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Study Guide Kit

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CLEP 6 hours $80

CLEP exams are administered at colleges and universities

Biology is a science. As is true of all sciences, it seeks to discover and understand the unifying principles that underlie its subject of study – in this case, life on earth. That the efforts of biologists have been so successful indicates that all organisms on earth, from the simplest microbe to the grandest vertebrate, have features in common, features that allow us to distinguish the "living" from the "non-living."

It is not immediately obvious why all organisms should share so many common traits. After all, what is immediately apparent to non-students of biology is how different organisms are. Indeed, it is difficult not to be astounded by the diversity of life on earth – the range of sizes, appearances, numbers, behaviors, etc., of the organisms that we observe in our backyards, at zoos, on television nature shows, and so on. Yet all organisms do share similarities. This coexistence of diversity and commonality is at the core of our study of biology. We will try to understand how and why organisms are similar, how and why they differ.

This study guide covers three major areas of biology: molecular and cellular biology, organismal biology, and population biology. This overview of the topic is designed to prepare you to pass the CLEP examination titled "General Biology." The study guide is organized into seven units. As you read the text, pay particular attention to the terms in bold print, as test-out exams tend to be vocabulary-intensive. Short-answer and multiple-choice practice questions are at the end of each unit. In addition, a final comprehensive practice exam appears at the end of the book. This practice examination is formatted like the actual test. Taking the practice exam will reinforce key concepts from the study guide, identify areas for further review, provide a gauge for managing testing time appropriately, and verify that the material has been mastered.

The study guide is not designed to cover every detail of the field, or provide everything you will ever need to know about biology. In fact, many worthwhile and interesting sub-topics are purposely avoided because covering them here will not significantly improve your chances of preparing for and passing the CLEP test. The aim of this book is to teach you briefly and effectively what you need to know to establish six college-level credit hours Biology.

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