AP Biology Exam Date

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The AP Biology Exam tests your knowledge of concepts covered in your AP Biology course, such as genetics, animal reproduction and human anatomy, as well as your ability to interpret scientific data. Read on to learn when the exam is given, how to sign up and what you'll need on test day.

Test Date for the AP Biology Exam

The 2016 AP Biology Exam is held on May 9 at 8 a.m. In general, regular AP exams are held during the first two weeks of May, while make-up exams are held during the third week. Most exams are offered at either 8 a.m. or noon.

Registration Dates and Deadlines

Students who take an AP Biology course through their high school can contact their AP coordinator or teacher about ordering and paying for the test. College Board, the organization that administers the exam, recommends doing so in January.

If you attend a school that doesn't offer AP courses or you are homeschooled, you can still take the exam at a participating school. The stipulation is that you must contact AP services by March 1. AP Services will provide you with the names of local AP coordinators willing to administer the exam for you. You must contact these individuals by March 15.

Special testing accommodations are also made for students with disabilities. However, you'll need to contact your school's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinator and submit an online application for any accommodations by February 19th, since the approval process can take up to seven weeks.

What to Expect on Test Day

On the day of the AP Biology Exam, you must bring a valid photo ID and your Student Accommodation Letter, if applicable. Students who've set up a testing appointment at another school through an AP coordinator will need to make sure they know the school code for the school they attend, not the one they're tested at. No. 2 pencils, pens with blue or black ink and an approved calculator are also among the materials required on test day.

Once admitted to the test, you'll have 90 minutes to complete each section of the AP Biology Exam. The first section includes 63 multiple-choice questions and six questions that require the answer to be written in a grid. The second section is free response with a total of eight questions.

Preparing for the Exam

Students looking for resources to help them study for the AP Biology Exam might consider the AP Biology Exam Prep course from This study guide includes video lessons and quizzes addressing of all the major topics covered on the test. These materials can be accessed from your home computer and any mobile device. You also have the option of contacting instructors for assistance during your studies.

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