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App review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2014
AP Exam Prep Biology

AP Exam Prep Biology

Comprehensive array of study tools, solid content make studying a snap

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9–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Science, College & Career Prep, Character & SEL, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Information is detailed and well organized, and tests can be customized to address specific topics.

Cons: The cost is a bit high.

Bottom Line: Packed with plenty of study materials, if used wisely, this bio study tool will be worth the price.

Although intended for kids preparing to take the AP Biology exam, content is extremely thorough, and the app could be used as curriculum support material for any biology classroom. Before starting a unit, have kids use the Quick Review section to review vocabulary terms and read about the lesson topic. Use the concept map as a whole-class instructional tool, possibly adding to it as kids learn more about the topic. Kids can complete exams as unit tests or as practice tests before taking other assessments. 

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Navigating this study tool is simple, and optional pop-ups explain all features. Main choices on the home page include Quick Review, Multiple Choice, Free Response, Grid-In Questions, and View Study Statistics. In Quick Review, kids study content organized into topics and subtopics. Each subtopic includes a summary, concept map, list of keywords, essential questions, and reading material organized into an ebook. Kids can flag any subtopic to call attention to it for further review. In Multiple Choice, Free Response, and Grid-In Questions, kids can take three timed exams or create customized exams that focus on specific content. Results are tracked and can be viewed in the View Study Statistics section. 

Using this study tool, kids can read, study, and take practice tests in a variety of formats to prepare for the AP Biology exam. Information is very well organized, which is key to successful study habits. Kids can also flag topics for further review, customize tests, and view their study statistics in great detail. This allows them to get a very personalized learning experience. 

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Studying for an exam is a chore, but this tool's interactive practice tests make it more engaging. It's also quite handy for studying on the go!

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

A wide range of topics are covered in great depth, and kids can use various test formats including multiple-choice, free-response, and grid-in questions. 

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Optional pop-ups explain features of the app, and study statistics help kids track their progress and identify areas that need more study. 


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