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AP Biology Course Home Page

An updated AP Biology Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2015, featuring changes to the curriculum framework, is now available for the 2015-16 AP Biology course and exam. The changes in this revised version 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 in the revised version, see the chart on pages v-vii of the new document.

Please continue to use the current course and exam description this winter and spring as you prepare your students for the 2015 exam.

Welcome, AP Teachers! This page features the important information and resources you need to implement the AP Biology course. The AP Biology course reduces breadth, shifts the instructional emphasis from content to skills, and promotes the complex thinking and reasoning skills essential for in-depth study at the college and university level.

Essential Course Resources

Key assets for understanding and teaching the course
  • AP Biology Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2012
    Course Overview (.pdf/555KB) | Full Course Description (.pdf/3.5MB)
    For the 2014-15 school year.
  • AP Biology Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2015
    Full Course Description (.pdf/5.8MB)
    For the 2015-16 year and beyond. For information on revisions, see pages v-vii.
  • AP Biology Lab Manual Resource Center
    Information, links, and resources relating to the AP Biology lab manual. Includes downloadable PDF of AP Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach.
  • AP Biology Quantitative Skills Guide (.pdf/3.9MB)
    Contains an overview of the quantitative skills included in the course, and on the exam. Provides numerous links to online activities.

AP Biology Course Planning and Pacing Guides

Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Biology curriculum across one academic year. Each author brings a unique perspective to approaching the course based on his or her teaching context (e.g., demographics, schedule, school type, setting), and presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.

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AP Exam Information and Resources

The AP Biology Exam assesses understanding of biological principles, content, and concepts in combination with science practices. The exam features multiple-choice and free-response questions, a new grid-in question type, and short free-response questions, as described in the AP Biology Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2012 (.pdf/3.5MB)

Visit, A Guide to Demonstrating Understanding on the revised AP Biology Exam for additional support. April, 2014

A full Practice Exam reflecting the new course is available for all AP Biology teachers in a secure location. Sign in to your course audit account for access.

AP Course Audit Information

Syllabus Development Guide, Sample Syllabi, and more.

Classroom Resources

A diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies

Professional Development

Background on Course and Exam Revisions

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