How to Pass the AP Biology Exam

Instructor: William White
Doing well on the AP Biology Exam can get you credit and/or advanced placement in college. Learn about what's considered a passing score, as well as study resources that'll help you get prepared.

What You Need to Pass the AP Biology Exam

The score that you get on the AP Biology Exam will be on a scale ranging from 1 to 5. A score of 5 is the highest, while 1 is the lowest. A score of at least 3 indicates that you're ready for biology coursework at the introductory level in college. A 2 on the test means that the examinee could possibly be prepared for college-level biology coursework and he or she might still get some credit. A score of 1 rules out the possibility of getting anything. Higher education institutions individually decide what acceptable scores are, but most of them will take scores from 3 to 5.

How Scores Are Determined

Exam scores are based on how well you do on the exam's two sections that are each 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. In the first section, you'll come across 60 multiple choice questions, including discrete questions and questions in sets. The second section of the test includes a total of 6 free-response questions. This includes two long questions (both having to do with interpreting the results of experiments) and 5 short-answer questions. The multiple-choice items are machine-scored, while the free-response ones are reviewed by AP teachers and college faculty members. The raw score you get from the two sections is then converted to your scaled score.

Studying for the Exam

Get ready for the test with's comprehensive AP Biology Exam Prep course. The material is presented through fun, engaging video lessons. You can take a practice quiz with each of these lessons, in addition to chapter exams and a final exam. Feel free to ask instructors any questions you have through the Dashboard.

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