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Exam Information (AP Biology Exam from spring 2012 and prior)

Exam Content

The Topic Outline in the Course and Exam Description provides details about the content on the exam. About 25 percent of the multiple-choice questions are likely to be on the subject areas listed under Area I (molecules and cells). Similarly, one of the four essay questions will also be taken from that area; another question will be on Area II (heredity and evolution); and the remaining two questions will be on Area III (organisms and populations). In answering any of the four free-response questions, students may need to analyze and interpret data or information drawn from lab experience (as well as from lecture material) or to integrate material from different areas of the course.

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course and Exam Description (.pdf/490KB).

Past Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Biology Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Student Performance Q&A for past administrations.

Important Note About the "Form B" Exams

Because of the worldwide growth of the AP Program and the administration of exams in multiple time zones, another version of the AP Biology Exam, called "Form B," may be administered in order to maintain security.

 

 
2011: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
 
2010: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions
 
Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
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Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
 
2009: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions
 
Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
 
2008: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
 
2007: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4

 
2006: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
 
2005: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions
All Questions Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary
Sample Responses