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Course SummaryLet us help you get ready to take the GRE Biology exam with this informative study guide course. Use these video lessons to review the subjects you'll find on the test, and then take the multiple-choice quizzes to see how you might do on test day and where you need to focus your studies. This Study.com course was last updated in 2018.
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About This Course
The brief video lessons in this study guide course, taught by experts in the field, make preparing for the GRE Biology exam fun. Lessons and self-assessment quizzes cover all the topics on the GRE subject exam in biology, including QA, plant structure, biology lab procedures and ecosystems. You'll also review information on DNA, viruses, bacterial biology and inorganic chemistry. This study guide is formatted to specifically prepare you to ace the GRE Biology test.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Use this test prep course to prepare yourself for all the topics you'll need to know to do well on the GRE Biology exam. Here you'll study bacterial biology, viruses, male and female reproductive structures and cell structure and function. Once you complete this course, you should be able to:
- Outline the history of life
- Provide an overview of inorganic and organic chemistry
- Detail cell communication
- Define enzymatic biochemistry
- Explain the cell cycle
- Identify nucleic acids
- Relate facts about genetic mutation
- Differentiate between the respiratory, excretory, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems
- Discuss plant reproduction, development and growth
- Outline biomes, habitats and ecosystems
- Explain recombinant DNA methodology
- Identify concepts behavioral ecology
In 293 lessons grouped together by content into 31 chapters, we've outlined the subjects covered on the exam. Each lesson is accompanied by a quiz, and you'll find a test at the end of each chapter for checking your comprehension.
GRE Biology Exam Information
Thousands of graduate schools all around the world accept the GRE as a way of screening applicants for admission, and some schools require the test. The GRE Biology exam is aimed at individuals who intend to pursue graduate level biology studies. Test-takers need undergraduate degrees or extensive training in biology or a related field.
- Number of Questions: 190
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: Two hours and 50 minutes
- Exam Cost: $205
GRE Biology Exam Breakdown
|GRE Biology Exam Concept||Percent of the GRE Biology Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Cellular & Molecular Biology||33-34%||63-64 questions||95|
|Organismal Biology||33-34%||63-64 questions||164|
|Ecology & Evolution||33-34%||63-64 questions||34|
GRE Biology Registration and Preparation
You have the option to register by mail or online to take the GRE Biology exam. The fee for the test includes a PDF study guide, four score reports sent to graduate schools, one score report that you can print for yourself and a listing in a candidate search service. Scores remain valid for five years. Additional score reports cost extra, as do late registration, changes in test dates or locations and score reviews. The GRE offers a fee-reduction program to qualified students.
These video lessons offer review in all the areas covered on the GRE Biology exam. Quizzes at the end of each lesson are multiple-choice, which is the same format you'll find on the GRE Biology exam. Registration for the GRE Biology exam can be made by mail or online. On test day, you'll need the admission ticket that was emailed to you after registration, a photo ID and several sharpened #2 or HB pencils and erasers. Personal items and electronics are not allowed in the testing room.
GRE Biology Scoring and Score Reports
The GRE Biology exam contains 190 multiple-choice questions with five options for answers. You have two hours and 50 minutes to complete the test. Questions cover descriptions of field and lab situations, experimental results and diagrams. The score is determined by subtracting one-fourth of the number of wrong answers from the total number of correct answers. Subscores in each of the three subfield areas are reported in addition to the total score. You can see your score online about six weeks after the test date.
GRE Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Subfield
This section accounts for about a third of the questions on the exam, and is divided into two equal subsections, one on cellular structure and function and the other on genetics and molecular biology. Questions cover topics such as gene expression, biological compounds and the cytoskeleton. The lessons in our video study guide prepare you for this section's questions on immunity and antigen-antibody interactions as well as experimental methodology.
GRE Biology: Organismal Biology Subfield
This subfield makes up another third of the test and has five subsections. The subsection on animal structure, function and organization accounts for about 10% of the test's total questions, while the subsection on animal reproduction and development makes up around 6%. A subsection on plant structure, function and organization, which emphasizes flowering plants, accounts for another 7% of the test's total, with the subsection on plant reproduction, growth and development making up 5% of the test's total. Another 5% of the test is covered in the diversity of life subsection, with questions on fungi, protozoa and animals, among other topics. You'll learn about the distinguishing characteristics of many types of life through these lessons.
GRE Biology: Ecology and Evolution Subfield
The section on ecology and evolution accounts for the remaining third of the GRE Biology exam and is divided into two equal subsections. The ecology subsection includes questions on social systems and population structure, while the evolution subsection covers genetic variability, evolutionary processes and consequences. The videos in this prep course can help you prepare for this section of the GRE by showing you how to use demographics to learn about community and analyze the fossil record.
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