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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. 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! 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 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.

Other Core Resources

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 2015 (.pdf/5.8MB)

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

A full Practice Exam is available for all AP Biology teachers in a secure location. Sign in to AP 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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