- Series: CliffsNotes AP
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Cliffs Notes; Third Edition edition (July 6, 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: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CliffsAP Biology, 3rd Edition (CliffsNotes AP) Third Edition Edition
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From the Back Cover
Your complete guide to a higher score on the *AP Biology exam
About the contents:
- 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.
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It's the most straightforward, clear, and concise biology review book I've read. To me, Kaplan and Princeton explanations have always seemed a bit fluffy, meandering and lacking in explanation. Barron's, sometimes a little too long-winded. I haven't found any factual errors in this yet (as I have with Kaplan and Princeton Review materials in the past). It has thoughtful practice questions at the end of each section (multiple choice and essay) that really prompt you to process the information.
Some sections do get a little dense and dry. The anatomy sections perhaps could use a few more pictures, but understandably, it is meant to be used for reviewing rather than learning material. The taxonomy/biological diversity chapter could definitely have used some sort of tree mapping the relationship between the different animal phyla (It's much easier to remember the characteristics of each phylum if you understand their relationship with one another).
Overall, great study guide though. I plan on keeping it on hand as a quick reference even after taking my exam.
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.
The amount of information is perfect--it's exactly what you need to know for the exam, nothing more, nothing less. It's written very concisely so you can skim and figure out what you know and what you don't know. Important words terms and concepts are bolded. The practice questions weren't radically easier or harder than the actual exam. And there are diagrams and tables abound, so you can pinpoint exactly what happens during photosynthesis or glycolysis or the differences between meiosis and mitosis.
On the other hand, you can't start from this book cold because you'll get bogged down by technical terms very quickly. That's why it's a perfect *review* book, and not a textbook stand-in or supplement like, say, Barron's. Three cheers for CliffsAP!
I recently took the Biology exam and this book has helped me learn material I was not taught in class, or review material I had forgotten. What I like about this book is that every section was not overcrowded with information. All the chapters were short (6-40 pages about) and to the point. All of the topics were explained perfectly that I was never confused about what I was reading. The book comes with useful sample questions at the end of each section so you can test yourself, and the questions and explanations are very helpful. I actually saw one question from the review book on my AP Exam, so you know their information is reliable.
The one thing I did not like about this book was the lack of figures, or graphics. I am a visual learner and I would have preferred more descriptive pictures, such as the ones in my actual AP BIO textbook, to better understand concepts. The figures they had were vague.
Anyway, they did a great job at enlightening me about plants, a subject I did not learn in class but was prevalent on the exam. Please choose this book for its benefits are enormous and you are guaranteed a 4 or a 5 if you read this book in depth.