AP Biology


This is a directory of the highest quality free Internet resources for your AP Biology review. Our main focus is on identifying the best AP Biology practice tests that are available online, and providing links along with detailed descriptions. We also link to the best websites that offer AP Biology notes, outlines, free response questions, multiple choice, and study guides.

AP Biology Practice Exams

AP Bio Practice.  Learnerator has hundreds of free practice questions, organized by topic. These are some very challenging questions that are great for your exam prep.

College Board 1999 Exam.  This is the 1999 AP Biology Exam that was released by the College Board. Includes answers for multiple choice along with great explanations for the essay questions.

Biology (Mader) 8th Edition.  These are huge interactive practice quizzes for each of the 50 chapters in this textbook. An awesome resource even if your class doesn’t use this book.  Select your chapter and then click on “Multiple Choice Quiz.” If you’re not sure which chapter you need, check the Table of Contents to find the right topic.

Biology (Mader) 10th Editon.  Select chapter, then ”Post Test.” Table of Contents.

Varsity Tutors Practice.  A total of 38 free AP Biology practice tests. Each test has 12 questions and is ranked for difficulty as well.

My Max Score.  A complete AP Biology practice test with 100 multiple choice questions and 4 AP Biology free response questions. The explanations for all of the questions are extremely detailed and helpful.

AP Biology Practice Test.  This site has 30 good multiple choice questions in an interactive test format.

Mrs. Dotson’s Practice Questions.  A variety of multiple choice practice questions.

AP Biology Notes

Lecture Outlines.  An amazing set of AP Biology notes based on Campbell Biology 7th Edition. Covers 55 chapters/topics. Just choose the topic you want and click on the magnifying glass next to it. MS Word format.

Bio Review Notes.  Comprehensive review of all topics covered on the exam.

PowerPoint Notes.  A great collection of notes based on Campbell’s Biology textbook.

More PowerPoint Notes.  Another nice set of AP Bio PowerPoint notes, organized alphabetically by topic.

Unit Review Sheets and AP Bio Topics.  Very thorough notes for each major unit.

AP Biology Free Response


College Board Listing.  All free response questions and scoring guidelines from 1999 to 2012. For 2013 click here. Definitely review these to get an idea of what to expect on your exam.

Mrs. Speirs Tips and FRQ Tips and Do’s & Don’ts.  If you are looking for great tips and strategies for answering your AP Biology free response questions, then be sure to take a look at these 3 documents.

Exam Essay Trends.  Cool chart showing biology frq trends from 1987 to 2004.

AP Biology Outlines

Course Notes Outline.  Very thorough AP Bio outlines based on the 7th edition of Campbell Biology.

AP Exam Review Outline.  Outlines covering all 55 chapters of Campbell Biology (8th edition).

Mader Textbook Outline.  Complete AP Biology outlines in MS Word format for the 10th Edition of Biology, by Sylvia S. Mader.

AP Biology Videos

HippoCampus Videos.  A free online AP Biology course. Animated videos covering every topic. Go to Presentations menu and then click on “Biology for AP” to start.

Highest-Rated AP Biology Study Guides from Amazon

CliffsNotes AP Biology, Fourth Edition.  The CliffsNotes book has been the most popular AP Biology study guide for years. This is the brand new 4th edition, updated for the latest course revisions. Includes 2 full length practice exams.

Barron’s AP Biology with CD-ROM, 4th Edition.  The Barron’s book has also been updated for the all-new AP Biology exam. Excellent reviews of each subject along with 2 full-length practice exams in the book and 2 more on the CD.

About the Exam

The AP Biology course is the equivalent of an introductory two-semester college biology course. It is designed for students who have already completed one year of high school biology and one year of chemistry. The four “Big Ideas” covered in the course are:

1.) The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

2.) Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.

3.) Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.

4.) Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

The focus of the course is on understanding concepts rather than memorizing technical details and terminology. Laboratory work is a required element of all AP Bio courses, with an emphasis on the scientific method, problem solving, and research techniques.

The AP Biology Exam format is:
Multiple-Choice (90 minutes, 50% of final grade)
-63 multiple choice questions and 6 grid-in questions
Free-Response (90 minutes including a 10 minute reading period, 50% of final grade)
-2 long free-response essay questions and 6 short free-response questions

When is the AP Biology Exam?

The AP Biology Exam date for the 2013/2014 school year is Monday, May 12th 2014 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.