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AP Biology Prep Plus 2020 & 2021: 3 Practice Tests + Study Plans + Review + Online

AP Biology Prep Plus 2020 & 2021: 3 Practice Tests + Study Plans + Review + Online PDF

Author: Kaplan Test Prep

Publisher: Kaplan Publishing


Publish Date: March 3, 2020

ISBN-10: 150624808X

Pages: 648

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

What You Need to Know About the AP Biology Exam

Congratulations—you have chosen Kaplan to help you get a top score on your AP Biology exam. Kaplan understands your goals and what you’re up against: conquering a tough exam while participating in everything else that high school has to offer.

You expect realistic practice, authoritative advice, and accurate, up-to-the-minute information on the exam. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in this book.

About This Book

In preparing for the AP exam, you certainly will have built a solid foundation of knowledge about the biological basis of life. While this knowledge is critical to your learning, keep in mind that just being able to recall isolated structures, processes, and facts does not ensure success on the exam. Biology is about big ideas: how evolution drives diversity, how organisms use energy to grow and reproduce, how information processes are vital to life, and how biological systems cooperate and compete within an ecosystem. The College Board (the maker of the AP exam) asks you to apply the knowledge you’ve learned at a higher level in order to show evidence of college-level abilities.

That’s where this book comes in. This guide offers much more than a review of basic content. We’ll show you how to put your knowledge to brilliant use on the AP exam through structured practice and efficient review of the areas you need to work on most. We’ll explain the ins and outs of the exam structure and question formats so you won’t experience any surprises. We’ll even give you test-taking strategies that successful students use to earn high scores.

Are you ready for your adventure in the study and mastery of everything AP Biology? Good luck!

How to Get the Score You Need

How to Get the Most out of This Book

Kaplan’s AP Biology Prep Plus contains precisely what you’ll need to get the score you want in the time you have to study. The unique format of this book allows you to customize your prep experience to make the most of your time.

Start by going to to register your book and get a glimpse of the additional online resources available to you.

Book Features

Specific Strategies

This chapter features both general test-taking strategies and strategies tailored specifically to the AP Biology exam. You’ll learn about the types of questions you’ll see on the official exam and how to best approach them to achieve a top score. In addition, chapter 20 of this book is devoted exclusively to free-response question strategy and sample questions.

Customizable Study Plans

We recognize that every student is a unique individual, and there is no single recipe for success that works for everyone. To give you the best chance to succeed, we have developed three customizable study plans. Each offers guidance on how to make the most of your available study time. With the instructions offered in the following section of this chapter, you’ll be able to select and customize the study plan that is right for you, maximizing your chances of earning the score you need.

A Review of ALL the Relevant Subjects Based on Specific Test-like Questions

The 17 content chapters of this book (chapters 3 through 19) are designed to cover every concept tested on the AP Biology exam. However, unlike the textbook used in your class, this book focuses exclusively on the material you are required to know and examples you can use in free-response questions. Each content chapter includes a series of Learning Objectives that identify key takeaways on each topic and help to organize the chapter. Throughout the text, important terms are highlighted in bold; these terms are compiled in the Glossary, which you can find online. The most commonly tested topics, ones that appear on virtually every AP Biology exam, are demarcated with High Yield icons to help you recognize when information is absolutely essential to know.

Pre- and Post-Chapter Quizzes

Each chapter begins and ends with a mini-quiz—one to test what you already know about the given topic (“Test What You Already Know”) and one to test what you learned by working through the chapter (“Test What You Learned”). You can use the results of these quizzes to guide your studying and chart your progress in mastering the Learning Objectives.

AP Biology Lab Investigations

Several of the content chapters feature sections that begin with “AP Biology Lab” followed by a number and a title. These sections review information that is relevant to the 13 official laboratory investigations that the College Board recommends for students in all AP Biology classes. Whether or not you completed these labs as part of your course, you’ll find the information in these sections helpful; they’re full of high-yield content applicable to multiple-choice and free-response questions.

Full-Length Practice Exams

In addition to all of the exam-like practice questions featured in the chapter quizzes, we have provided three full-length practice exams. These full-length exams mimic the multiple-choice and free-response questions on the real AP exam. Taking a practice full-length exam gives you an idea of what it’s like to answer exam-like questions for about three hours. Granted, that’s not exactly a fun experience, but it is a helpful one. And the best part is that it doesn’t count; mistakes you make on our practice exams are mistakes you won’t make on your real exam.

After taking each practice exam, you’ll score your multiple-choice and free-response sections using the answers and explanations. Then, you’ll navigate to the scoring section in your online resources and input your raw scores to see what your overall score would be with a similar performance on the official exam.

Online Quizzes

While this book contains hundreds of exam-like multiple-choice questions, you may still find yourself wanting additional practice on particular topics. That’s what the online quizzes are for! Your online resources contain additional quizzes for each content chapter. Go

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