The preferred date by which administrators should renew previously authorized courses that are again offered in the 2015-16 school year to ensure the inclusion of these courses in the initial publication of the AP Course Ledger in November.
Free, downloadable AP® Practice Exams are available to all AP® teachers.* These complete AP Exams are available to teachers, but inaccessible to students. To download the AP Practice Exam for your subject(s), simply sign into your AP Course Audit account and click on the Secure Documents link within the Resource Section.
AP teachers are encouraged to develop or maintain their own curriculum that either includes or exceeds each of these expectations; such courses will be authorized to use the "AP" designation. Credit for the success of AP courses belongs to the individual schools and teachers that create powerful, locally designed AP curricula.
The AP Biology course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a two-semester college biology course taken by biology majors during their first year. Your AP Biology course needs to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.
Schools' AP Biology courses are typically designed to be taken by students after the completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry. Students are encouraged to keep copies of their laboratory work for use in determining college credit or placement.
All students who are willing and academically prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses. The College Board encourages the elimination of barriers that restrict access to AP courses for students from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the AP Program. Schools should make every effort to ensure that their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population.
High schools offering this exam must provide the exam administration resources described in the AP Coordinator's Manual
AP Practice Exams are for in-classroom use only. To ensure their integrity, please keep them in a secure location, do not assign them as take-home assignments, collect them back from your students after administering them in class, and do NOT post them on school or other websites. You may incorporate questions from the AP Practice Exam into shorter assessments you create, so long as your assessments are paper-based, administered in your classroom, and you collect the test questions from the students upon completion of the testing period. Any additional distribution of the AP Practice Exam violates the College Board's copyright policies and may result in the termination of exam access for your school as well as access to other online services, such as the AP Teacher Community and Online Score Reports.
*Currently, there are no AP Practice Exams available for AP Chinese Language and Culture, for AP Japanese Language and Culture, and for AP Studio Art courses.
During the month of February, secure practice exams will not be available through AP Course Audit accounts due to annual maintenance. Teachers may download and save these documents to a secure location prior to January 31 and again in March when the site reopens.
Annual AP Course Renewals
Beginning in August of each academic year, AP Course Audit administrators are responsible for renewing previously authorized courses that will again be offered. Administrators can renew courses online from their AP Course Audit account.
A new report on AP provides the perspective of a national sample of AP teachers on issues of the program's quality, growth, equity and rigor.