Learn about the AP Biology Exam

AP Biology Test Strategies

Strategies like proper pacing, process of elimination, and recognizing patterns and trends are important to know for the AP Biology exam. We’ve compiled a list of strategies you can use on and off the test to help you feel confident and perform well on test day.

What’s tested on the AP Biology Exam?

The AP Biology course is designed to expose the student to four main ideas: evolution, cellular processes, genetics and information transfer, and interactions. These four big ideas encompass the core principles, theories, and scientific processes that guide the study of life.

AP Biology: Data Questions

Data questions require a slightly greater initial time investment, but don’t let that intimidate you! The key to getting through the Data Questions section of the exam is to be able to analyze quickly and draw a conclusion from data presented.

AP Biology Quiz

In order to track your progress in preparing for the AP Biology Exam, it’s important to take quizzes and practice tests from time to time. You can start with this five-question quiz that covers several of the topics you’ll see on the AP Biology Exam.

AP Biology Notes: Structures of Life

Check out our AP Biology Structures of Life key definitions and takeaways. You’ll find a printable version of the notes that you can save, take notes on, and use to supplement your learning in class.

AP Biology Free Response Practice Questions

The second portion of the AP Biology test is the Free Response Section. In this section, you will have 80 minutes to answer eight questions (2 long and 6 short). Practice is crucial to divide your time efficiently.

AP Biology Multiple Choice Practice Questions

In the multiple choice section of the AP Biology test, you will have 90 minutes to answer 63 multiple choice questions and 6 grid-in items. The multiple choice questions are composed of two types of questions, stand alone and data questions.

AP Biology Prep Resources

Kaplan has a variety of prep resources available for the AP Biology Exam. Check out your test prep options for AP Bio and many other AP exams.

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