AP Biology Exam 2020

Makeup test date and times

Date: June 3

Hawaii Time: 10 a.m.

Alaska Time: 12 p.m.

Pacific Time: 1 p.m.

Mountain Time: 2 p.m.

Central Time: 3 p.m.

Eastern Time: 4 p.m.

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Exam conflicts

If you have two makeup exams at the same time, you’ll be able to take one in the makeup testing window and the other in the final exception testing window in late June.

Exam timing

On exam day, you'll click on the link in your e-ticket 30 minutes before the start time for your exam and fill in some information.

A timer will show how much time remains until the start of the exam.

Once the exam starts, the first exam question will automatically appear, and another timer will start counting down.

Your timer will show 30 minutes. You should take 25 minutes to read the question and work on your response, and 5 minutes to submit it. When the timer gets to 5 minutes, an alert will show. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response. Once your response to Question 1 has been submitted, you can’t go back to it.

When your submission for Question 1 is complete, the second exam question will appear and the timer will show 20 minutes. You should take 15 minutes to read the question and work on your response and 5 minutes to submit it. Again, the timer will give you an alert when 5 minutes remain. Stop working at that time and begin to submit your response.

What to have ready on exam day

Required

Recommended for students typing responses

Permitted

  • Your class notes or study guides
  • Textbooks and other classroom resources
  • Previous assignments or assessments

Questions

Question 1 (25 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

65%

Question name

Interpreting and Evaluating Experimental Results

Question description

Question 1 presents students with an authentic scenario accompanied by data in a table and/or graph. This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Describe and explain biological concepts, processes, or models, in applied context
  • Identify and justify experimental design procedures
  • Analyze data
  • Make and justify predictions

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

FRQ 1

Question 2 (15 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)

35%

Question name

Conceptual Analysis

Question description

Question 2 presents students with an authentic scenario describing a biological phenomenon with a disruption. This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Describe biological concepts or processes, in applied context
  • Explain biological concepts or processes, in applied context
  • Predict the causes or effects of a change in a biological system
  • Support or justify a claim with reasoning or evidence

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

FRQ 4

What’s covered

Units eligible for 2020 exam: Units 1–6

Units not included in 2020 exam: Units 7–8

Sample Questions for the 2020 exam 

Download example questions (.pdf/712 KB) similar to what you'll see on the 2020 AP Biology Exam.

Resources