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Thanks for visiting our Biology Keystone Prep wiki. We hope you find these materials helpful as you prepare. We are very proud of you for taking responsibility for your education. Feel free to contact Mr. Meckley, Biology Department Chair, or Mr. Tayman, Technology Coach, with any questions.

Exam at a Glance:
  • Test is made up of 2 modules. Module one (A) covers Cells and Cell Processes. Module two (B) covers Continuity and Unity of Life.

  • Module A: Cells and Cell Processes 32 multiple choice, 4 constructed response.
    • Anchor 1 - Basic Biological Principles
    • Anchor 2 - Chemical Basis for Life
    • Anchor 3 - Bioenergetics
    • Anchor 4 - Homeostasis and Transport

  • Module B: Continuity and Unity of Life 32 multiple choice, 4 constructed response.
    • Anchor 1 - Cell Growth and Reproduction
    • Anchor 2 - Genetics
    • Anchor 3 - Theory of Evolution
    • Anchor 4 - Ecology

  • Total: 64 Multiple choice Questions, 8 Constructed Response
  • NOTE: 16 of the multiple choice questions (8 in each module) and 2 of the constructed response will not count toward your score as they are "field testing" these as possible future questions. We will not know which questions are the field test questions and which ones will count.
  • Estimated to take 145 minutes to complete both modules. It is not timed.

  • Constructed Response will be scored on a 0 - 4 scale using this rubric.

How to Prepare:

START --> Resource 1 USA Test Prep --> Resource 2 Khan Academy and Other Helpful Sites --> Test Taking Tips --> Ace the Keystone Exam!




Resource 1 USA Test Prep


https://www.usatestprep.com/member-login

This should be should be your main tool to study.

Login:
Account ID: mustangs87
school username (First Name, Middle Initial, Day of Month you were born - ex: JohnHS03)
school password (Uppercase initials, 4 numbers, and lower case SW. ex: JH####sw)


How to Use It:
Click Keystone along the top, then select Keystone Biology. [ show me ]


Then choose to Take a Test.

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Note: You will have some options. If you take the full test -100% option, this could take several hours.
We would recommend that you work on specific reporting categories and complete one at a time.
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The main screen will show you what Categories you have worked on, and how you are doing. Continue working until you have mastered all sections.
You are looking for green circles or yellow stars!

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Resource 2 Khan Academy, Quizlet & Additional Resources

Here are resources to help you prepare for the Biology Keystone aligned to the Study Island topics to the left.

The last column contains excellent video podcasts that were created specifically to review essential content on the PA Keystone Biology Exam. Highly Recommended! Print out and complete the Study Guides that go along with the Podcasts!
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The Chemical Basis for Life

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Cell Growth and Reproduction


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Genetics

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Theory of Evolution

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Ecology

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