Surviving AP Biology
So, you're taking AP Biology. What now?
How hard is the class?
AP Biology "is the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course" ("Is AP Biology Hard?", 2016). So, yes, it's one of the more difficult classes you will take. Here are the facts:
- The mean score earned on the AP exam (as of 2015) is a 2.91. This is on a scale of 1-5, with passing scores being 3, 4, and 5.
- 64.3% of students got a score of 3 or higher, while only about 6% got a score of 5. ("Is AP Biology Hard?", 2016).
Does it really matter in the long run?
It has been observed that "students who pass the AP exam in biology, chemistry, or physics earn significantly higher grades in that same subject in college than do students who did not pass the AP exam in these subject areas." However, "the advantage of passing an AP exam in the sciences [is] not so great that students [don't] benefit by repeating the course in college" ("Challenge Success...", 2013). By passing the exam, you can earn college credit; if you don't pass, you've still made it through a challenging course that will help to prepare you for future science classes, technical writing, and group projects.