The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. ~Claude Levi-Strauss, 1964

AP Bio - Course Details

What is this course about?

As you are probably aware, College Board has changed the AP Biology curriculum, effective beginning the 2012-2013 school year.  The new exam revolves around four "big ideas", each of which are broken into "enduring understandings", and "essential knowledge".  Additionally, a set of learning objectives are identified that describe science skills the student should be able to demonstrate. 

Full details of the course objectives and requirements are available for download here.  Pages 104-116 provide a useful summary.

The Test Format

Section Question Type Number of Questions Timing
I Part A:  Multiple Choice 63 90 minutes
Part B: Grid-In 6
II Long Free Response 2 80 minutes + 10-minute reading period
Short Free Response 6



The Big Ideas

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