2016 AP® Biology Free-Response Questions

A remarkably high number of scholars passed the AP Biology exam in 2016 with over 61 percent earning college credit. The College Board released the entire free-response section for future scholars to study. After answering the eight questions on topics ranging from alleles to prolactin, pupils discuss the ideal answers to improve their own performance.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Set up an uninterrupted 90 minute block to use the questions in the full format for scholars to practice time management
  • Use the scoring guidelines and student performance Q&A to discuss the results
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes all test takers have prior knowledge of all AP Biology content
Pros
  • Encourages mathematical analysis, scientific writing, and high level problem solving
  • Includes sample answers for every question
Cons
  • None