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Taking the Biology 6-12 exam can be a daunting task. Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.
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What’s on the Biology 6-12 exam?
Taking the Biology 6-12 exam can be a daunting task. Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground. This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare. Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test. In order to cover everything, the exam is broken into ten competencies.
What to Expect
The Biology 6-12 exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions. You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the exam. The test is administered via computer.
You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on checkboxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.
|Competency||Approx % of Test|
|Knowledge of the investigative processes of science||18%|
|Knowledge of the interactions between science, technology, and society||4%|
|Knowledge of the chemical processes of living things||14%|
|Knowledge of the interactions between cell structure and cell function||7%|
|Knowledge of genetic principles, processes, and applications||11%|
|Knowledge of the structural and functional diversity of viruses and prokaryotic organisms||4%|
|Knowledge of the structural and functional diversity of protists, fungi, and plants||8%|
|Knowledge of the structural and functional diversity of animals||13%|
|Knowledge of ecological principles and processes||11%|
|Knowledge of evolutionary mechanisms||10%|
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