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Barron's AP Biology with CD-ROM, 4th Edition (Barron's Ap Biology (Book & CD-Rom)) 4th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
There is quite a large amount of information in this book--likely much more than students need to know for the test. But the book itself admits this fact, suggesting that covering topics in more depth than is needed for the AP test is will allow students to be fully prepared to discuss the "illustrative examples" that are stressed in the curriculum framework. A few things are taught that the curriculum framework specifically says are beyond the scope of the AP test, but I found that those topics are tied to others that students do need to know, so I'm not too bothered by the fact.
I will spend much more time with this book in the coming months and will update this review if my opinion changes, but for now, I think this book is quite good, even though some may be unhappy that it's not more concise and limited more strictly to the curriculum framework.
After having spent a bit more time with this book, I'm still satisfied with it, but I have to say that it's definitely not perfect. There are some topics covered that are good to know, but just aren't going to help students on the AP test. For example, the book claims that the most commonly asked questions on the AP test about animal behavior relate to imprinting, fixed-action patterns, sign stimulus, and releasers. It covers each topic in detail, even discussing the people who researched the type of behavior and when.Read more ›
Sample questions - both for multiple choice and essays - seem to reflect the new test format. This proves useful for knowing what to expect. Also,advice given concerning taking the test is useful for those new to taking AP tests.
The major flaw with this book is the review of material, simply due to the fact that it is too in depth. Students might find it difficult or impossible to take in all the information provided in this book, especially if they're lacking in time. I found myself simply skimming it trying to get in key information needed for the exam. If students need something quick or something not terribly time consuming to study, this is most likely *not* the best choice. Furthermore, it seems as if some information given is not even covered on the exam.
Before using this book, a student should have a good grasp of what material should be known for the new test format. This way they can get an idea of what they need to learn from the book and what they can simply use as supplemental information for the exam. Nonetheless, with proper expectations and enough time, a student could easily use this book to achieve a passing score on the exam - even a 5 - I think.
Before buying this book, see what else is available. There may eventually be a better suited review book for AP biology. As of early 2013, this seems the best available. It covers the material , although perhaps too much and gives honest tips on what to expect, and I suppose that is what is vital.
The amount of extra material not emphasized in the curriculum frameworks is disappointing. The beginning of many chapters has a note about what type of material in that chapter is not necessary and the introduction states that this information is added in case a student's teacher does happen to cover it, but to me it seems like a tag-on from old versions for the sake of meeting a page limit. The questions at the end of each chapter are simplistic recall/knowledge questions, but the text makes note of this and the practice exams do step it up to the level of the new AP test.
In short, this is the the closest I have seen to the book most of us have been waiting for. There may be something better coming down the line, but this is what I will recommend to all my students for this year's exam.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are studying for an admissions test and need a first year biology refresher than this book is it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrewslogs
Got a 4 on my exam, the tests were useful, but it was a bummer that the CD rom had the same questions in the book but just reordered...Published 8 months ago by Jake
This is a great supplement if you are taking AP Bio. It had all the new changes to the AP Test. I find that Barron's is the only book that includes every last detail you need for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Claudia A.
I read this book cover to cover and studied a lot, but it did not encompass all of the topics covered on the actual AP test, especially in the free-response section.Published 11 months ago by Annie
Too much for some, perfect for others. Not good for crash studyingPublished 12 months ago by Courti101