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AP Economics. Mr. Bernstein AP Exams 2014 April, 2014. AP Economics Mr. 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)

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ap economics

AP Economics

Mr. Bernstein

AP Exams 2014

April, 2014

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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%
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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