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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking the Exams for the latest exam information.

New Practice Exams
Three new AP Biology practice exams are available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank.

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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Biology Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Biology student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • MON, MAY 18, 2020, 2 PM ET

    AP Biology Exam Day


Exam Format

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the AP Biology Exam will have question types and point values that will remain stable and consistent from year to year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day.

Exam Updates

2019 Exam Starting with the 2020 Exam

Section I: Multiple Choice

69 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

- Discrete questions.
- Questions in sets.
- The multiple-choice section currently includes 6 grid-in questions.

Section I: Multiple Choice

60 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam

- Discrete questions.
- Questions in sets.
- Grid-in questions have been
removed. (Note that multiple-choice
questions still assess mathematical

Section II: Free Response

8 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

- 2 long questions, one of which is lab- or data-based

- 6 short-answer questions, each requiring a paragraph-length argument/response

Section II: Free Response

6 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

- 2 long questions, both focusing on interpreting and evaluating experimental results (one requires graphing)

- 4 short-answer questions

o Scientific Investigation

o Conceptual Analysis

o Analysis of Model or Visual Representation

o Analysis of Data

Exam Tasks and Content

Section 1: Multiple Choice

  • Individual questions
  • Sets of questions with 4–5 questions per set

Section 2: Free Response

  • There are 2 long questions and 4 short-answer questions. Long questions are worth 8–10 points each; short-answer questions are worth 4 points each.
  • The long questions ask students to:
    • Interpret and evaluate experimental results
    • Interpret and evaluate experimental results with graphing
  • The short-answer questions assess students’ understanding of the following:
    • Scientific investigation
    • Conceptual analysis
    • Analysis of a model or visual representation
    • Data analysis

AP Calculator Policy and Equations and Formulas Sheet

A four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator may be used on the exam.

Calculator Policies and Approved Calculators

Students are permitted to use the AP Biology Equations and Formulas Sheet on the exam. This resource is also available in Appendix A of the CED.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.