AP Biology

    Prerequisite: Living Environment and Chemistry

    This course is the equivalent of a college level biology class.  Students will develop higher-level critical thinking skills, and learn how to research and distill information.  Students will take the AP Exam in May and have the opportunity to earn college credit, as well as becoming better prepared for college courses through taking this class.  An AP Biology course is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology.
    Course topics:   Introduction, Evolution, Cells and Homeostasis, Capturing and Using Energy, Biological Responses, Genetics, Transmission, Systems and Populations, and Change and Biodiversity.  AP Biology is an in-depth study of biological principles, including scientific experimentation and science as a way of knowing.  The course is designed to build enduring understandings of science principles and practices and to assist students in developing an appreciation for the study of life and help them identify and understand unifying scientific principles.  


    AP courses culminate in an exam during the first week of May.  The exam will be Monday May 9, 2016.   These exams are scored on a 1-5 basis, and allow students an opportunity to earn college credit. Most colleges award credit for scores 3-5.  The exam consists of the following:


    Exam questions are based on learning objectives, which combine science practices with specific content. Students learn to

    • Solve problems mathematically — including symbolically
    • Design and describe experiments and analyze data and sources of error
    • Explain, reason, or justify answers with emphasis on deeper, conceptual understanding
    • Interpret and develop conceptual models

    Due to the increased emphasis on quantitative skills and application of mathematical methods in the questions, students are allowed to use simple four-function calculators (with square root) on the entire exam. Students also receive a formula list as part of their testing materials.

    Format of Assessment

    Section I: Multiple Choice | 69 Questions | 90 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

    • Multiple-Choice: 63 Questions
      • Discrete Questions
      • Questions in sets
    • Grid-In: 6 Questions
      • Discrete Questions
      • Questions integrate biology and mathematical skills

    Section II: Free Response | 8 Questions | 90 minutes | 50% of Exam Score

    • Long Free Response (2 questions, one of which is lab or data-based)
    • Short Free Response (6 questions, each requiring a paragraph-length argument/response)
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