As luck would have it, the two questions released
from the bio test were the ones requiring us to show knowledge from the other
branches of science.
One is the "Breadth of Knowledge" question I.
In this exercise you had to show some knowledge of chem, physics, and earth
science. The knowledge required for this was quite basic, I thought it was
far easier than most of the other assessment center exercises. Below
is a summary of the prompt.
One of the major ideas that cuts across all
sciences is transformation of energy.
1.Give an indepth description of transformation of
2. The table below shows concepts associated with
the main sciences not in your chosen discipline. Using examples explain
each of the concepts while relating it to
transformation of energy.
Chemistry: Exothermic reaction
Earth Science: Hydroelectric power
You will also have one question called "Connections
in Science" that goes more deeply into one of the other branches of
science. Last year's Connections has also been released as part of the
scoring guide. It dealt with ozone depletion, and required us to explain
the concept in the context of biology and chemistry, and explain how we deal
with students' misconceptions on the topic. Again, not too difficult. The
bio questions require you to have a much deeper knowledge of that content than
the breadth and connections questions require you to have of chem/physics/earth
Science AYA, 2002
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I've also been studying for the biology. I have similar questions
if anyone is allowed to elaborate. I have been studying AP questions and
looking at earth science books and biochemistry study guides. Then only
thing relating to earth science seems to be about fossil dating that relates
to biology and some small amount of evolution.
I was wondering about the AP questions. Look at the discussion type
questions and charts with information, is this what is suggested??????
Thanks for any ideas. I know you are not allowed to say to much,
but are we on the right track.
are currently studying for the biology assessment. We have
questions if anyone would be willing to answer them.
1. As far
as content goes, should we focus on concepts
mentioned in the content
standards? The concepts we have
pulled from those are 1) the cell
2)molecular basis of heredity
3)biological evolution 4)interdependence
of organisms 5) matter
energy and organization in living systems 6)
2. When looking over the descriptions
of each of the
assesments, this is what we are guessing we will be
Can you tell us if we are on the right track?
1) We are
expecting to see a graph of some sort, analyze it, and
give the correct
equation. Will this equation be as simple as
y=mx + b or something
more complex like a growth and decay
2)For this quest! ion,
we are expecting to see somth ing that might
relate to the six themes of
biology, how all themes are
3) We are expecting a
picture representation of some concept
(osmosis, heredity, etc.) and
will then be expected to analyze it?
4) We are guessing that this
question will deal with evolution, but
do we need to know specifics -
types of evolution, etc?
5 and 6 we have a pretty good idea about because
of the sample
Any help or direction would be
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