The AP Biology Exam consists of questions that assess students’
understanding of the big ideas, enduring understandings, essential
knowledge and the ways in which this understanding can be applied
through the biological science practices.
The AP Biology test is given by The College Board which is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
This exam is available to all but is especially relevant to juniors and senior high school students.
Schedule a meeting with your school counselor or a teacher to learn about the process for taking this exam including deadlines for signing up for courses at your school.
There are many reasons to take AP courses but many students choose the AP Biology exam to set themselves apart in college admission and to earn the college credit and placement that come with a successful exam score.
The exam is 3 hours long and includes both a 90-minute multiple-
choice section and a 90-minute free-response section that begins with a
10-minute reading period. The multiple-choice section accounts for half
of the student’s exam grade, and the free-response section accounts for the