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Unformatted text preview: GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test Practice Book This practice book contains one actual full-length GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test test-taking strategies Become familiar with test structure and content test instructions and answering procedures Compare your practice test results with the performance of those who took the test at a GRE administration. Visit GRE Online at Listening. Learning. Leading. This book is provided FREE with test registration by the Graduate Record Examinations Board. Note to Test Takers: Keep this practice book until you receive your score report. The book contains important information about content specifications and scoring. Copyright 2001 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved. EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE, ETS, the ETS logos, GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS, and GRE are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service. 2 BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK Table of Contents Purpose of the GRE Subject Tests ........................ 3 Development of the Subject Tests ....................... 3 Content of the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test ..................................................... 4 Preparing for a Subject Test ................................. 6 Test-Taking Strategies .......................................... 7 What Your Scores Mean ...................................... 7 Practice Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test ................................................... 11 Scoring Your Subject Test .................................. 55 Evaluating Your Performance ............................. 58 Answer Sheet ..................................................... 59 graduate school, reliance on a single measure to predict success is not advisable. Other indicators of competence typically include undergraduate transcripts showing courses taken and grades earned, letters of recommendation, the GRE Writing Assessment score and GRE General Test scores. For information about the appropriate use of GRE scores, write to GRE Program, Educational Testing Service, Mail Stop 57-L, Princeton, NJ 08541, or visit our Web site at Development of the Subject Tests Each new edition of a Subject Test is developed by a committee of examiners composed of professors in the subject who are on undergraduate and graduate faculties in different types of institutions and in different regions of the United States and Canada. In selecting members for each committee, the GRE Program seeks the advice of the appropriate professional associations in the subject. The content and scope of each test are specified and reviewed periodically by the committee of examiners. Test questions are written by the committee and by other faculty who are also subject-matter specialists and by subject-matter specialists at ETS. All questions proposed for the test are reviewed by the committee and revised as necessary. The accepted questions are assembled into a test in accordance with the content specifications developed by the committee to ensure adequate coverage of the various aspects of the field and, at the same time, to prevent overemphasis on any single topic. The entire test is then reviewed and approved by the committee. Subject-matter and measurement specialists on the ETS staff assist the committee, providing information and advice about methods of test construction and helping to prepare the questions and assemble the test. In addition, each test question is reviewed to eliminate language, symbols, or content considered potentially offensive, inappropriate for major subgroups of the test-taking population, or likely to perpetuate any negative attitude that may be Purpose of the GRE Subject Tests The GRE Subject Tests are designed to help graduate school admission committees and fellowship sponsors assess the qualifications of applicants in specific fields of study. The tests also provide you with an assessment of your own qualifications. Scores on the tests are intended to indicate knowledge of the subject matter emphasized in many undergraduate programs as preparation for graduate study. Because past achievement is usually a good indicator of future performance, the scores are helpful in predicting success in graduate study. Because the tests are standardized, the test scores permit comparison of students from different institutions with different undergraduate programs. For some Subject Tests, subscores are provided in addition to the total score; these subscores indicate the strengths and weaknesses of your preparation, and they may help you plan future studies. The GRE Board recommends that scores on the Subject Tests be considered in conjunction with other relevant information about applicants. Because numerous factors influence success in BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK 3 conveyed to these subgroups. The test as a whole is also reviewed to ensure that the test questions, where applicable, include an appropriate balance of people in different groups and different roles. Because of the diversity of undergraduate curricula, it is not possible for a single test to cover all the material you may have studied. The examiners, therefore, select questions that test the basic knowledge and skills most important for successful graduate study in the particular field. The committee keeps the test up-to-date by regularly developing new editions and revising existing editions. In this way, the test content changes steadily but gradually, much like most curricula. In addition, curriculum surveys are conducted periodically to ensure that the content of a test reflects what is currently being taught in the undergraduate curriculum. After a new edition of a Subject Test is first administered, examinees' responses to each test question are analyzed in a variety of ways to determine whether each question functioned as expected. These analyses may reveal that a question is ambiguous, requires knowledge beyond the scope of the test, or is inappropriate for the total group or a particular subgroup of examinees taking the test. Answers to such questions are not used in computing scores. Following this analysis, the new test edition is equated to an existing test edition. In the equating process, statistical methods are used to assess the difficulty of the new test. Then scores are adjusted so that examinees who took a difficult edition of the test are not penalized, and examinees who took an easier edition of the test do not have an advantage. Variations in the number of questions in the different editions of the test are also taken into account in this process. Scores on the Subject Tests are reported as three-digit scaled scores with the third digit always zero. The maximum possible range for all Subject Test total scores is from 200 to 990. The actual range of scores for a particular Subject Test, however, may be smaller. The maximum possible range of Subject Test subscores is 20 to 99; however, the actual range of subscores for any test or test edition may be smaller. Subject Test score interpretive information is provided in Interpreting Your GRE Scores, which you will receive with your GRE score report, and on the GRE Web site at Content of the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test The test contains about 180 multiple-choice questions, a number of which are grouped in sets toward the end of the test and based on descriptions of laboratory situations, diagrams, or experimental results. The content of the test is organized into three major areas: biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology and genetics. In addition to the total score, a subscore in each of these subfield areas is reported. Because these three disciplines are basic to the study of all organisms, test questions encompass both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Throughout the test, there is an emphasis on questions requiring problem-solving skills (including mathematical calculations that do not require the use of a calculator) as well as content knowledge. While only two content areas in the following outline specifically mention methodology, questions on methodology and data interpretation are included in all sections. In developing questions for the test, the committee keeps in mind both the content of typical courses taken by undergraduates and the knowledge and abilities required for graduate work in the fields related to the test. Because of the diversity of undergraduate curricula, few examinees will have encountered all of the topics in the content outline. Consequently, no examinee should expect to be able to answer all questions on the edition of the test he or she takes. The committee is aware that the three content areas are interrelated. Because of these interrelationships, individual questions or sets of questions may test more than one content area. Therefore, the relative emphases of the three areas in the following outline should not be considered definitive. Likewise, the topics listed are not intended to be all-inclusive but, rather, representative of the typical undergraduate experience. 4 BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK I. BIOCHEMISTRY 36% A. Chemical and Physical Foundations Thermodynamics and kinetics Redox states Water, pH, acid-base reactions, and buffers Solutions and equilibria Solute-solvent interactions Chemical interactions and bonding Chemical reaction mechanisms B. Biomolecules: Structure, Assembly, Organization, and Dynamics Small molecules Macromolecules (for example, nucleic acids, polysaccharides, proteins, and complex lipids) Supramolecular complexes (for example, membranes, ribosomes, and multienzyme complexes) C. Catalysis and Binding Enzyme reaction mechanisms and kinetics Ligand-protein interaction (for example, hormone receptors, substrates and effectors, transport proteins, and antigen-antibody interactions) D. Major Metabolic Pathways Carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur assimilation Anabolism Catabolism Synthesis and degradation of macromolecules E. Bioenergetics (including respiration and photosynthesis) Energy transformations at the substrate level Electron transport Proton and chemical gradients Energy coupling (phosphorylation and transport) F. Regulation and Integration of Metabolism Covalent modification of enzymes Allosteric regulation Compartmentation Hormones G. Methodology Spectroscopy Isotopes Separation techniques (for example, centrifugation, chromatography, and electrophoresis) Immunotechniques II. CELL BIOLOGY 28% A. Cellular Compartments of Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes: Organization, Dynamics, and Functions Cellular membrane systems (structure and transport) Nucleus (envelope and matrix) Mitochondria and chloroplasts (including biogenesis and evolution) B. Cell Surface and Communication Extracellular matrix (including cell walls) Cell adhesion and junctions Signal transduction Receptor function Excitable membrane systems C. Cytoskeleton, Motility, and Shape Actin-based systems (including muscle contraction) Microtubule-based systems Intermediate filaments Prokaryotic systems D. Protein Synthesis and Processing Regulation of translation Posttranslational modification Intracellular trafficking Secretion and endocytosis E. Cell Division, Differentiation, and Development Bacterial division Meiosis and gametogenesis Eukaryotic cell cycles, mitosis, and cytokinesis Fertilization and early embryonic development (including positional information, homeotic genes, tissue-specific expression, nuclear and cytoplasmic interactions, growth factors and induction, environment, and polarity) BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK 5 III. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 36% AND GENETICS A. Genetic Foundations Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance Transformation, transduction, and conjugation Recombination and complementation Mutational analysis Genetic mapping and linkage analysis B. Chromatin and Chromosomes Karyotypes Translocations, inversions, deletions, and duplications Aneuploidy and polyploidy Structure C. Genomics Genome structure Physical mapping Repeated DNA and gene families Gene identification Transposable elements D. Genome Maintenance DNA replication DNA damage and repair DNA modification DNA recombination and gene conversion E. Gene Expression The genetic code Transcription RNA processing Translation F. Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes Positive and negative control of the operon Promoter recognition by RNA polymerases Attenuation and antitermination G. Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes Cis-acting regulatory elements Trans-acting regulatory factors Gene rearrangements and amplifications H. Bacteriophages and Animal and Plant Viruses Genome replication and regulation Virus assembly Virus-host interactions I. Methodology Restriction maps Nucleic acid blotting and hybridization DNA cloning in prokaryotes and eukaryotes Sequencing and analysis Protein-nucleic acid interaction Preparing for a Subject Test GRE Subject Test questions are designed to measure skills and knowledge gained over a long period of time. Although you might increase your scores to some extent through preparation a few weeks or months before you take the test, last-minute cramming is unlikely to be of further help. The following information may be helpful. A general review of your college courses is probably the best preparation for the test. However, the test covers a broad range of subject matter, and no one is expected to be familiar with the content of every question. Use this practice book to become familiar with the types of questions in the GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test, paying special attention to the directions. If you thoroughly understand the directions before you take the test, you will have more time during the test to focus on the questions themselves. 6 BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK Test-Taking Strategies The questions in the practice test in this book illustrate the types of multiple-choice questions in the test. When you take the test, you will mark your answers on a separate machine-scorable answer sheet. Total testing time is two hours and fifty minutes; there are no separately timed sections. Following are some general test-taking strategies you may want to consider. Read the test directions carefully, and work as rapidly as you can without being careless. For each question, choose the best answer from the available options. All questions are of equal value; do not waste time pondering individual questions you find extremely difficult or unfamiliar. You may want to work through the test quite rapidly, first answering only the questions about which you feel confident, then going back and answering questions that require more thought, and concluding with the most difficult questions if there is time. If you decide to change an answer, make sure you completely erase it and fill in the oval corresponding to your desired answer. Questions for which you mark no answer or more than one answer are not counted in scoring. As a correction for haphazard guessing, onefourth of the number of questions you answer incorrectly is subtracted from the number of questions you answer correctly. It is improbable that mere guessing will improve your score significantly; it may even lower your score. If, however, you are not certain of the correct answer but have some knowledge of the question and are able to eliminate one or more of the answer choices, your chance of getting the right answer is improved, and it may be to your advantage to answer the question. Record all answers on your answer sheet. Answers recorded in your test book will not be counted. Do not wait until the last five minutes of a testing session to record answers on your answer sheet. What Your Scores Mean Your raw score--that is, the number of questions you answered correctly minus one-fourth of the number you answered incorrectly--is converted to the scaled score that is reported. This conversion ensures that a scaled score reported for any edition of a Subject Test is comparable to the same scaled score earned on any other edition of the same test. Thus, equal scaled scores on a particular Subject Test indicate essentially equal levels of performance regardless of the test edition taken. Test scores should be compared only with other scores on the same Subject Test. (For example, a 680 on the Computer Science Test is not equivalent to a 680 on the Mathematics Test.) Before taking the test, you may find it useful to know approximately what raw scores would be required to obtain a certain scaled score. Several factors influence the conversion of your raw score to your scaled score, such as the difficulty of the test edition and the number of test questions included in the computation of your raw score. Based on recent editions of the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test, the table on the next page gives the range of raw scores associated with selected scaled scores for three different test editions. (Note that when the number of scored questions for a given test is greater than the range of possible scaled scores, it is likely that two or more raw scores will convert to the same scaled score.) The three test editions in the table that follows were selected to reflect varying degrees of difficulty. Examinees should note that future test editions may be somewhat more or less difficult than the test editions illustrated in the table. BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK 7 Range of Raw Scores* Needed to Earn Selected Scaled Scores on Three Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test Editions That Differ in Difficulty Raw Scores Scaled Score Form A Form B Form C 700 131-134 123-125 119-121 600 100-103 95-96 90-92 500 69-72 66-68 62-64 400 38-41 37-39 33-35 Number of Questions Used to Compute Raw Score 178 180 177 *Raw Score = Number of correct answers minus one-fourth the number of incorrect answers, rounded to the nearest integer. For a particular test edition, there are many ways to earn the same raw score. For example, on the edition listed above as "Form A," a raw score of 69 through 72 would earn a scaled score of 500. Below are a few of the possible ways in which a scaled score of 500 could be earned on that edition. Examples of Ways to Earn a Scaled Score of 500 on the Edition Labeled as "Form A" Number of Questions Questions Questions Questions Used Answered Answered Not to Compute Raw Score Correctly Incorrectly Answered Raw Score 69 69 0 109 178 69 80 43 55 178 69 91 87 0 178 72 72 0 106 178 72 83 43 52 178 72 93 85 0 178 8 BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK Practice Test To become familiar with how the administration will be conducted at the test center, first remove the answer sheet (pages 59 and 60). Then go to the back cover of the test book (page 54) and follow the instructions for completing the identification areas of the answer sheet. When you are ready to begin the test, note the time and begin marking your answers on the answer sheet. BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK 9 10 FORM GR0022 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 Scoring Your Subject Test Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test scores typically range from 400 to 680. The range for different editions of a given test may vary because different editions are not of precisely the same difficulty. The differences in ranges among different editions of a given test, however, usually are small. This should be taken into account, especially when comparing two very high scores. In general, differences between scores at the 99th percentile should be ignored. The score conversion table on page 57 shows the score range for this edition of the test only. Subscores are reported as two-digit scaled scores. The maximum possible range of Subject Test subscores is 20 to 99. Like total scores, the actual range of subscores for any test or test edition may be smaller than 20 to 99. The worksheet on page 56 lists the correct answers to the questions. Columns are provided for you to mark whether you chose the correct (C) answer or an incorrect (I) answer to each question. Draw a line across any question you omitted, because it is not counted in the scoring. At the bottom of the page, enter the total number correct and the total number incorrect. Divide the total incorrect by 4 and subtract the resulting number from the total correct. This is the adjustment made for guessing. Then round the result to the nearest whole number. This will give you your raw total score. Use the total score conversion table to find the scaled total score that corresponds to your raw total score. Example: Suppose you chose the correct answers to 91 questions and incorrect answers to 39. Dividing 39 by 4 yields 9.8. Subtracting 9.8 from 91 equals 81.2, which is rounded to 81. The raw score of 81 corresponds to a scaled score of 530. The subscore columns in the worksheet can be similarly used to tally your correct and incorrect responses to the questions that contribute to each subscore. We suggest that you circle the "" if you chose the correct answer, and put a minus sign beside the "" for an incorrect answer. Space is provided at the bottom right of the worksheet to calculate and enter your three raw subscores. The subscore conversion table will show you the scaled subscores that correspond to your raw subscores. BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK 55 Worksheet for the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test, Form GR0022 Answer Key and Percentages* of Examinees Answering Each Question Correctly QUESTION Number Answer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 D A B A E A E B D B E E E C C D C B D A E D E D A A B E D A B C E E B B E D A B A A D C D B A E E B A C D A D C D B A D P+ 76 28 34 65 80 63 79 42 84 54 41 61 47 80 79 56 38 76 51 47 65 6 46 63 11 57 79 67 83 76 32 30 84 33 74 63 60 20 59 25 43 61 48 46 77 50 53 8 60 63 27 57 36 43 38 59 41 65 45 5 TOTAL C I SUBSCORE 1 2 3 QUESTION Number Answer 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 D C A E A A A C D E E C B E B B C B E C B B B B C D D B D E A B E B B A D E B C D D B B C E C C D C B E B A A A D E E E P+ 52 72 50 50 24 71 22 45 59 66 51 54 91 45 54 43 40 35 83 61 47 46 23 30 62 43 58 42 75 51 57 81 12 32 32 35 62 47 55 36 78 45 58 26 28 6 77 33 63 52 32 30 69 83 23 82 47 34 23 89 TOTAL C I SUBSCORE 1 2 3 QUESTION Number Answer 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 B A C D C D A C B C D E B B A C C A B D B A D C E B D A E A C B C B E C D D C B B D C D E C C B E A C B C D B E A C D A P+ 63 81 75 73 20 56 31 37 48 93 96 88 90 57 50 62 70 65 29 18 62 75 64 69 54 38 27 25 41 53 56 50 59 26 58 46 14 26 77 56 67 51 47 50 43 82 60 49 46 48 49 38 51 29 71 28 33 62 82 66 TOTAL C I SUBSCORE 1 2 3 Total Correct (C) Total Incorrect (I) Total Score: C I/4 = ____________ Scaled Score (SS) = ____________ Subscores: 1) C I/4 = ____________ SS = ____________ 2) C I/4 = ____________ SS = ____________ 3) C I/4 = ____________ SS = ____________ *The P+ column indicates the percentage of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test examinees that answered each question correctly; it is based on a sample of December 2000 examinees selected to represent all Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test examinees tested between October 1, 1997, and September 30, 2000. 56 BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK Score Conversions for GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test Form GR0022 and the Percents Below* TOTAL SCORE Raw Score Scaled Score % Raw Score Scaled Score % Score Conversions for GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test Subscores (Use for Form GR0022) SUBSCORES Sub 1 Raw Scores Sub 2 Sub 3 Scaled Score Sub 1 Raw Scores Sub 2 Sub 3 Scaled Score 180 178-179 174-177 171-173 168-170 165-167 162-164 159-161 156-158 153-155 150-152 147-149 144-146 141-143 138-140 134-137 131-133 128-130 125-127 122-124 119-121 116-118 113-115 110-112 107-109 104-106 101-103 98-100 94-97 91-93 860 850 840 830 820 810 800 790 780 770 760 750 740 730 720 710 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 620 610 600 590 580 570 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 98 97 97 96 95 94 92 91 89 87 85 83 80 78 75 73 70 67 64 88-90 85-87 82-84 79-81 76-78 73-75 70-72 67-69 64-66 61-63 57-60 54-56 51-53 48-50 45-47 42-44 39-41 36-38 33-35 30-32 27-29 24-26 21-23 17-20 14-16 11-13 8-10 5-7 2-4 0-1 560 550 540 530 520 510 500 490 480 470 460 450 440 430 420 410 400 390 380 370 360 350 340 330 320 310 300 290 280 270 60 57 53 50 46 43 39 36 32 29 26 23 21 18 15 13 11 9 7 6 4 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 64-65 63 62 61 60 58-59 57 56 55 53-54 52 51 50 49 47-48 46 45 44 43 41-42 40 39 38 37 35-36 34 33 32 30-31 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 31-32 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 65 64 63 62 61 59-60 58 57 56 55 53-54 52 51 50 49 47-48 46 45 44 43 41-42 40 39 38 37 35-36 83 82 81 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 29 28 27 26 24-25 23 22 21 20 18-19 17 16 15 14 12-13 11 10 9 8 6-7 5 4 3 1-2 0 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 7-8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 34 33 32 31 29-30 28 27 26 25 23-24 22 21 20 19 18 16-17 15 14 13 12 10-11 9 8 7 6 4-5 3 2 1 0 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 *Percentage scoring below the scaled score is based on the performance of 9,569 examinees who took the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test between October 1, 1997, and September 30, 2000. BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK 57 Evaluating Your Performance Now that you have scored your test, you may wish to compare your performance with the performance of others who took this test. Both the worksheet on page 56 and the tables on page 57 use performance data from GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test examinees. The data in the worksheet on page 56 are based on the performance of a sample of the examinees who took this test in December 2000. This sample was selected to represent the total population of GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test examinees tested between October 1997 and September 2000. The numbers in the column labeled "P+" on the worksheet indicate the percentages of examinees in this sample who answered each question correctly. You may use these numbers as a guide for evaluating your performance on each test question. The first table on page 57 contains, for each scaled score, the percentage of examinees tested between October 1997 and September 2000 who received lower scores. Interpretive data based on the scores earned by examinees tested in this three-year period will be used by admissions officers in the 2001-02 testing year. These percentages appear in the score conversion table in a column to the right of the scaled scores. For example, in the percentage column opposite the scaled score of 530 is the number 50. This means that 50 percent of the GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test examinees tested between October 1997 and September 2000 scored lower than 530. To compare yourself with this population, look at the percentage next to the scaled score you earned on the practice test. Your three subscores show your relative strengths or weaknesses in the three subfield areas of the GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test. The raw subscores are scaled in such a way that they are related to the total scores on the test. On the average, a person who has a comprehensive background in the field can expect to have subscores equal to about one-tenth of his or her total score. Thus, if you have a total score of 600, and your undergraduate program placed equal emphasis on the three areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology represented by the subscores, you would expect to have a scaled subscore of about 60 in each area. If, however, your subscores differ by more than a few points, you may take this as an indication that your lower score shows weakness, and you may wish to concentrate your review efforts on topics in that area. It is important to realize that the conditions under which you tested yourself were not exactly the same as those you will encounter at a test center. It is impossible to predict how different test-taking conditions will affect test performance, and this is only one factor that may account for differences between your practice test scores and your actual test scores. By comparing your performance on this practice test with the performance of other GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test examinees, however, you will be able to determine your strengths and weaknesses and can then plan a program of study to prepare yourself for taking the GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test under standard conditions. 58 BIOCHEMISTRY, CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEST PRACTICE BOOK ...
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