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CliffsAP Biology, 3rd Edition (CliffsNotes AP) Paperback – July 23, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470097649 ISBN-10: 0470097647 Edition: Third Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: CliffsNotes AP
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; Third Edition edition (July 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470097647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470097649
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your complete guide to a higher score on the *AP Biology exam

About the contents:

Introduction

  • A review of the AP exam format and scoring
  • Proven strategies for answering multiple-choice questions

  • Hints for tackling the essay questions

  • A list of 14 specific must-know principles

Part I: Subject Area Reviews

  • Covers 14 subject areas
  • Includes sample questions and answers for each subject

Part II: Laboratory Review

  • A focused review of all 12 AP laboratory exercises

Part III: AP Biology Practice Tests

  • 2 full-length practice tests that simulate the actual test
  • Answers and complete explanations

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

About the Author

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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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.

Customer Reviews

Great book....highly recommended.
David Kabeer
I read the whole book the week before the AP test and got a 5.
Katie
It's to the point and covers all the topics very concisely.
The Biology Major

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Biology Major on June 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I used this book and Dr. Sanghera's AP Biology Flashcard Quicklet to prepare for the AP Biology exam. I love both of these books and here are my reviews:
This book is cool. It's to the point and covers all the topics very concisely. So, that saves you lot of time that you can use elsewhere. However, it gives you all the info that you need to pass the AP Biology exam. It's short and sweet: material is covered in a reader-friendly way; easy to follow, understand, and retain. I used this book in combination with the following book: the Flashcard Quicklet.

AP Biology Flashcard Quicklet: Flashcards in a Book for Biology StudentsFlash cards are cool tools to review your preparation for the exam. I like this style of flash cards though: flash cards in a book. Loose flash cards could be annoying; they are hard to keep together...flash cards in a book are cool..no lost cards...easy to keep them together..Besides, in this book, the flash cards are very much self contained; good and easy to follow answers and explanations....You can use this flash card book with any AP Biology book or without any book...it's not tied to a specific book...The coverage of topics is quite comprehensive and there is lots of space to make your own notes...I love it...
I would say these are the only two books you need to pass the exam.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Li on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I took the AP test last year and I recieved a 5
Honestly, I am the worse biology student out there.. I tried to learn the material but I am just not "biology-oriented" I can't do it.. I can learn math, chemitry just fine..just not biology...
So... I totally failed the class... I can't remember jack.. and I couldn't learn jack...
I borrowed this book from my friend and i spent about... 40 hours on it
I can't give a time in days.. because i might have spent random 10 min or 2 in random place...
actually I don't think I even spent 40 hours... maybe even less..

I just know I stayed up all night the night before the test studying and.. just cramming.. because that was all I could have done.. I really didn't know biology... and I am not exagerating at all...

So the next day when I took the test it was a breeze.... I was soooo surprised the topics in the book are EXACTLY the same topics tested.. it was unbelivable...
on the tests I took in the AP Biology class (regular one in school)... I usually get around 10-20 percent on the tests...
I was completely unbelievable.. during the actual ap test... I flew throught it... I only skipped about 5 questions.. and those of which I had sufficient time to go back and fill in... on the written portion.. I knew the answers to every single one...
I know.. this sounds like I'm making everything up.. but I'm not...
I honestly failed every single biology test I took, except 2... and I took about 50 all together
During the school year I had pretty much given up....
Then.. who would've known.. I crammed all the information from the book (according to the test break down in the book) in two days.. and I ended up with a 5
It's not just me who can't believe this... neither could my teacher.... yeah..lol....
Some of my friends who maintained a 80-90 percent test avergae in the class had a 4 on the test... I'm not sure what book they used to prep.. but.. heh.. wow.....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Willard on July 31, 2010
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Great summary for Biology. I'm an accountant going back for dental. This book was a great summary of biology topics. It has plenty of practice tests with good examples. If you can do everything in this book, you probably don't need college biology 1&2.

I try to save money w/ test prep by studying free off of websites and out of my old book. This is the best, most succinct resource I've found for preparation for a test (I'm sure also great for MCAT, AP, CLEP, etc). One regret: not getting AP Org Chem (didn't have as many reviews, but in hindsight I would have bought it).

Also check out Cliffs AP Chemistry...just as good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Kabeer on May 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great Resource. All you need is this book with Paul Sanghera's AP Biology Flashcard Quicklet, and you will be in very good shape to pass the AP Biology exam. This book is a no-nonsense, to-the-point guide to prepare for the exam, and Paul Sanghera's Biology Flashcard Quicklet is a great tool to quickly review your preparation. I have found that these two books together is a blast. Although the AP Biology Flashcard Quicklet is very self-contained and can be used with any Guide or without any Guide, but I will recommend, first read this book then use Sanghera's book.
Great book....highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Brender on January 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently received Cliff's Notes for AP Biology and have been invited to review it. It may be more useful to take one sample AP test cold to diagnose one's rusty areas, rather than go through a complete textbook, such as Campbell's Biology, 7th (AP) Edition. One can then do many of the exercises in the review book, then read Campbell, especially for broad areas like evolution and ecology.

For a review book, it is fairly complete, but lacking in illustrations for information that is best explained in pictures. For instance, the picture of the muscle sarcomere on p. 197 is lacking in detail. Compare it with Robert Griffin's Biology Coloring Book, text-and-plate 40. The questions have the level of difficulty of an AP exam, all to the good, but some questions show an occasional lack of clarity.

Here is one example of a poorly-vetted question. One option for a multiple choice question leads one to choose an answer stating that plasma cells initiate an attack against a specific antigen. But what about B-cells, their precursors? Although this was not an option, it seems to me lacking: Antigen-presenting cells, like macrophages, initiate an attack against a specific antigen by stimulating the T-helper cells, which stimulate the production of B-cells which in turn mature into antibody-secreting plasma cells. This is stated in the text on p. 200, but is apparently contradicted in the multiple choice quiz on p. 204.
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