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Biology (Cliffs AP) 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5555046535
ISBN-10: 0764586823
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The inside tips and tricks you need to score big When it comes to pinpointing the stuff you really need to know, nobody does it better than CliffsNotes. This fast, efficient test-prep guide delivers a complete program to help boost your score on the Advanced Placement Biology exam.
  • Expert test-taking strategies
  • Focused reviews and exercises
  • Realistic full-length practice exams
  • Comprehensive exam overview
  • Action plan for effective preparation
  • Accurate self-assessment tests
With a thorough review of key concepts and terms plus detailed answer explanations, this comprehensive guide is all you need to do your best — and obtain the college credits you deserve. Visit the Test Prep ThinkTank @ Free test samples and schedules Free test-taking tips and tricks Free info on other test resources Free CliffsNote-A-Day tips Plus hundreds of downloadable Cliffs titles Get the credit you deserve with CliffsAP CliffsAP guides are available for most Advanced Placement exams. See inside for a complete listing of these and other titles from the experts at CliffsNotes.

About the Author

Phillip E. Pack has taught AP Biology and gifted programs for eleven years. He is currently an assistant professor of math and science at Woodbury University in Burbank, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.; 2 edition (February 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764586823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764586828
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phillip E. Pack, Ph.D., has taught AP Biology and gifted programs for more than fifteen years. He is an Assistant Professor of Math and Science at Woodbury University in Burbank, California.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
For students taking AP biology, I highly recommend Cliff's AP Biology prep book. The book covers the most important aspects of biology that students are responsible for knowing on the AP exam. It also serves as a useful supplement to their textbook as it explains difficult material clearly. The diagrams included in the book are easy to understand and help students with important concepts such as metabolism. Because it it often difficult to cover the entire AP curriculum, I was pleased to that Cliff's had included an additional chapter on labs. Each chapter includes multiple choice and free response questions which are important for practice. A full length practice test can be found at the end of the book. It is a good idea to take this test but be sure you take it timed. The questions in this book more closely match the types of questions that students are likely to see on the AP test as compared to other biology prep books. This is important because it gives students a reasonable idea of how they might score on the actual test. In addition to Cliff's, I also have REA and Princeton's Review. As an AP biology teacher, I find those useful as a source of questions, however, I would suggest that students first purchase Cliff's and if they can purchase only one prep book, Cliff's is the one to buy. The book will not magically get you a 5 on the exam; you will have to study. I do not recommend substituting this book for your textbook; instead use it as a supplement. For students who are motivated to do well in AP biology, there is no doubt that Cliff's is an excellent resource.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2002
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This book is both a wonderful resource for the AP Biology exam AND as a class supplement to both High School and Introductory College Biology classes! As a senior in high school I found this book while hunting for AP Bio Test Prep Supplies and bought it right away! It had everything I wanted:
-Easy to understand overviews of test subjects
-Practice tests
-AP Bio Experiment outlines and results
-Essay questions
-Tips for taking exams
and more!
Using it as a study supplement I was able to get a 5 on my AP Biology exam, and, surprisingly, an A on my Biology final exam as well! I liked it so much that I brought it with me to college and used it to study for all of my Introductory Biology classes as well!
As a Biology Major I have found this book to be an invaluable tool. I've gotten so much use out of this one book and feel that I have definitely more than gotten my money's worth. I would recommend it highly as not only an AP Test Prep book, but to anyone who wants to get a clearer understanding of General Biology at either the High School or College level.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on August 18, 2002
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This is by far the best AP Biology study guide I have ever seen. Barron's goes into WAY too much detail to be much use as a reviewing tool, the Princeton Review gives just a glance over the basics and leaves out important detail. Cliff's goes over EXACTLY what is on the College Board's topic outline. It does and excellent job of modeling questions and lab topics that are like those on the AP test. Year after year, students tell me that this book was their salvation. Because of that I am making this book a requirement for my class. This book gives plenty of emphasis on the lab requirement and reviews every lab that is in the "Acorn" book from the College Board. If you are a first year AP teacher, use this book to determine what to teach and how to structure your curriculum and you will leave nothing out and you won't waste any time teaching something that won't be tested on the exam. In fact, teach in the order of the book, structure you lectures around it. The students' scores will amaze you!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on August 9, 2002
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With the help of this amazing book, I got a 5 on the AP Biology test- no problem at all. This book was a lifesaver. The textbook we used for the class was horrible (Keeton and Gould's Biological Science), I read like one chapter the whole year. I stuck to my awesome teacher's lectures/notes (I love you Mr. Van Loo!) and this book. It provides such a great review of everything you need to know for the test and for your class. The mini-quizzes are a great help, and they come with explanations for every question. EVERYONE in my class had the Cliff's, and for good reason. Near AP cram time, all you would see is big, bright yellow books! The only other book people had was Princeton Review, and there were many complaints that it expects you to know everything already and that there were some MAJOR errors. I think almost EVERYONE in my class passed the AP test, most of them with 5's! I highly suggest getting the Cliff's over any others- you'll be on your way to that 4 or 5!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
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Cliff's AP Biology (2nd Edition) is comprehensive and informative--covering everything you will need for the AP test and for use throughout the year in your AP Biology class (it makes a great review before class tests!). I would highly recommend this book, as it helped me achieve a 5 on my AP Biology test this past year. The book includes:
~Detailed sections focusing on varying concepts with review questions after each section--very useful!
~Two complete practice tests at the end of the book to make sure you are thoroughly prepared for the AP test.
~Finally, the book covers the details regarding all 12 labs that may appear on the AP test.
During study sessions with my friends, who had Barron's, Princeton Review, or simply a text book to review from, we all agreed that Cliff's was a necessity; Barron's (6th Edition) was too detailed with obscure information, lacked "big picture concepts," and was ultimately frustrating with its typos and confusing diagrams. Princeton Review (2002-2003 Edition) lacked the information necessary for the AP test and missed important concepts.
In all, I highly recommend Cliff's AP Biology book for AP class tests and/or for the AP test.
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