AP Biology Archived Free-Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

Download free-response questions from past exams along with scoring guidelines, sample responses from exam takers, and scoring distributions.

Because of updates to the AP Biology course and exam design after the 2019 exam, FRQs from 2019 and earlier may not directly reflect the format of questions which will appear on the 2021 and future exams. Please see the course and exam description for the most up-to-date exam format and sample questions.

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2019: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

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2018: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

 

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2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sample Responses Q1

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2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sample Responses Q1

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2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sample Responses Q1

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2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sample Responses Q1

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Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Sample Responses Q8

Score Distributions

 

2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

 

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Sample Responses Q4

Sample Responses Q5

Sample Responses Q6

Sample Responses Q7

Sample Responses Q8

Score Distributions

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