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

AP Biology Practice Test. Hundreds of multiple choice questions, all organized by topic. These are online quizzes with answers and detailed explanations.

Official Practice Test. This is the 2013 practice test published by the College Board. Be sure to review this one!

Barron’s Online Test. A totally free online practice test. Follows current format of the exam and has multiple choice questions, grid-in questions, and free response essay questions.

AP Biology Math Review. Be sure to check out these 15 grid-in practice problems. Includes detailed solutions!

College Board 1999 Exam. This is the 1999 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 Edition. Another set of textbook practice questions. Select chapter, then “Post Test.” Table of Contents.

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

Varsity Tutors. A huge set with over 2,000 free practice questions! Questions are sorted by topic and include a wide variety of biology topics as well as supporting chemistry concepts.

AP Biology Notes

PDF Notes. A great collection of PDF lecture slides!

Lecture Slides. A nice set of AP Bio PowerPoint notes from Mrs. Chou, organized by chapters of the Campbell textbook. Check out her midterm review slides as well.

AP Bio Topics. Very thorough AP Biology notes for each of the major units.

Exam Review. A 27-page cram packet that hits on all the key concepts.

AP Biology Free Response

College Board Listing. All AP Biology free response questions and scoring guidelines for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. For prior years click here. Definitely review these to get an idea of what to expect on your exam.

AP Biology Writing Tips. This 2-page PDF includes a lot of great strategies in a very concise manner.

Do’s & Don’ts. If you’re looking for great tips and strategies for answering your AP Biology free response questions, then be sure to take a look at this one.

How to Write a Good AP Biology Essay. There’s some great advice here!

Free Response Tips. A total of 24 slides that cover all the basic strategies.

AP Biology Videos

Bozeman Science. These AP Biology videos from Bozeman Science cover the key topics with 56 short videos. A great way to review concepts you’re struggling with.

Khan Academy. The Khan Academy has a fantastic online AP Biology class. Includes videos covering the whole course plus practice questions.

Final Exam Review. A great 33-minute review of the key concepts on the exam.

Highest-Rated Study Guides from Amazon

CliffsNotes AP Biology, 5th Edition. The CliffsNotes book has been the most popular AP Biology study guide for years. This is the brand new 5th edition, updated for the latest course revisions. Includes 2 full length practice exams.

Barron’s AP Biology with CD-ROM, 6th Edition. The Barron’s book has also been updated for the new 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 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 exam date for the 2017/2018 school year is Monday, May 14th 2018 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.