Cliff’s AP Biology
Use Cliff's AP Biology 3rd Edition for Free to Prepare for the DAT Bio IMPORTANT NOTEWhen preparing for the DAT Bio, many people suggest to use Cliff's AP Biology Book but not what edition. Currently there are 4 editions available, and while newer editions usually are better, such is not the case when studying for the Dental Admissions Test.The most recent FOURTH edition has been updated and tailored to the Advanced Placement Test and thus is not as helpful as it's predecessor, the THIRD edition. Many test takers love the book because it covers a wide array of topics in a concise manner, similar to what will be asked on the DAT Bio, GENERAL questions over a broad spectrum of subject areas. As Steven Willard recounts in his Amazon.com review of the book: "Great summary for Biology. I'm an accountant going back for dental. This book was a great summary of biology topics. It has plenty of practice tests with good examples. If you can do everything in this book, you probably don't need college biology 1&2.I try to save money w/ test prep by studying free off of websites and out of my old book. This is the best, most succinct resource I've found for preparation for a test (I'm sure also great for MCAT, AP, CLEP, etc). One regret: not getting AP Org Chem (didn't have as many reviews, but in hindsight I would have bought it).Also check out Cliffs AP Chemistry...just as good." Also, you can access Cliff's AP Biology 3rd Edition's PDF for FREE below! Cliffs AP Bio 3rd Edition FREE | Acedat.com If you prefer a hard copy, you can get one for a very a few bucks used on Amazon or eBay.
DAT Biology Below is a list of topics that are covered on the DAT Biology test, as listed by the ADA on the DAT portion of their website: http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx The scope of the test covers a wide range of topics, but the questions are not as in depth as one might see in a class devoted to a specific topic like Ecology. Major Biology Topics to Know for the DAT Cell and Molecular Biology Origin of life Cell metabolism (including photosynthesis/enzymology) Cellular processes Thermodynamics Organelle structure and function Mitosis/meiosis Cell structure Experimental cell biology Diversity of Life Biological Organization and Relationship of Major Taxa (Six-Kingdom, Three-Domain System) – plantae, animalia, protista, fungi, eubacteria (bacteria), archae, etc. Structure and Function of Systems Integumentary Skeletal muscular Circulatory Immunological Digestive Respiratory Urinary Nervous/senses Endocrine Reproductive Developmental Biology Fertilization Descriptive embryology Developmental mechanisms Experimental embryology Genetics Molecular genetics, Human genetics Classical genetics Chromosomal genetics Genetic technology Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Natural selection Population genetics/speciation Cladistics Population and community ecology Ecosystems Animal behavior (including social behavior) Two great test prep materials that I highly recommend using for preparing for this section and brushing up on your Biology are: Cliffs AP Bio Book and Kaplan's Blue Book. Kaplan's Blue Book has material for each and every section on the DAT. It is a great resource to refresh yourself with the general concepts of many of the topics tested on the DAT. However, I would not recommend using only KBB to prepare, as it does not everything. As I was preparing for my test, I read many good recommendations about the Cliff's AP Biology Prep Book. It is not super in depth, but it does cover a very wide array of topics. Also it's very easy on your wallet! You can sometimes find a great deal on these books used at eBay or half.com, but I often find that Amazon has the cheapest prices, used or new. Buying both of these books NEW will probably cost around $55-60, including shipping. Not a bad investment to improve your DAT score!