The Princeton Review is the fastest growing test-preparation company in the country, with over 60 franchise offices in the nation. Each year, we help more than 2 million students prepare for college, grad school, professional licensing exams, and successful careers.
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Table of Contents

Cracking the SAT II:
Biology E/M
Subject Test
CONTENTS
PART I: ORIENTATION 1
Chapter 1: Introduction 3
Point 1: Approaching the Test Strategically 6
Point 2: Teaching You the Biology You Need to Know for the Exam 7
Chapter 2: The Exam Format, Question Types,
and Strategies 11
The Format 11
Classifi cation Questions 12
Five-Choice Questions 13
Laboratory Five-Choice Questions 15
Strategy 1: Study the Right Stuff in the Right Way 16
Strategy 2: Practice the Right Stuff at the Right Time 17
Strategy 3: Easy Stuff First 18
Strategy 4: Take a Guess, but Guess Smart 18
Strategy 5: Choosing the “Wrong” Answer—
LEAST/EXCEPT/NOT Questions 19
Strategy 6: I, II, III—You’re Out! 19
Strategy 7: Avoid the Camoufl age Trap 20
Strategy 8: Avoiding the Temptation Trap—Predict an Answer 21
Strategy Summary 25
Special Tips for Laboratory Five-Choice Questions 26
PART II: SUBJECT REVIEW 27
Chapter 3: Cracking Cellular and Molecular Biology 29
Biologically Important Macromolecule #1: Protein 31
Biologically Important Macromolecule #2: Carbohydrate 35
Biologically Important Macromolecule #3: Lipid 38
Biologically Important Macromolecule #4: Nucleic Acid 43
Eukaryotic Cell Structure 48
What Goes On in the Cytoplasm: Chemical Reactions and Enzymes 58
Time to Talk About Cellular Respiration 60
Glycolysis 62
The Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex (PDC) 63
The Krebs Cycle 64
Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation 66
What Happens if Oxygen Is Not Available? 70
DNA Replicates Itself 71
Chromosomes and the Whole Organism: The Same Setin Every Cell 73
Chromosomes Come in Pairs: Homologous Chromosomes 73
How Chromosomes Govern Protein Synthesis: Transcription and Translation 75
More About Translation 77
How Translation Works, Part 1: tRNA 80
How Translation Works, Part 2: The Ribosome 81
How a Whole Cell Reproduces Itself: Mitosis 85
Chapter 4: Cracking Genetics 91
Remember Why Chromosomes Are Important: They Contain Genes 91
The Formation of Gametes: Meiosis 92
Let’s Go Back to Genetics 100
Phenotype and Genes 101
Mating and Crossing: Predicting the Phenotype and
Genotype of Offspring 105
Punnett Squares 107
Sex and Sex-Linked Traits 112
Pedigree Analysis 116
Chapter 5: Cracking Evolution and Diversity 121
The Origin of Life 122
Evolution 123
Getting Organized: Phylogeny 128
Kingdom Monera 130
Kingdom Protista 131
Kingdom Plantae 132
Kingdom Fungi 134
Kingdom Animalia 134
Chapter 6: Cracking the Structures and Functions of Organisms 139
Control of the Body, Part 1—The Nervous System 140
Control of the Body, Part 2—The Endocrine System 152
Transport Within the Body—The Circulatory System 162
Blood Typing 164
The Heart 171
Ventilation and Gas Exchange—The Respiratory System 174
Body Processing, Part 1—The Digestive System 181
Body Processing, Part 2—The Urinary System 189
Support and Protection of the Body, Part 1—The Skeletal System 194
Support and Protection of the Body, Part 2—The Muscular System 195
Support and Protection of the Body, Part 3—The Skin 198
Reproduction and Development, Part 1—The Male System 202
Reproduction and Development, Part 2—The Female System 203
Reproduction and Development, Part 3—Fertilization, Embryology,
and Fetal Development 206
The Structures and Functions of Plants 210
Behavior, Learning, and Coexistence 218
The Structures and Functions of Microorganisms 223
Chapter 7: Cracking Ecology 233
What is a Population? 234
What is a Community? 236
More about the Community—Who’s Who 238
Let’s Talk About Ecological Succession 241
Getting Bigger—the Ecosystem 242
What Goes Around Comes Around—Nutrient Cycles 242
Getting Bigger Again—Biomes 245
PART III: THE PRINCETON REVIEW PRACTICE SAT II: BIOLOGY E/M SUBJECT TESTS
AND EXPLANATIONS 251
Chapter 8: SAT II: Biology E/M Subject Test 1 253
Chapter 9: Answers and Explanations: Subject Test 1 275
Chapter 10: SAT II: Biology E/M Subject Test 2 287
Chapter 11: Answers and Explanations: Subject Test 2 313
Chapter 12: Answers to In-Chapter Questions 329
About the Author 363
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Disappointing...

    I found that the chapter reviews in this book were very skimpy and elementary. Many of the detailed questions I saw on the actual Bio SAT II were not covered in this book. Thankfully, I also studied with Barron's preparatory book (which I strongly recommend... It may be very detailed, but at least all of the information needed for the exam is covered). I ended up with a 690, which I wasn't too thrilled about... If you're aiming for higher than me, do yourself a favor and bypass this book -- Head straight for Barron's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    a good book for quick review

    if you dont want to spend a lot of time preparing for the SAT II Bio, then this is the perfect book for you. it contains most of the important concepts that you need to grasp in order to score high, but not all of them.

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