AP Biology

Course Updates November 2014

Three Weeks Remaining!

After this week, we only have three weeks left in the course. Please do your best to make sure your remaining assignments are high quality and submitted on time for the last benchmark of November 21st.

Make sure you look over your grades daily and check for any errors. If you see a mistake, please send me an email or give me a call as soon as possible. Final grades will not be calculated until after the course closes on December 5th. Students, parents, and facilitators will have access to final grades in registration on December 12th.

Important Dates

  • November 21: Assignment Due Date
  • December 3-4: Final Exam
  • December 5: Course Ends
  • December 12: Final Grades Available in Registration
  • January 5: Spring Term Begins
  • May 11: AP Biology Exam

Interested in Bonus Points?

Shmoop Bonus

Log into Shmoop and complete the provided review activities. For every 10 Shmoints earned, students can get 5% bonus points toward any exam. Make sure you are enrolled in our Shmoop AP Biology 2014 so that I can review your results and give you credit. Bonus Shmoints must be earned before 11:59pm December 2, 2014.

Final Exams Begin December 3rd!

Students must complete the final exam between Wednesday, December 3rd and Thursday, December 4th. No exceptions or extensions. The final exam counts for 20% of the final average and all students must take the final exam.

The final exam is timed and students should take prepare to take the complete exam in one session. Section I consists of 63 multiple-choice questions and 6 calculation questions. Section II includes both short and long free-response questions. For the short answer questions, 2-4 sentences should be appropriate. For the long answer questions, 1-2 paragraphs are expected. Check out this resource for tips!

Study Tips... How to study for the final exam

The first thing you need to do is READ! You don’t have to read the chapter paragraph by paragraph, page by page, but you do need to make sure you understand the content as presented in your text for every concept discussed. Use the chapter summaries to as a guide for your reading.

Use the Self Quizzes and Practice Tests available in your etext to help you review your strengths and weaknesses for each chapter. You should also look at the chapter questions and concept checks throughout the chapters to help you prepare for the free response questions.


Study resources, such as Shmoop and Quizlet, are available to you for fun review. And the best resource is each other! Use the discussion forum to share ideas, ask questions, and make arrangements to review the content together. If you would like to set up additional times throughout the week to work together and study, let me know! Our “classroom” is open 24-7!

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May 11, 2015 8:00am is the day you will show the world that you are a master of Biology!


The AP Biology Exam consists of multiple choice, calculation, and free response questions. All sections include questions that assess your understanding of the big ideas, enduring understandings, essential knowledge, and your application of these through the science practices.


Section I: Multiple-Choice (1 hour 30 minutes)

Part A consists of 63 multiple-choice questions that represent the knowledge and science practices that you should understand and be able to apply. Part B includes 6 grid-in questions that require the integration of science and mathematical skills. For the grid-in responses, you will need to calculate the correct answer for each question and enter it in a grid on that section of the answer sheet. Be sure to be familiar with the provided formula sheet.


Section II: Free-Response (1 hour 30 minutes)

You should use the mandatory reading period to read and review the questions and begin planning your responses. This section contains of 8 free-response questions (2 long and 6 short), and you will have a total of 80 minutes to complete all of the questions.

More about the AP Biology Exam

Use this link to review information from the College Board about the AP Biology Exam.

AP Biology Exam Bookmap

This bookmap shows how questions and space for answers generally are distributed throughout the Section II exam booklet.

Georgia Milestones EOC

Students who are taking AP Biology as their biology graduation requirement must also take the EOC. If you are a public school student, please check with your school counselor to make sure you are registered to take the EOC.

Please contact me if you need specific EOC study tips and resources.