AP Biology

All The Information You Need to Ace the Exam


Tips Before Starting the Class:

College Board Exam Tips: Directly from the college board website. Here is all the information you need to know to be prepared. Since, the creators of the College Board know most of the test information, almost all of their advice is credible.

Best Textbook Alternatives: (Will Not Lead to Information Overload)

Mrs. Chou’s PowerPoints: These Power Points  are ideal high quality notes that are much more useful than the AP Chemistry textbook. These power points stress all the important graphics and images that will be assessed on the AP exam. In addition, they contain important explanations and conceptual understanding of facts. They are detailed enough to include all the information covered in the exam but are not redundant and don’t carry worthless information that the textbook includes. Not only will these notes save you time, they will prevent you from getting into information overload mode and thus better prepare you for the exam.

Best Books to Buy Now:

For many exams, buying a practice book can make studying for the exam much easier. Some people specifically like the old fashion way of studying materials from a book and being able to take notes. The thing is not all books are good candidates for being prep books. The best books are those whose material matches that of the College Boards material. In many cases prep books might be rushed in order to match specific deadlines. Never rely on Amazon or Google’s ratings as many test prep companies pay those engines to put their material first. For example, although Barron’s test prep is a good company to use, they are always going to appear first on search results because they bid the most to be put up first.

Most importantly, don’t forget to let your books accompany you all throughout your course so you don’t procrastinate.

Barron’s AP Art Biology Booklet:

  • Covers only the material that you need to know concisely
  • Great graphs, images, and details
  • Includes practice images and a sample glossary.

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CliffNotes Study Book:

  • Unique analysis and critical thinking
  • Covers the important aspects of curriculum
  • Detailed and to the point just like the exam

Stop Thinking Excessively and Study Well




Best Places to Study Before a Test

Albert.io Practice Problems: [MC practice] Although you might need to buy a full access subscription to this site, even the preview problems (there are a lot of them) are very effective in testing out individual concepts needed for preparation on the exam. This is ideal practice for MC problems

College Board FRQs:  [FRQ practice] These FRQs are from former exams. They are top quality material to use for studying because their format and style will match that of the AP Exam.

FRQ Writing Tips: This is definitely a great worksheet that explains how to get passed the grading method with FRQ questions using little knowledge. Mathematically speaking the information on this sheet are more valuable than time studied doing FRQs because a well written FRQ will stand out much more than one that is not well written.


Best Flashcards

Quizlet Flash Cards: This set of Study cards focuses less on memorization and more on conceptual understanding which is the most important thing to review for the AP Exam.

Pre-made: I don’t recommend buying flashcards for every exam because they are just not always necessary, however for the AP Biology exam, I highly recommend buying them because terms and definitions are very important and will definitely be tested on the FRQ portion of the exam. Many teachers will tell their students not to focus on vocabulary because it is not tested in the MC portion of the exam, however it is still important on the FRQ. Buying flashcards is the best way to get used to using the terms the college board wants you to use. Thus while writing the FRQ, the terms will immediately be stuck in your head just like the lyrics of your favorite songs.

Best AP Exam Practice Tests

College Board FRQs: These FRQs are from former exams. They are top quality material to use for studying because their format and style will match that of the AP Exam.

Varsity Tutors MC Practice: These MC questions are very comprehensive and match a lot of those used on former exams. They also test both concepts and facts.

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Best Study Guides

Study Packet This set of notes contains all the necessary information to easily access before taking the AP Exam. If you still don’t get the information, try some of the videos or seek help from a teacher.

Best Video Series (Use if you ever get stuck on a concept)

Bozeman Science Videos: This website is very easy to browse and contains very useful videos on all the topics covered in the exam.

More Study Material


Exam Format:

63 Multiple-Choice Questions  with 6 Math Grid ins (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

2 Long Free-Response Questions with 6 Short Free-Response Questions (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

Exam Date: Monday May 14th, 2018