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AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

The AP Exams

- Each test is 2 hours and 10 minutes
- Test date Thur. May 15: Macro 8am, Micro 12 noon
- 60 multiple choice questions (70 minutes)
- 3 Free Response questions, 1 long and 2 short (10 minute reading time plus 50 minutes to answer)
- MC = 2/3 of grade
- FRQ = 1/3 of grade
- Average FRQ score is <50%

AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

Overview

Average AP scores:

80-100 A

65-80 B

50-65 C

40-50 D

2012 mean scores were 3.0 and 2.8

AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

Test Taking Strategies

Objectives - Understand each of the following:

- Answer the question that was asked
- Intent of question will probably be included in stem, therefore, try to formulate an answer before reading distractors
- Select bestanswer
- Answer easy questions first
- OK to guess on questions that are completely unfamiliar – no penalty for wrong answersI

AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

Multiple Choice

Question Types:

- Definitions/Classifying: 38%
- Cause & Effect Change: 38%
- 1 Cause & Effect: 50%
- 2 Causes & Effects: 33%
- 3 Causes & Effects: 17%
- Calculation: 12%
- Graphic Interpretation: 9%
- I, II, III style classifying: 3%
- Source: David Meyer, Preparing For The AP Economics Exams, 2011

AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

FRQs

- Answer questions in the order asked (ie part a,b,c,d)
- Diagrams can provide or enhance answer - some FRQs will require graphs
- Label diagrams fully, clearly and correctly
- Changes in curves should be identified with arrows and clear sequencing of labels (ie AS1, AS2)
- Emphasize line of reasoning…stating results not enough

AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

FRQs

- Read the question – underline the verb – what are they looking for?
- Use correct terminology in FRQs and class discussion
- Use rubrics as guides (Krugman Module FRQ answers, APE Sample and Past Exam FRQ answers)
- Not an essay – do not write thesis statement, intro paragraph and do not repeat the question in your answer

AP EconomicsMr. Bernstein

FRQ Verb Prompts

- “Show” – think “Graph” - use diagram to illustrate your answer. Label all elements including graph axes.
- “Explain” – take reader through each linkage needed to go from starting point to final answer. Graphs and symbols are acceptable.
- “Identify” – “think Indicate” - bulleted list of short phrases or terms, even single label or arrow, without any elaboration or explanation
- “Calculate” – use mathematical operation to determine a specific numerical response, along with providing your work
- “Analyze” – not used much any more, think “Show” AND “Explain”

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