Submitted by Traci
I started by reviewing the manual at http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/3213/6577/2883/life_science_7_12_238.pdf, making notes of the domains and their percentages on the test.
Once I understood what I needed to know, I began watching Crash Course Biology on YouTube. I loved this series - free and really engaging.
Once I registered for the exam, I counted 6 days prior to administration and signed up for 5 days of free Study.com, which was AMAZING! I would have happily paid the $59 to use it for a month of prep once I saw what it offered. I started this 5 day free trial taking the practice test at the end of the manual cited in the .pdf link above and used the questions I got wrong to use Study.com's tutorials in those areas.
I also purchased the book Biology for Dummies, which was practically of no use whatsoever.
I ALSO typed a test prep link in these test suggestions that re-routed me to Exam Edge. The tests were terrible, terrible, terrible - they were not understandable, super punitive and not at all representive of what was on the test.
The test was more or less what I expected, but I was not confident leaving the testing center. It took me a full 3 hours to complete the 100 questions and I had a ton that I have flagged for review and had to give a best guess.
Once completing the ones I knew for sure, I went back and read the ones I was not sure of. Two questions that I did not know had "hints" later in the test in additional questions, so this approach certainly improved my score.
I was thrilled to score a 280!