AP Biology

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About the Exam

Important: Because of school closures due to COVID-19, we’re offering at-home testing for the 2020 AP Biology Exam as well as free resources to help you prepare. For more details, visit the 2020 AP Coronavirus Updates AP Biology exam page. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Students pages.

The AP Biology Exam will test your understanding of the biological concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to utilize the scientific method and analyze data. You are allowed to use a four-function calculator (with square root), scientific, or graphing functions throughout the exam.

Exam Duration
3hrs

Exam Dates

  • Mon, May 18, 2020,
    2 PM ET

    AP Biology Exam

    May 18, 2020 is the updated date for the AP Biology Exam.

Exam Components

60 questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score

The multiple-choice section includes individual, single questions as well as sets of questions that refer to the same diagram or data presentation.

Questions will test your ability to:

  • Explain biological concepts, processes, and models
  • Analyze diagrams, flow charts, and other visual representations
  • Use the scientific method
  • Perform mathematical calculations to analyze data
  • Support scientific claims with evidence

6 questions 1hr 30mins 50% of Score

The free-response section includes two long free-response questions and four short-answer questions.

Questions will test your ability to:

  • Interpret and evaluate results from an experiment
  • Graph and analyze data
  • Understand the principles and procedures of lab investigations
  • Predict the causes or effects of a change in a biological system
  • Analyze a visual representation of a biological phenomenon

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