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Important Updates

An updated AP Biology Course and Exam Description, June 2015 (.pdf/4.88MB), featuring changes to the curriculum framework, is now available. The changes include more precise language, corrections, and the addition of three new learning objectives supporting Big Idea 2. There will be no changes to the design of the 2016 exam. For more information on what changed, see the chart on pages v-vii of the PDF.

Welcome, AP Teachers! AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes  energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.

Essential Course Resources

AP Biology Course and Exam Description (PDF/4.88MB) — June 2015

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP Program in general.

The AP Biology Lab Manual Resource Center gives information, links, and resources relating to the AP Biology lab manual. It includes a downloadable PDF of AP Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach.

Essential Exam Resources

The Exam Information page describes the current exam and provides access to former test questions.

The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.

You can access a full practice exam by logging in to your Course Audit account.

Access online score reports for your students.

AP Course Audit Information

The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements for AP courses. All schools wishing to label a course AP must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has resources to support syllabus development.

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.

Classroom Resources

The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.

The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.

The AP Biology Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

Course and Exam Redesign

The AP Biology Course and Exam were redesigned in 2012. The Key Goals of Course Revisions (.pdf/133KB) were informed by the Consortium of Experts (.pdf/349KB) and the Higher Education Validation for Biology (.pdf/378KB).

College Board Store

Find AP Biology publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Biology.

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