AP® Pre-Course Information - Biology
This document is meant to acquaint the AP® student with information on time management, study skills, reading resources and other information specific to AP® Biology.
Read through the information paying particular attention to the Bulletin for AP® Parents and Students found on the upper right hand side of the page.
Download the course description for this course and read through the information on this page. Also, read through the information found by using the links in the blue box on the left side of the page (Topic Outline, The Exam, Sample Questions and Scoring, Grade Distribution and Lab Manual)
Study Tips and Time Management
Although this site is designed to aid the college student, it is applicable to high school students as well, especially those taking college-level courses, such as AP®.
- Students enrolled in an A or B AP® course should plan on spending a minimum of 10 hours per week on course material. This assumes that the student is enrolled in the longest schedule possible (18 weeks). If you are enrolled in a shorter schedule, plan to spend more than 10 hours per week.
- Students enrolled in an AB AP® course should plan on spending a minimum of 15 hours per week on course material. This assumes that the student is enrolled in the longest schedule possible (18 weeks). If you are enrolled in a shorter schedule, plan to spend more than 15 hours per week.
Although no additional reading materials are specified for this course, the text used is Campbell, Reece Biology, 7/e. Students will be issued a username and password to access the textbook on-line. Students do not have to purchase a book.
A lab book will be sent to the student to complete the lab coursework. The book must be returned at the end of the semester (if AB) or the end of the year (if taking A and B). Although not necessary, a lab manual may be ordered from CollegeBoard using this page: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/biology/labman.html?biology
Here is an additional site for practice questions and general lab and lecture information: http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/
Ultimately, the student is responsible for following through on the registration process for the AP® exam which is given in May. Please let your school know that you want to take the exam for this course early in the Spring Semester. Visit this link for a year-long calendar of dates and specific exam dates: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/cal.html
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