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CliffsNotes AP Biology, Fourth Edition (Cliffs Ap Biology) [Kindle Edition]

Phillip E Pack
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Book Description

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

The bestselling book just got better! CliffsNotes AP Biology gets you ready for test day with a review of the AP Biology exam format and scoring, proven strategies for answering multiple-choice questions, and hints for tackling the essay questions.

The practice tests include answers and explanations to help you pinpoint areas for further study, while reviews and exercises address all of the test topics you'll encounter on exam day. Plus, proven test-taking strategies for both the multiple choice and essay parts of the test help you score higher.

  • A new edition to the bestselling AP Biology test prep book on the market
  • Reflects recent changes made to the AP Biology test
  • AP Biology practice tests with complete answers and explanations
  • Proven strategies from the experts at CliffsNotes

If you're an AP bio student preparing to take the exam, CliffsNotes AP Biology is your ticket to scoring high at exam time.

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

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From the Back Cover

Up-to-date coverage of the AP Biology exam

Focused reviews of all subject areas with review questions

In-depth coverage of laboratory investigations

2 full-length practice exams

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

About the book:

An Overview of the AP Biology Exam

  • How you should use this book
  • Exam format and grading
  • Strategies for all three question types: multiple choice, grid-in, and free-response

Part I: Subject Area Reviews

  • Chemistry
  • Cell Division
  • Plants
  • Cells
  • Heredity
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Molecular Biology
  • Animal Reproduction and Development
  • Photosynthesis
  • Evolution
  • Animal Behavior
  • Cell Communication
  • Biological Diversity
  • Ecology

Part II: Laboratory Review

  • Focused review of all AP laboratory investigations

Part III: AP Biology Practice Exams

  • 2 full-length practice exams that simulate the actual exam
  • Answers and complete explanations

About the Author

PHILLIP E. PACK, Ph.D., taught AP Biology for eleven years and is the author of the best-selling AP Biology products on the market. He is currently Professor of Biology at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. He teaches courses in biology, human biology, botany, field botany, environmental studies, and evolution, and co-teaches various interdisciplinary courses, including energy and society (with architecture faculty) and natural history of California and nature writing (with English faculty).

Product Details

  • File Size: 5447 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; 4 edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGNR4Y4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not help! May 13, 2013
By Daniel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because I heard that reading Cliffs-notes is the best way to earn a 5. I loved it because I was able to comprehend and retain a large amount of information. It provides a detailed answer-key to all the questions it asks, so I gained a lot of knowledge from it. I thought I had a chance of getting an amazing score on my AP Exam, but I was so wrong!

The AP Biology exam doesn't ask you to define vocabulary or explain the processes your teacher emphasized on. It is the complete OPPOSITE of straight-forward. You have to observe diagrams, analyze complex situations, and find hypotheses to experiments you've never even heard of. You have to read long, boring paragraphs that contain a lot of "beating around the bush." It seemed as if this book only gave me background knowledge, because I wasn't able to answer more than 10 questions based off of what I learned from this book. It did, however, help me on the free response questions which was the easiest part of the exam.

In conclusion, this is an excellent book, but don't depend on it to earn a good grade on the exam, because it will not help you. Use it to understand topics you don't understand throughout the year. This book probably would've been a life-saver for people on the old exams, but now College Board has their "new & improved" crap, I hope I even pass the exam. Cliffsnotes needs to come up with a new edition if they REALLY want to prepare their customers for the newly designed test.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong edition for DAT Prep June 19, 2013
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The book is great and covers everything well, but it's not the edition you want to use if your studying the DAT. I made the mistake of buying this edition when I should have gotten the 3rd edition, which is why I feel it would be unfair to deduct more than one star.

Caveat emptor!
There are some major differences between the 3rd and 4th editions, because of a change in HS curriculums. That being said...
Here are some examples between the two editions:

Chapter 6 (Cell signaling pathways) in the 4th edition is not in the 3rd and not necessary for the DAT. The 4th edition is way too in depth for some materials and isn't necessary for the DAT (e.g. Chapter 9 Molecular Biology and a history of the experiments that lead to the discovery of DNA).

Most importantly, the 4th edition skips some of the subjects that were in the 3rd edition, subjects that will show up on the DAT.

TLDR: If you're preparing for the DAT, newer is not necessarily better. Stick to Cliff AP 3rd edition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By julia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ok, so I took the new AP Biology exam in May. I used this book to study from, did all the questions at the end of the chapters including the free response, and I have to say that although this book was extremely informative and helpful for my classroom tests, it was very unlike the test itself. The test was very conceptual, containing a lot of diagrams which required analysis and paragraphs that had to be read to answer follow-up questions. In essence, the review book just gave me some background knowledge for the test's somewhat abstract questions, and I really wasn't expecting that. The book itself though is really good at providing the reader with information, but not as successful at preparing you for the test's format. It's understandable though, since this was the first year that they changed the test, so definitely keep that in mind. Otherwise, if you want something else to study for the AP exam, I would recommend this book as a class study guide since it was so good at explaining topics for tests you might have.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but EXTREMELY bland May 8, 2013
By User
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This book IS indeed updated to reflect the 2013 test, but don't take this as too much of a good thing. The author is extremely talented and knowledgeable in this field, but without an actual released test to base this book, its contributions are essentially "best guesses" of how the exam will turn out (excluding format). It's still helpful, but what I think people should focus on when choosing a book is the content. The Cliffnotes 4th edition content is nearly exactly the SAME as the 3rd edition. I have both. You'll get the same information, which raises the question of whether or not this book adequately covers all the material.

Simple answer: Yes. It does. In fact, it probably has more content than all the other books. However, it is NOT reader-friendly. You'll go pages without any diagrams or pictures. No folks, I am NOT one of those people who learn best with pictures and note-cards and the such, but when you're talking about the endocrine system and the respiratory system, it's probably a good idea to have a diagram. Where there are diagrams, like for cellular respiration, it is so convoluted that you can't discern what it's trying to say. The pages are massive clutters of text - remember that 11 font Times New Roman with minimal margins paper that your teacher gave you that you were turned off by? This is it, except in hundreds of pages. The content is still great, don't get me wrong, but it is NOT presented in as clear a manner nor as visually appealing a manner as the Princeton Review's book, which I have also used and find its content to be not nearly as comprehensive. However, that book DOES successfully get you to understand every concept it covers no doubt. This book, you'll need the internet to supplement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product was as described. Shipment was quick.
Published 5 days ago by Cheryl W. Mangum
4.0 out of 5 stars I reviewed this study book several days before the AP ...
I reviewed this study book several days before the AP exam and got a 4! I literally read THE whole thing cover to cover, and it actually helped a lot.
Published 6 days ago by Nadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very use full!
Published 7 days ago by Giomar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good supplemental material
Excellent for easy to comprehend review for normal class tests as well as reviewing for the exam. This hits all the main points in understandable language and really does help. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not Help
I do NOT recommend this book to AP Biology students.
Some of the questions are answered incorrectly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by reemhashem
4.0 out of 5 stars New curriculum worthy?
First off, basically all the review books on the market for ap biology right now are in no way a representation of what is on the new exam. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BMC
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Very Detailed and easy to understand. Better than Barons in my opinion. Must buy, its very cheap for this price.
Published 2 months ago by Sadiq Sarwar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This book provides a simple, well organized way of conveying information to high school students taking AP Biology. The word choice and the syntax are easy to understand. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars This book pays off in the end!
While this book may be painful to read at times because of the length and depth of each chapter, the material is very detailed and clear and can be understood by anyone I'm sure if... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sally Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we needed!
My daughter needed this book because her teacher takes lessons right out of this book. We are pleased with this purchase and the seller!
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Knox
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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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