AP Biology

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Advanced Placement Biology (AP Biology or AP Bio), is an Advanced Placement biology course and exam offered by the College Board. For the 2012–2013 school year, the College Board unveiled a new curriculum with a greater focus on "scientific practices."[1]

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue an interest in the life sciences. The College Board recommends successful completion of high school biology and high school chemistry[2] before commencing AP Biology, although the actual prerequisites vary from school to school and from state to state.

Topics outline[edit]

Topics covered by this course include:

In addition to the standard biology topics above, students are required to be familiar with a set of 12 specific biology labs, as well as general lab procedure.

Exam[edit]

Students are allowed to use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator.[3]

General composition[edit]

  • Molecules and cells, 25%
  • Heredity and evolution, 25%
  • Organisms and populations, 50%

Multiple choice (50% of score)[edit]

  • 69 Questions in 90 Minutes
    • 63 multiple choice
    • 6 short answer questions

Free response (50% of score)[edit]

  • 8 questions in 90 minutes
    • 2 essay prompts
    • 6 shorter essays

Score distribution[edit]

Score 2013[4] 2014[5] 2015[6] 2016[7] 2017[8] 2018[9]
5 5.5% 6.6% 6.4% 6.6% 6.4% 7.1%
4 21.6% 22.4% 22.1% 21% 21% 21.5%
3 36.2% 35.2% 35.9% 33.6% 36.7% 32.9%
2 29.3% 27.1% 27.5% 28.8% 27.5% 28.5%
1 7.4% 8.7% 8.2% 10.1% 8.4% 10%
% of 3 or higher 63.3% 64.2% 64.3% 61.1% 64.1% 61.5%
Mean 2.88 2.91 2.91 2.85 2.9 2.87
Number of students 203,189 213,294 223,479 238,080 254,270 259,663

Commonly used textbooks[edit]

  • Mader, Biology, AP Edition by Sylvia Mader (2012, Hardcover ISBN 0076620042)
  • Life: The Science Of Biology (Sadava, Heller, Orians, Purves, and Hillis, ISBN 978-0-7167-7671-0)
  • Campbell Biology AP Ninth Edition (Reece, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, and Andrew Jackson ISBN 978-0131375048)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AP Biology Curriculum Framework
  2. ^ "AP Biology". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "AP Biology". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  4. ^ Total Registration. "2013 AP Exam Score Distributions". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ Total Registration. "2014 AP Exam Score Distributions". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. ^ Total Registration. "2015 AP Exam Score Distributions". Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ Total Registration. "2016 AP Exam Score Distributions". www.totalregistration.net. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  8. ^ Total Registration. "2017 AP Exam Score Distributions". www.totalregistration.net. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  9. ^ https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/research/2018/Student-Score-Distributions-2018.pdf

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