In this post, we’re going look at some ideas for biology curriculum that gets a solid foundation for teens that want to take the Biology CLEP.
Official College Board Biology CLEP Page: here
The Biology examination covers material that is usually taught in a one-year college general biology course (2 semesters) covers 3 areas of general biology:
- molecular and cellular biology (33% / about 38 questions)
- organismal biology (33% / about 38 questions)
- population biology (33% / about 38 questions)
Skipping “curriculum” and just starting with “test prep” is a mistake. This is a very large exam covering an enormous scope of content. The trick to success is allowing sufficient learning time using high school (or college) curriculum as your foundation and following up with test prep. You should choose the foundation (curriculum) that aligns well with your student’s ability. Students working well above grade level may enjoy the challenge of using college level content, but students working on grade level can still be successful with the CLEP exam by learning with high school curriculum! Learning for this exam could easily take 2 high school semesters.
If you’d rather have your teen take biology directly for college credit, you can can explore the many options here: 30 Ways to Earn College Credit in High School. Using CLEP means you’ll award high school credit for the curriculum work your teen does at home, and they’ll earn potential college credit by taking the CLEP exam later. Acceptance of CLEP varies by college.
Should you add a lab? High School Biology often includes a lab, though it isn’t required as preparation for this exam. It may, however, be required by your state’s graduation requirements or your target college’s admissions requirements, so I like the idea of adding a lab unless you’re sure you don’t need one.
Build Your Curriculum
add a lab (optional)
High School Biology Lab Kits (physically do at home)
College Biology Lab Simulation (do on the computer)
add a text book (optional)
Test Prep Voucher (Take a CLEP for free)
Modern States is a free online CLEP prep class that upon completion will pay for your teen’s CLEP exam. Get your voucher first! Besides giving your student some extra test prep, the voucher pays for your exam!
REA CLEP Biology Book with Practice Tests (try your local library!)
Hippocampus (for any topic still giving you trouble)
Are you preparing for the CLEP Biology exam or already taken it? If so, what resources are your favorite? Share below!