AP Biology: The Best Test Prep for the AP

AP Biology: The Best Test Prep for the AP


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738607863
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 10/19/2009
Series: Advanced Placement (AP) Test Preparation
Edition description: Eighth
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author


Laurie Ann Callihan received a B.S. in Biology from Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, California, and pursued post-graduate study at ICR Graduate School, in Santee, California, and at Albany State University, in Albany, New York. Ms. Callihan began her educational career over 20 years ago as Laboratory Manager at Santana Public High School in Santee, California.
She has taught at Christian High School in El Cajon, California; NC3 Academy in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and Sauquoit Valley Central School District in Sauquoit, New York. Currently a home-school educator in Arcadia, Florida, Ms. Callihan also teaches CLEP* preparation classes throughout the United States. Her publications include The Guidance Manual for the Christian Home School, published by Career Press, Science by the Book, and a weekly column found on Crosswalk.com. Her educational work makes her a frequent radio and television guest.

Stephen Hart is a writer and editor specializing in science, medicine, and technology. After majoring in zoology, Mr. Hart went on to earn his M.A.T. in Biology at the University of Washington. He has worked as an editorial consultant for Prentice Hall, Saunders, and the American Society of Plant Physiologists. His freelance writing has included assignments for Time-Life Books, ABCNews.com, and the NASA Astrobiology Web site.

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Chapter 1 
Passing the AP Biology Examination 

About This Book and Testware®

This book provides an accurate and complete representation of the Advanced Placement Examination in Biology. Our six practice tests are based on the format of the most recently administered AP Biology Exam.
Each model exam lasts three hours (including a 10-minute reading period) and includes every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the real test. Following each of our practice tests is an answer key, complete with detailed explanations designed to clarify the material for you. Also included in this book is a targeted biology course review. We provide it as a quick and handy reference for the topics covered on the AP Biology Exam.
By using the subject reviews, completing all six practice tests, and studying the explanations that follow, you will pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and, above all, put yourself in the best possible position to do well on the actual test. 

Practice Tests I and II are also included on the enclosed TestWare® CD. The software provides the benefits of timed conditions and instantaneous, accurate scoring, which make it all the easier to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. 

The AP Biology Examination is offered each May at participating schools and multi-school centers throughout the world. 

The Advanced Placement Program is designed to allow high school students to pursue college-level studies while attending high school. The participating colleges, in turn, grant credit and/or advanced placement to students who do well on the examinations. 

The Advanced Placement Biology Course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course, often taken by biology majors in their first year of college. The AP Biology Exam covers material in three major areas: 

 1.  Molecules and Cells – 25%
 2.  Heredity and Evolution – 25%
 3.  Organisms and Populations – 50%

 The exam is divided into two sections:  
1. Multiple-Choice: Composed of 100 multiple-choice questions designed to test your ability to recall and understand various biological facts and concepts. This section of the exam is 80 minutes long, and is worth 60% of the final grade.  
 2. Free-Response: Consists of four mandatory questions designed to test your ability to think clearly and present ideas in a logical and coherent way. The answers must be in essay form. Outlines alone, or unlabeled and unexplained diagrams are not acceptable. Each of the four questions is weighted equally, and topics covered are as follows:  

 Molecules and Cells – one question 
 Heredity and Evolution – one question 
 Organisms and Populations – two questions 

Any one of these four questions may require you to analyze or interpret data or information from their laboratory experience as well as classroom lectures. This section of the exam is 90 minutes long, and counts for 40% of the final grade.  

A 10-minute reading period is included on the exam. 

You may find the AP Biology Exam considerably more difficult than many classroom exams. In order to measure the full range of your ability in biology, the AP Exams are designed to produce average scores of approximately 50% of the maximum possible score for the multiple-choice and essay sections. Therefore, you should not expect to attain a perfect or even near-perfect score. 

How to Use This Book and TestWare® 
To begin your studies, read over the introduction and the suggestions for test-taking. Take Practice Test I on CD to determine your strengths and weaknesses, and then study the course review material, focusing on your specific problem areas. The course review includes the information you need to know when taking the exam. Make sure to follow up your diagnostic work by taking Practice Test II on CD to become familiar with the format and feel of the AP Biology Exam. 

To best utilize your study time, follow our Independent Study Schedule, which you will find in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a six-week program, but if necessary can be condensed to three weeks by combining each two-week program into one week.  

When should I start studying? 
It is never too early to start studying for the AP Biology Examination. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with it.  

SSD accommodations for students with disabilities  
Many students qualify for extra time to take the AP Subject Tests, and our TestWare® can be adapted to accommodate your time ­extension. This allows you to practice under the same extended time accom­modations that you will receive on the actual test day. To customize your TestWare® to suit the most common extensions, visit our website at www.rea.com/ssd.  

Content of the AP Biology Exam  
The AP Biology course covers the material one would find in a college-level general biology class. The exam stresses basic facts and principles, as well as general theoretical approaches used by biologists. The approximate breakdown of topics is as follows: 

25% Molecular and Cellular Biology 
 • Chemistry of life
 • Cells
 • Cellular energy

25% Heredity and Evolution 
 • Heredity 
 • Molecular genetics 
 • Evolutionary biology 

50% Organisms and Populations  
 • Diversity of organisms 
 • Structure and function of plants and animals 
 • Ecology 

About Our Review  
This book contains an AP Biology Course Review that can be used as both a primer and as a quick reference while taking the practice exams. Our 120-page review is meant to complement your AP Biology textbook and is by no means exhaustive. By studying our review along with your text, you will be well prepared for the exam. 


Table of Contents

About Our Biology Review Author and Editor  
Independent Study Schedule 
Chapter 1 
 About This Book and TestWare® 
 About the Exam 
 How to Use This Book and TestWare® 
 Content of the AP Biology Examination 
 About Our Review Section 
 Scoring the AP Biology Examination 
 Studying for the AP Biology Examination 
 Test-Taking Tips 
 The Day of the Exam 
 Contacting the AP Program 

Chapter 2 
 Chemical Composition of Living Things 
 Matter — Atoms, Elements, Molecules 
 Properties of Water 
 Chemical Structure of Organic Compounds 

Chapter 3 
The Structure and Function of Cells   
Cell Organelles of Plants and Animals 
Properties of Cell Membranes 
 Energy Transformations 
 Chemical Nature of the Gene 
 DNA Replication  
 Cell Division 
 The Cell Cycle 

Chapter 4 
Plant Anatomy 
 Plant Physiology 
 Water and Mineral Absorption Transport 
 Food Translocation and Storage 
 Plant Reproduction and Development 
 Asexual Plant Reproduction 
 Plant Growth and Development 

Chapter 5 
Animal Anatomy 
 Homeostatic Mechanisms 
 Animal Reproduction and Development 

Chapter 6  
 Modern Genetics 
 The Law of Segregation 
 The Law of Dominance 
 The Law of Independent Assortment 
 Incomplete Dominance 
 Multiple Alleles 
 Polygenic Inheritance 

Chapter 7 
Ecological Cycles 
Energy Cycle (Food Chain) 
Water Cycle 
Nitrogen Cycle 
Carbon Cycle 
Phosphorous Cycle 
 Population Growth and Regulation 
Limiting Factors 
Community Structure 
 Island Biogeography 
 Principles of Behavior 
 Social Behavior 
 Social Biology 
 Human Population Growth 

Chapter 8 
 History of Evolutionary Concepts 
Darwinian Concept of Natural Selection 
Modern Concept of Natural Selection 
Mechanisms of Evolution 
 Plant and Animal Evolution 
Evolution of the First Cells 
Plant Evolution 
Animal Evolution 
Human Evolution 
Evolutionary Ecology 
Classification of Living Organisms 

AP Biology TEST I 
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

AP Biology TEST II   
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

AP Biology TEST III   
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

AP Biology TEST IV  
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

AP Biology TEST V  
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

AP Biology TEST VI  
 Answer Key 
 Detailed Explanations of Answers 

AP BIOLOGY Lab Reviews 
Installing REA’s TestWare®  

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