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- Available Lessons: 298
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryRefresh your understanding of key biology topics before taking the NES Biology exam with this comprehensive study guide. Before or after reviewing our text and video lessons, you can take the multiple-choice quizzes to see how well you'd do on the test and where you need to focus your studies.
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Increase your knowledge of biology by exploring the chapters in this course as you prepare for the NES Biology assessment. Each chapter features short video lessons, averaging about 10 minutes apiece, that offer an in-depth look at the biology concepts that you should understand to succeed on the exam.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
The information you need to do well on the NES Biology exam is contained in this course. Upon completion, you should be able to discuss topics like osmosis, the laws of thermodynamics, nitrogen fixation, the uterine cycle, the digestive system, social behavior, and global climate change. You should also be able to do the following:
- Recall the history and nature of science, scientific inquiry, and scientific interdisciplinary relationships
- Discuss chemistry, chemical bonds and reactions, macromolecules, biochemistry, and cell biology
- Explain DNA replication, genetic mutations, and transcription and translation
- Recount the history of life on earth, biological evolution, plant biology and reproduction, and animal reproduction
- Give details about male and female reproductive systems, physiology, and the disease process
- Describe cardiovascular, neurological, and common human disorders
- Explain populations and biological communities, animal behavior, ecosystems, biomes, and biochemical cycles
- Discuss human activity and the biosphere, as well as population and the environment
There are 37 individual chapters and 343 lessons in text and video formats. You'll be able to assess your understanding of the topics covered in each lesson by completing self-assessment quizzes and chapter exams.
NES History Exam Information
The National Evaluation Series (NES) Biology assessment is available for educators looking to teach biology at the secondary level and acquire or enhance their teaching license or certificate in states that use this exam. The computer-based test is offered year round and requires an appointment that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The test can be taken at sites throughout the nation.
- Number of Questions: 150 questions
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Exam Cost: $95
NES Biology Exam Breakdown
|NES Biology Exam Concept||Percent of the NES Biology Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Knowledge of the nature of science||20%||30 questions||45|
|Knowledge of biochemistry and cell biology||13%||20 questions||73|
|Knowledge of genetics and evolution||27%||40 questions||48|
|Knowledge of biological unity and diversity||20%||30 questions||124|
|Knowledge of ecology and environment||20%||30 questions||53|
Preparing & Registering for the NES Biology
Use this study guide to improve your ability to competently answer questions on the NES Biology assessment. You can watch videos, or review the lessons in their written form by reading full transcripts. You'll have the opportunity to refresh your knowledge of science's history and nature, the principles and procedures of scientific inquiry, and safety procedures and hazards in scientific research. Review chemistry concepts, revisit biochemistry and examine DNA and genetics. The lessons also explore life on earth, plant biology, animal reproduction and the physiology of humans, while examining various disorders, biochemical cycles and the relationship between population and the environment. You can access short quizzes and chapter exams that test your comprehension of the lessons. Any questions about the lessons can be submitted to expert tutors.
In order to take the NES Biology assessment, you must first register for the test. Registration requires choosing the state in which you're seeking certification or licensure, then creating an online account. You will be required to add personal information to complete registration. During the registration process, you'll also choose the institutions to which you want to have your scores sent. On the day of the test, you must bring one current, government-issued ID printed in English. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late to the testing site, you might not be admitted and could lose your refund. Rescheduling is permitted 24 hours or more prior to your test appointment. If you want to retake the exam, you must wait 30 days.
Scoring for the NES Biology
A passing score on the NES Biology assessment is at least 220 points. Immediately after taking the test, you will receive a scaled score. Official score reports are released within two weeks of test.
Nature of Science
Approximate percentage of exam score: 20%
Domain topics covered: Principles and procedures of scientific inquiry; history and nature of science; relationships between biology, engineering, technology, mathematics and society
What you'll study: The nature of science chapters cover the history and nature of science, principles and procedures of scientific inquiry, safety procedures and hazards in scientific research and interdisciplinary relationships in science.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Approximate percentage of exam score: 13%
Domain topics covered: Chemistry of living systems; cell structure, function and bioenergetics
What you'll study: The lessons explore the basics of chemistry, chemical bonds and reactions, the structure and function of macromolecules, enzymatic biochemistry, cell biology, metabolic biochemistry and cell division.
Genetics and Evolution
Approximate percentage of exam score: 27%
Domain topics covered: Molecular genetics; patterns and processes of inheritance; mechanisms of biological evolution; history of life on Earth
What you'll study: The comprehensive chapters on genetics and evolution explore DNA replication, the transcription and translation process, genetics, genetic mutation, the origin and history of life on earth and mechanisms of biological evolution.
Biological Unity and Diversity
Approximate percentage of exam score: 20%
Domain topics covered: Structures and functions of organisms and their life cycles; how organisms obtain, store and use energy and matter to maintain homeostasis; anatomy and physiology of human organ systems
What you'll study: The biological unity and diversity chapters cover phylogeny and the classification of organisms, plant biology, plant reproduction and growth, requirements of biological systems, animal reproduction and development, male and female reproduction, physiology I and II, the disease process, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders and common human disorders.
Ecology and Environment
Approximate percentage of exam score: 20%
Domain topics covered: Populations and communities; ecosystems and biomes; effects of human activities on the biosphere
What you'll study: After exploring the lessons in the ecology and environment chapters, you will understand populations and biological communities, animal behavior, ecosystems and biomes, biochemical cycles, human activity and the biosphere, and population and the environment.
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