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How to Ace the AP Bio test

This is the time of the year where students need to get ready for the AP exam in May. I mean there is still time but a last minute review will never work.

I listed below some strategies that will help you get organized.

1- Organize your time: Find a total of 1 hour a day to read your notes, science articles and textbook. You should have Cornell notes for each chapter and an index card for each Big Idea. Use Venn diagrams or mind maps to connect big ideas or compare/contrast. For example similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis.

2- Know your roots. Knowing your roots like –cyto-, hydro-, lys-, just to name a few, may help you on your multiple-choice questions.

3- Invest in an AP bio test preparation book. Choose the latest edition (2012/2013).

4- Be scientifically informed. Read science news and current events. Check out my collection of science current events on for the latest science news ( I also recommend reading two science books at least. For example:

a. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack by Rebecca Skloot

b. The Double Helix: A personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson. This is my favorite science book.

5- Ask questions and understand your labs and material. Biology is not about how much you know but how you know it.

Have fun!




Imene H.

Biology/AP biology Certified Teacher

20+ hours
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