College Board and your ap bio exam

As it says in your green sheet, all students are expected to take the college board exam. You can use Cliff's or other study guides to help you prepare. Please visit the college board site for sample tests, free response questions (I repeat many of these questions on my tests!), and registration details. I will post more ap bio exam related material here as the year progresses.

TIPS for AP Bio exam:Read BELOW !

Lab free response question: Write it out like lab reports. Be sure to include the following information when you design experiments:

Even if the question does not specifically ask for it include the following: (remember, you are never deducted for too much information, but keep it relevant):
Use the labs you did in class to design your experiment - it does'nt have to be a new design!
-State the hypothesis and identify it as such
-State the control group
-State the dependent and independent variable(s)
-Identify other variables being held constant (i.e. amount of time, stirring, etc...typically there are two of these)
-Identify what you are measuring and give the units (ex. pressure, change in mass)
-State how and when data will be collected (ex. meausure mass after 30 minutes)
-State what calculation will be used (ex.avg 3 values for mass)
-State how you will be confident in your results (ex. repeat trials, t test)
-State how you will share your results (ex. tables, graphs - draw these with predicted results)
-State what you expect to happen and why - the why is important (like your discussion section)

Outline of the AP Biology Exam:

- 100 multiple choice in 80 minutes= 60% of test: WORK FAST! LESS THAN a minute per question.
- 4 Free Response Essay Questions in 90 minutes (10 minutes reading time)= 40% of test

Essay Section Hints:

-The 4 essay questios are graded equally.
One question is on molecules and cells.
One question is on genetics and evolution.
Two questions are on organisms and populations.

-One or more of the questions will be lab-based. (PLEASE SEE LAB SECTION GUIDE ABOVE!)

-Write in essay form! There is room on the test for you to create an outline to guide your answer if you'd like but outlines are not graded. That being said, perfect essay writing is not expected. There aren't deductions for grammar or spelling mishaps (provided the spelling is close enough to determine the word you are trying to write).
-Diagrams are not needed unless asked for secifically -if you are given a graph to draw - label graph axes with UNITS, title them, use correct axes - independent on X, dependent on Y!
-Points are not deducted from your essay score if you give an incorrect statement. (You just don't receive points for incorrect statements). But be careful not to contradict yourself.

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- Topic outline as recommended by college board

- AP Biology Course Content Description

-The Exam - content and format

-Sample questions and scoring!

-Exam fees and registration

College board exam tests you on interconnections and themes - expect to see frqs that span several chapters and even units.

Ex.1- How do organisms attain homeostasis and regulate flowering (chapter 39, unit 6) water loss (chapter 44, unit 7) or body heat (chapter 40, 45 unit 7)?
Ex.2- Trace how the carbohydrate food you just ate gets converted to energy within your body cells?  What mechanisms regulate the sugar levels in your body?   
Answer will include - digestion and absorption of carbohydrates (chapter 41- unit 7),  how glucose enters a body cell and gets converted to ATP during cell respiration (chapters 7 and 9 - unit 2), and how glucose levels in blood are controlled by feedback hormonal regulation using insulin, glucagon,.... (chapter 45 - unit 7)