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Princeton Review AP Biology Premium Prep, 2022: 6 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Strategies & Techniques



Princeton Review AP Biology Premium Prep, 2022: 6 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Strategies & Techniques PDF

Author: The Princeton Review

Publisher: Princeton Review

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Publish Date: August 3, 2021

ISBN-10: 0525570543

Pages: 448

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Your route to a high score on the AP Biology Exam depends a lot on how you plan to use this book. To help you determine your approach, respond to the following questions.

  1. Rate your level of confidence about your knowledge of the content tested by the AP Biology Exam.

    1. Very confident—I know it all

    2. I’m pretty confident, but there are topics for which I could use help

    3. Not confident—I need quite a bit of support

    4. I’m not sure

  2. If you have a goal score in mind, choose your goal score for the AP Biology Exam.

    5   4   3   2   1   I’m not sure yet

  3. What do you expect to learn from this book? Choose all that apply to you.

    1. A general overview of the test and what to expect

    2. Strategies for how to approach the test

    3. The content tested by this exam

    4. I’m not sure yet

YOUR GUIDE TO USING THIS BOOK

AP Biology Premium Prep, 2022 Edition is organized to provide as much—or as little—support as you need, so you can use this book in whatever way will be most helpful to improving your score on the AP Biology Exam.

  • The remainder of Part I will provide guidance on how to use this book and help you determine your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Part II of this book contains Practice Test 1 along with the answers and explanations. ( Bubble sheets for the tests in this book are available online.) We recommend that you take this test before going any further in order to realistically determine:

    • your starting point right now

    • which question types you’re ready for and which you might need to practice

    • which content topics you are familiar with and which you will want to carefully review

    Room to Write

    On the actual test, you will be given space along with the bubble sheet to record your answers for each free-response question. You should use scrap paper for the free-responses on these practice tests (diagrams that need to be completed have been included in the book). After you’ve gotten a hang of the timing, be aware of how much space each response is taking up, in case you need to write in smaller print or use fewer words on the test.

    Once you have nailed down your strengths and weaknesses with regard to this exam, you can focus your test preparation, build a study plan, and use your time efficiently.

    The content in this book accurately describes what the College Board has planned for its May 2022 exam, but in the event there are any late-breaking changes, please register your book online (it’s free!) to see if there are any updates.

  • Part III of this book will:

    • provide information about the structure, scoring, and content of the AP Biology Exam

    • help you to make a study plan

    • point you toward additional resources

  • Part IV of this book will explore:

    • how to attack multiple-choice questions

    • how to write high-scoring free-response answers

    • how to manage your time to maximize the number of points available to you

  • Part V of this book covers the content you need for your exam.

  • Part VI of this book contains Practice Tests 2, 3, and 4, and their answers and explanations. Compare your progress between these tests and with Practice Test 1. If you answer a certain type of question wrong several times, you probably need to review it. If you answer it wrong only once, you may have run out of time or been distracted. In either case, comparing your progress will allow you to focus on the factors that caused the discrepancy in scores and to be as prepared as possible on the day of the test.

You may choose to prioritize some parts of this book over others, or you may work through the entire book. Your approach will depend on your needs and how much time you have. Let’s now examine how to make this determination.

Go online to access two additional AP Biology practice exams, A and B.

HOW TO BEGIN

1. Take Practice Test 1

Before you can decide how to use this book, you need to take a practice test. Doing so will give you insight into your strengths and weaknesses, and the test will also help you make an effective study plan. If you’re feeling test-phobic, remind yourself that a practice test is just a tool for diagnosing yourself—it’s not how well you do that matters. As long as you try your best, you can glean invaluable information from your performance to guide your preparation.

So, before you read further, take Practice Test 1 starting on this page of this book. Be sure to finish in one sitting, following the instructions that appear before the test.

2. Check Your Answers

Using the answer key on this page, count the number of multiple-choice questions you answered correctly and the number you missed. Don’t worry about the explanations for now and don’t worry about why you missed questions. We’ll get to that soon.

3. Reflect on the Test

After you take your first test, respond to the following questions:

  • How much time did you spend on the multiple-choice questions?

  • How much time did you spend on each free-response question?

  • How many multiple-choice questions did you miss?

  • Do you feel you had the knowledge to address the subject matter of the free-response questions?

  • Do you feel you wrote well-organized, thoughtful responses to the free-response questions?

4. Read Part III of this Book and Complete the Self-Evaluation

As discussed in the Guide section above, Part III will provide information on how the test is structured and scored. It will also set out areas of content that are tested.

As you read Part III, re-evaluate your answers to the questions above. At the end of Part III, you will revisit and refine those questions. You will then be able to make a study plan, based on your needs and time available, that will allow you to use this book most effectively.

5. Engage with Parts IV and V as Needed

Notice the word engage. You’ll get more out of this book if you use it intentionally than if you read it passively, hoping for an improved score through osmosis.

The strategy chapters in Part IV will help you think about your approach to the question types on this exam. Part IV will open with a reminder to think about how you approach questions now and then close with a reflection section asking you to think about how or whether you will change your approach in the future.

The content chapters in Part V are designed to provide a review of the content tested on the AP Biology Exam, including the level of detail you need to know and how the content is tested. You will have the opportunity to assess your mastery of the content of each chapter through test-appropriate questions.

I know we just said this on the previous page, but it’s worth repeating! The strategy, content, and practice test chapters in this edition are up-to-date with the most recent AP Biology redesigns (from 2020). If you register your book online, you’ll have free access to any further updates.

6. Take Another Test and Assess Your Performance

Once you feel you have developed the strategies you need and gained the knowledge you lacked, you should take Practice Test 2, which starts on this page of this book. You should finish in one sitting, following the instructions at the beginning of the test.

When you are done, check your answers to the multiple-choice sections. See if a teacher will read your essays and provide feedback.

Once you have taken the test, reflect on what areas you still need to work on and revisit the chapters in this book that address those deficiencies. Once you feel confident, take Practice Test 3, and repeat the process. Take Practice Test 4, and repeat the process again. Through this type of reflection and engagement, you will continue to improve.

7. Keep Working

After you have revisited certain chapters in this book, continue the process of testing, reflection, and engaging with the content in this book and online. Consider what additional work you need to do and how you will change your strategic approach to different parts of the test.

As we will discuss in Part III, there are other resources available to you, including a wealth of information at AP Students, the official site of the AP Exams. You can continue to explore areas that can stand improvement and engage in those areas right up to the day of the test.

Contents

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Part I: Using This Book to Improve Your AP Score

Preview: Your Knowledge, Your Expectations

Your Guide to Using This Book

How to Begin

Part II: Practice Test 1

Practice Test 1

Practice Test 1: Answers and Explanations

Part III: About the AP Biology Exam

The Structure of the AP Biology Exam

How the AP Biology Exam Is Scored

Overview of Content Topics

Breakdown of Free Response Questions

How AP Exams Are Used

Other Resources

Designing Your Study Plan

Part IV: Test-Taking Strategies for the AP Biology Exam

Preview

1 How to Approach Multiple-Choice Questions

2 How to Approach Free-Response Questions

3 Using Time Effectively to Maximize Points

Part V: Content Review for the AP Biology Exam

4 Chemistry of Life

Elements

Subatomic Particles

Compounds

Water: The Versatile Molecule

Acids and Bases

Organic Molecules

Key Terms

Chapter 4 Drill

5 Cell Structure and Function

Living Things

Types of Cells and Organelles

Key Terms

Chapter 5 Drill

6 Cellular Energetics

Bioenergetics

Enzymes

Reaction Coupling and ATP

Photosynthesis

The Light Reactions

Cellular Respiration

Key Terms

Chapter 6 Drill

7 Cell Communication and Cell Cycle

Cell Communication

Cell Division

The Cell Cycle

Interphase: The Growing Phase

Mitosis: The Dance of the Chromosomes

Key Terms

Chapter 7 Drill

8 Heredity

Haploids Versus Diploids

Gregor Mendel: The Father of Genetics

Mendelian Genetics

Sex-Linked Traits

Environmental Effect on Traits

An Overview of Meiosis

Key Terms

Chapter 8 Drill

9 Gene Expression and Regulation

DNA: The Blueprint of Life

The Molecular Structure of DNA

Genome Structure

DNA Replication

RNA

Mutations

Biotechnology

Key Terms

Chapter 9 Drill

10 Natural Selection

Natural Selection

Common Ancestry

Genetic Variability

Causes of Evolution

Species

Population Genetics

Origins of the Earth

Key Terms

Chapter 10 Drill

11 Ecology

Interacting with the Environment

Behavior

How Animals Communicate

Plant Behavior

Ecology

Population Ecology

Ecological Succession

Human Impact on the Environment

Key Terms

Chapter 11 Drill

12 Quantitative Skills and Biostatistics

Summarizing and Presenting Data

Types of Data

Types of Experiments or Questions

Probability

Hypothesis Testing

Key Terms

Chapter 12 Drill

13 Sample Free-Response Questions

Section II: Free-Response

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Essays

How to Use the Sample Free-Response Questions

14 Laboratory

Lab 1: Artificial Selection

Lab 2: Mathematical Modeling: Hardy-Weinberg

Lab 3: Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST

Lab 4: Diffusion and Osmosis

Lab 5: Photosynthesis

Lab 6: Cellular Respiration

Lab 7: Mitosis and Meiosis

Lab 8: Biotechnology: Bacterial Transformation

Lab 9: Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA

Lab 10: Energy Dynamics

Lab 11: Transpiration

Lab 12: Fruit Fly Behavior

Lab 13: Enzyme Activity

15 Chapter Drill Answers and Explanations

AP Biology Equations and Formulas

Part VI: Additional Practice Tests

Practice Test 2

Practice Test 2: Answers and Explanations

Practice Test 3

Practice Test 3: Answers and Explanations

Practice Test 4

Practice Test 4: Answers and Explanations


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