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- Available Lessons: 244
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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About This Course
This course explores the information you'll need to know in order to pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) test in biology. The brief lessons in this course can increase your understanding of the biology concepts New York State requires for certification to teach the subject. Some of these include research methods, laboratory basics and genetic engineering. This engaging course is accessible on any mobile device or computer 24 hours a day, making it easy to study when and where it's convenient.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The topics covered in this course align with the information you'll be expected to know on test day. Just a few of the concepts covered include cell biology, plant reproduction and metabolic biochemistry. Our study guide also provides the tools you'll need to be able to do the following:
- Outline the structure and function of cells
- Detail genetics and mutations
- Define cell division and DNA replication
- Explain the evolution of living things
- Discuss viruses, fungi and organic compounds
- Describe human body systems and reproduction
The course is made up of 219 easy-to-follow lessons, grouped together by subject into 31 chapters. You'll also find lesson quizzes and chapter tests to make sure you're understanding what you're studying.
NYSTCE Biology Exam Information
The NYSTCE Biology exam is a computer-based test designed to test the knowledge of potential biology teachers in New York State.
- Number of Questions: 91 questions
- Question Type: 90 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response question
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $134
NYSTCE Biology Exam Breakdown
|NYSTCE Biology Exam Concept||Percent of the NYSTCE Physics Exam Score||Lessons|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry||17%||29|
|Cell Biology and Biochemistry||17%||54|
|Genetics and Evolution||15%||45|
|Biological Unity and Diversity and Life Processes||12%||42|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry Constructed-Response Assignment||10%||29|
NYSTCE Biology Exam Preparation & Registration
This study guide consists of short video lessons that cover many important biology-related principles. Our instructors explain the basics of scientific experimentation and research, including how to use laboratory equipment. You'll explore animal and plant cells and their functions. DNA replication and genetics are emphasized, as is the physiology of the human body. Ecology and the environment are also discussed in these lessons. Short quizzes accompany each video, and you can use them to evaluate your learning.
The exam is administered six times a year at locations throughout the state and nationwide. Testing slots fill quickly, and NYSTCE officials recommend that you register at least 30 days prior to your desired test date. To register, you'll create an account at the NYSTCE website, give some personal information, choose a date and test site and designate institutions that should receive your scores. You'll need to pay for your exam with a credit card upon registration and show a valid form of identification when you arrive for testing. You can reschedule your test without paying a fee up to 24 hours before the test date.
NYSTCE Biology Exam Scoring
Two to three weeks after the exam date, a detailed score report will be posted to your account and also sent to the state department of education as well as any institutions you listed when you registered for the test. The minimum passing score is 220. Only correct answers count, so guessing is encouraged if you're unsure of the answer. Content domain areas I-VI contain multiple-choice questions; area VII has one essay assignment.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
Percentage of Test Content: 17%
Exam topics covered: Relationships between science, technology and mathematics; important events in the history of biology; social factors that influence the study of biology; how new hypotheses are developed; ethical issues in research; how scientific data is gathered and reported; units of measurement in biological study; and proper use of laboratory materials and equipment
What you'll study: Our study guide includes lessons on scientific research, the scientific method, history of biological study, types of research methods, scientific notation, laboratory measurements, the metric system, microscopy, laboratory equipment, safety techniques for the laboratory, how to work with microscope specimens, Beer's law, centrifugation and chromatography.
Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Percentage of Test Content: 17%
Exam topics covered: Cellular structure, active and passive transport processes in cells, hydrogen, ionic and covalent bonds, pH chemistry in biological systems, properties of water, photosynthesis, respiration, DNA replication, implications of DNA mutations, applications of genetic engineering, the cell cycle, meiosis, mitosis and cell division.
What you'll study: Our lessons include information on cell function, mitochondria structure, the fluid mosaic model of the cell membrane, the ribosome, the endomembrane system, cell communication, transduction, cellular responses to signals, structure and function of lipids and carbohydrates, DNA replication, DNA cloning, genomic DNA analysis, agarose gel electrophoresis and practical uses for DNA technology.
Genetics and Evolution
Percentage of Test Content: 15%
Exam topics covered: Principles of heredity, detecting genetic diseases, pedigree charts, heredity and the environment, ideas about the origins of life, fossils, mechanisms of evolution, genetic drift and principles of taxonomy
What you'll study: These video lessons cover alleles, Mendel's laws and their applications, exceptions to simple dominance, research methods for human genetics, history of life on Earth, the living systems requirement for free energy and matter, growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis in organisms, evidence for evolution, classification systems, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, overview of speciation types and barriers, natural selection and genetic variability.
Biological Unity and Diversity and Life Processes
Percentage of Test Content: 12%
Exam topics covered: Characteristics of living organisms, basic life functions, archaebacterial, viruses, retroviruses, plant structures, reproduction in different divisions of plants, embryonic development of animals, life cycles of vertebrates and invertebrates and adaptive behaviors in animals
What you'll study: Classification of plants, pollination, plant structures, asexual plant reproduction, plant hormones, animal and human evolution, life cycles of animals, significance of physiological processes in animals, learned and innate behavior and the circadian rhythm are among the topics covered in these lessons.
Percentage of Test Content: 17%
Exam topics covered: Structures and function of the human body, including the skeletal, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive systems, as well as malfunctions of these systems and how they are treated
What you'll study: This study guide includes information on multicellular organisms, connective tissue, the skeletal and muscular systems, the circulatory system and how it functions, the digestive system in humans, neurons, the endocrine system, embryo implantation, physiology of pregnancy, Spemann's organizer and signaling molecules.
Percentage of Test Content: 12%
Exam topics covered: Energy flow in an ecosystem, ecological succession, geographic distribution of major biomes, biome degradation, material cycles, limiting factors on ecosystem productivity, types of resource misuse, why biological diversity is important and stewardship of the environment
What you'll study: Ecosystems, habitats, ecological niches, food chains, interspecific competition, predator/prey interactions, symbiotic relationships, carrying capacity, biodiversity, deforestation, human environmental impact, Earth's biomes, cycles of matter, renewable and non-renewable resources and global warming are among the topics covered in our study guide's lessons.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry: Constructed-Response Assignment
Percentage of Test Content: 10%
The content addressed in this essay assignment is the same as in Subarea I
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