Kaplan AP Biology 2005

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Kaplan AP Biology 2005 by Kaplan, Staff of Kaplan

Everything you need to score higher on the AP Biology exam — Guaranteed.

Kaplan's comprehensive guide includes:

· 2 full-length practice tests

· Detailed answer explanations

· New lab chapter covering all 12 recommended labs

· Focused review of all topics, from molecules and cells to organisms and populations

· Bonus power practice questions

· Glossary of important terms and concepts

· Powerful strategies to help you score higher

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743260527
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2004
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 8.36(w) x 10.76(h) x 1.29(d)

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Kaplan AP Biology 2005

By Kaplan Educational Centers


Copyright © 2005 Kaplan Educational Centers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 074326052X

Chapter 1: Inside the AP Biology Exam

· What is the AP Biology Exam?

· What's Covered on the AP Biology Exam?

· Question Types

· Scoring the AP Biology Exam

· Registering for the Exam

· Fees and Calendar

· Grade Reports

· For More Information

What is the AP Biology exam?


The AP Biology exam is a three-hour exam designed to test knowledge of a year of introductory, college-level biology. The first section of the exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, while the second section of the exam consists of four essay questions. The multiple-choice section is 80 minutes long; the essay section of the exam is 90 minutes long. There is a ten minute reading period between the sections.


The AP Biology exam covers three major areas:

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

The three major areas are further broken down into topics. The percentages are related to the number of questions on the AP exam. For example, about 10 percent of the multiple-choice questions willcover cells, or 10 out of 100 total questions.

I -- Molecules and Cells (25%)

Chemistry of life (7%)
Organic molecules in life
Free energy changes

Cells (10%)
Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells
Subcellular organization
Cell cycle and regulation

Cellular Energetics (8%)
Coupled reactions
Fermentation and cellular respiration

II -- Heredity and Evolution (25%)

Heredity (8%)

Meiosis and gametogenesis
Eukaryotic chromosomes
Inheritance patterns

Molecular Genetics (8%)
RNA and DNA structure and function
Gene regulation
Viral structure and replication
Nucleic acid technology and applications

Evolutionary Biology (8%)
Early evolution of life
Evidence for evolution
Mechanisms of evolution

III -- Organisms and Populations (50%)

Diversity of Organisms (8%)

Evolutionary patterns
Survey of the diversity of life
Phylogenetic classification
Evolutionary relationships

Structure and Function of Plants and Animals (32%)
Reproduction, growth, and development
Structural, physiological, and behavioral adaptation
Response to the environment

Ecology (10%)
Population dynamics
Communities and ecosystems
Global issues


Section I

This section consists of three types of multiple-choice questions which account for 60 percent of the grade. The first type is a straight- forward, multiple-choice question with five answer choices. Here is an example:

1. If the diploid number of a female organism is 48, then the number of chromosomes in each egg cell is
(A) 12
(B) 24
(C) 48
(D) 72
(E) 96

Answer: (B) If the diploid number of an organism is 48, then 2n = 48. The number of chromosomes in an egg cell would be half the diploid number, or 24.

The second type of multiple-choice question asks you to match statements to a diagram or a list of choices.

The third type of multiple-choice question asks you to interpret a set of data or experimental results.

Section II

The second section of the AP Biology exam consists of four essays. The essays will cover the three major areas as follows:

Molecules and Cells -- 1 question
Heredity and Evolution -- 1 question
Organisms and Populations -- 2 questions

This section accounts for 40 percent of the overall grade.


Contact your AP Coordinator to register for the exam. If you are a home-schooled student or attend a school that does not offer AP, you can still take the exams by arranging to test at a participating school. Call AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names and telephone numbers of local AP Coordinators; be sure to contact a Coordinator from a school willing to offer the test to outside students by March 15.


The fee for the exam is $82. If you are testing at a school that is not your own, the Coordinator may ask you to pay a different fee to recover the additional proctoring and administration costs. Fee reductions of $22 per exam are available from the College Board for students with financial need. In addition, schools forgo their $8 rebate for each fee-reduced exam, making the final fee for these students $52 per exam. In addition, more than 40 states offer exam subsidies to cover all or part of the cost. See the College Board website at collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/cal_fed.html for more information.

The AP Biology exam is given in May.


AP Grade Reports are sent in July to you, your high school, and the college you designated on your answer sheet. Each report is cumulative and includes grades for all the AP Exams you have ever taken, unless you have requested that one or more grades be withheld from a college or cancelled.


For more information on the AP program and the AP Biology exam, contact the College Board at their web site at collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_bio.html or at their national office at 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023-6992, telephone (212) 713-8000.

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I thought the book was to basic for the test but the book helped me score a 4. It covered alot of topics that were on the tested and some of the things that we didn't go over in class.