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The Biology Exam Content

Exam Information (AP Biology Exam from spring 2012 and prior)
Exam Content

The Topic Outline in the Course Description provides details about the content on the exam. About 25 percent of the multiple-choice questions are likely to be on the subject areas listed under Area I (molecules and cells). Similarly, one of the four essay questions will also be taken from that area; another question will be on Area II (heredity and evolution); and the remaining two questions will be on Area III (organisms and populations). In answering any of the four free-response questions, students may need to analyze and interpret data or information drawn from lab experience (as well as from lecture material) or to integrate material from different areas of the course.

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.
AP Biology Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2012 (.pdf/490KB)

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Biology Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Student Performance Q&A for past administrations.

Important Note About the "Form B" Exams
Because of the worldwide growth of the AP Program and the administration of exams in multiple time zones, another version of the AP Biology Exam, called "Form B," may be administered in order to maintain security.

Free-Response Questions 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999-2002


2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2011: Form B

Questions

Scoring

Samples and Commentary

Score Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4


2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Score Distributions


2010: Form B

Questions

Scoring

Samples and Commentary

Grade Distributions

All Questions

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4


2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Grade Distributions


2009: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4


2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Grade Distributions


2008: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4


2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Grade Distributions


2007: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4



2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Grade Distributions


2006: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4


2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Grade Distributions


2005: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses


2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Grade Distributions


2004: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4


2003: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Grade Distributions


2003: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4



Important Note: PDF Files
The links to exam questions for this course are in Adobe® PDF format, and you will need to use the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® to view them. If you don't have Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher installed on your computer, choose the link for the Adobe Web site below for installation instructions. For help downloading and printing PDF files, choose the link "PDF Troubleshooting" below in "See also."


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