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AP Biology Review for 2012-2013

kaboorgukaboorgu Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited August 2012 in AP Tests Preparation
For the new 2012-2013 school year, the college board has revised both the AP Biology curriculum and the AP test as well.
I have a few questions on which review books to purchase and when I should do so

- I've read in previous threads that the cliffsnotes version is the best for AP Biology, but the latest edition is from 2009. Should I get the cliffsnotes anyways? How helpful was it?

- The review books for the 2013 test won't be coming out until January-ish -- except PR which is available in September 2012 -- but I also heard the PR AP Bio book is useless.
Should I get the PR book anyways because it is the only review book available (or that's what i heard) for the new 2013 test, even though I also heard it wasn't as helpful..? OR would it be better to wait until January/February for the other review books to come out...exactly how necessary are these review books throughout the school year?

- Are there any books you would recommend for the AP Biology test that are made for the 2013 test?

THANK YOU GUYS. those were a lot of questions...
Post edited by kaboorgu on

Replies to: AP Biology Review for 2012-2013

  • 2014nhs2014nhs Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    are you taking an AP Biology course?
    I took the class, and I did not buy a review or prep book, and I still got a 5. I went through all of the earlier chapters of my text book (about 3/4th of the book) and just made flash cards of things I didn't immediately remember. It really helped. I started this 3-4 weeks prior to the exam and it really helped. The strategy also helped for the SAT II Biology test. I took Bio E and did well.
    If you are taking the class I don't think a book is necessary.
  • iheartmath26iheartmath26 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Well Hey! I am not sure about the whole "revised curriculum and test" thing, but as a student who took the test in the past may, I would def. recommend the cliffnotes! It helped to review before the tests and to kind of sum up everything learned on each chapter. Also, a great tool to study is watching the bozemanbiology videos in youtube! They are AWESOME! Enjoy your bio class! Good luck! ;)
    -M.B
  • mlover15mlover15 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    Same situation here! I am just waiting for January ( and praying for Cliffnotes to update it self).
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