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In AP math and science courses, students apply critical reasoning skills to investigate scientific questions and solve mathematical problems.

Revisions to AP science focus on deepening students’ understanding of content as they develop the critical inquiry and reasoning skills valued by colleges and universities.

Course and exam changes in all AP disciplines will be announced on this site two years in advance of implementation, and supporting resources will be added to this section.

What’s Changing

2013–14 AP Chemistry   2014–15 AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

AP Science Revisions

  • Help students learn to think like scientists.
    Students will spend more time developing their skills and abilities to engage in scientific inquiry and reasoning through a new emphasis on the science practices.
  • Encourage in-depth teaching of concepts and skills.
    The curriculum frameworks enable teachers to explore concepts in depth through the use of hands-on, inquiry-based instructional strategies that cultivate critical thinking. These strategies promote enduring understandings that form a solid foundation that students can continue to effectively build upon through subsequent science course work in college.
  • Reflect college expectations.
    The College Board collaborates with subject-matter experts, specialists in learning and assessment, and science educators from the nation's leading colleges, universities, and secondary schools to ensure that courses and exams reflect rigorous college standards. Rigorous course requirements prepare students not only for the AP Exams but also for future course work in science disciplines in college.
  • Provide science standards that align vertically with the redesigned AP courses.
    The Science: College Board Standards for College Success describe the knowledge and practices students should demonstrate before enrolling in an AP science course. They can help states, school districts, and schools develop a challenging Pre-AP® curriculum, preparing for the demands of college coursework.

Lab Investigations

AP lab investigations align with best practices described in America's Lab Report. They promote a self-directed, guided-inquiry design, focused on enhancing student outcomes and developing positive attitudes toward science. By engaging in the science practices, students gain an authentic understanding of the nature of science and scientific reasoning. Schools will incur few, if any, expenses to implement guided-inquiry labs.