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Chapter 5: Introduction: The Five-Step Program
The rest will fall into place if you focus on the beginning.
You will begin your journey to the AP Biology exam when you purchase this book.
We will be by your side every step of the way.
The book has something unique to offer.
We have spoken with many AP Biology teachers and have learned a lot.
Students described what they wanted from a test-prep book, and teachers helped us understand which topics were most important for class.
The contents of the book reflect genuine student concerns.
The book is geared towards students.
We did not try to impress you with arrogant language, misleading you with inaccurate information, or lull you into a false sense of confidence.
Information is included in other review books, but we did not put it into this book.
There is only so much an individual can learn for an exam.
We know how much work these tests can be.
A realistic approach to studying for the AP exam can be found in this book.
Heavy technical detail is not included in this book.
This text can be used as a guide to accompany you on your AP Biology journey.
The book has many purposes.
There are five steps to mastering the AP Biology exam.
We know that you want to learn about the exam.
The five-step plan is introduced.
In general, we give an overview of the exam.
We follow that up with three different approaches to exam preparation and then give some tips and suggestions for how to approach the various sections of the exam.
The Diagnostic Exam can give you an idea of where you stand.
You should spend 45 minutes on this practice exam.
AP Biology has a lot of material.
The fourth step of the book provides a comprehensive review of the major sections you may or may not have covered in the classroom.
Not every AP Biology class will get through the same amount of material.
The book will help you understand the course work better.
There is a practice exam section in this book.
This is where you will be tested.
The multiple-choice questions are used to practice for the AP exam.
They are not exact questions taken directly from previous exams.
They are designed to focus on the key topics that appear on the exam.
Do not think to yourself "OK" when you answer a question in the book.
You should think to yourself, "OK, the authors thought that was important, so I should remember this fact."
The techniques and terms required by the AP exam are covered in the essay questions.
You can check the explanations of the multiple-choice questions and the guidelines for the essays after taking the exam.
The end of the book is important.
A list of websites related to the AP Biology exam and a glossary of key terms are included in the book.
The five-step program is designed to give you the skills and strategies you need to pass the exam and the practice that can help you get a perfect score.
The Diagnostic Exam will give you an idea of what you need to know in order to pass the exam.
Strategy advice for the AP Biology exam is given in step 3.
You will learn about the multiple-choice questions and the free-response questions on exam day.
The fourth step is a big one.
The review of the topics on the AP exam is comprehensive.
You've probably been in an AP Bio class all year, and you've probably spent hours reading through the AP Biology textbooks.
There are two more practice tests in this book.
You can find more practice tests online if you purchased the cross- platform version of the book.
One of the best ways to improve is to take as many practice tests as you can.
If you want to learn from your mistakes, sit down and take the tests fully timed.
Several icons are used throughout the book to emphasize skills and strategies.
You should pay particular attention to the accompanying text if you see an icon in the margin.
The icon points out a very important fact.
If you want to try a problem-solving strategy, this icon is for you.
The tip that you might find useful is indicated by this icon.
The Glossary at the end of the book has boldfaced words.
The answer to the sample problem is indicated by boldface.
There are marginal notes, boxes, and starred areas throughout the book.
If you pay close attention to the areas, you can get tips, hints, strategies, and further explanations to help you reach your full potential.
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