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1 About the AP Biology Exam

2 Why take the AP Exam? Students who take the AP Exam… Stand out in the college admissions process! Earn academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities Earn academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities Experience college-level academics now, while they're still in high school Experience college-level academics now, while they're still in high school

3 Save time and money once they get to college, providing them with more study options and allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses in their field of interest Save time and money once they get to college, providing them with more study options and allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses in their field of interest Earn AP Scholar Awards, an academic distinction granted each September by the College Board to students with exemplary AP Exam grades Earn AP Scholar Awards, an academic distinction granted each September by the College Board to students with exemplary AP Exam grades

4 Cost of the exam: $87 $87

5 Length of exam:

6 Number of sections:

7 Section I: Multiple Choice Time: 90 minutes Time: 90 minutes Number of questions: 69 Number of questions: 69 Percent of Overall Score: 50% Percent of Overall Score: 50% Correct answer: +1 point Correct answer: +1 point NO GUESSING PENALTY NO GUESSING PENALTY No answer: 0 points No answer: 0 points

8 4 Answer choices instead of 5! A.B.C.D.

9 6 Grid-in Questions Assess math skills Assess math skills

10 You can use a simple, 4- function calculator (including square root) on the test. No Scientific Calculators!

11 Percentage of Questions by Topic Molecules and Cells: 25% Molecules and Cells: 25% Heredity and Evolution: 25% Heredity and Evolution: 25% Organisms and Populations: 50% Organisms and Populations: 50%

12 Section II: Free Response Time: 90 minutes (After a 10 minute reading period) Time: 90 minutes (After a 10 minute reading period) Number of Questions: 8 Number of Questions: 8 Percentage of score: 50% Percentage of score: 50%

13 Reading Period Green Book Green Book 10 minutes 10 minutes Read the questions and organize response Read the questions and organize response Can refer to green book when writing essays Can refer to green book when writing essays

14 Essays Blue book (Can refer to green book) Blue book (Can refer to green book) 90 minutes for 8 90 minutes for 8 Each essay scored 0-10 points Each essay scored 0-10 points 50% of total exam grade 50% of total exam grade Each question weighted equally Each question weighted equally

15 Scoring of the exam: 5 = Extremely well qualified 5 = Extremely well qualified 4 = Well qualified 4 = Well qualified 3 = Qualified 3 = Qualified 2 = Possibly qualified 2 = Possibly qualified 1 = No recommendation 1 = No recommendation

16 Test is scored it June

17 Results available in July

18 Credit for universities Each university sets its own guidelines for credit or placement. Each university sets its own guidelines for credit or placement. Some universities give full or partial credit hours for qualifying scores on the AP exam Some universities give full or partial credit hours for qualifying scores on the AP exam You can research how an individual university handles AP credit at You can research how an individual university handles AP credit at

19 Local universities: UCR = gives credit for AP exam (elective) UCR = gives credit for AP exam (elective) CSUSB = gives credit and advanced placement in sequence of courses CSUSB = gives credit and advanced placement in sequence of courses

20 To help you prepare Unit tests will consist of AP exam-type questions Unit tests will consist of AP exam-type questions There will be one essay on each unit test and you will have 22.5 minutes to write it There will be one essay on each unit test and you will have 22.5 minutes to write it You will learn how to score AP essays (which will help you write them!) You will learn how to score AP essays (which will help you write them!) You will use released test questions to review You will use released test questions to review


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