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AP Biology Course Home Page

This page features the important information and resources you need to implement the redesigned AP Biology course, which went into effect in fall 2012. The AP Biology redesigned 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 level.

Essential Course Resources

Key assets for understanding and teaching the redesigned 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

Beginning in May 2013, the revised AP Biology Exam assesses understanding of biological principles, content, and concepts in combination with science practices. The revised exam continues to feature multiple-choice and free-response questions; however, a new grid-in question type and short free-response questions is included, as described in the AP Biology Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2015 ( .pdf/5.5MB).

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

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Reviews of Teaching Resources

There are currently more than 250 reviews of Biology resources, including textbooks, web sites, software, and more, in the Teachers' Resources area. Each review describes the resource and suggests ways it might be used in the classroom.   

Professional Development

Background on Course and Exam Revisions

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