Mrs. Mayer’s AP Test Hints!!!. Multiple Choice Hints:. If you have NO idea skip the question! You are deducted ¼ point for each wrong answer! If you can only eliminate 1 choice… skip the question!
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If you have NO idea skip the question! You are deducted ¼ point for each wrong answer!
If you can only eliminate 1 choice… skip the question!
If you can eliminate 2 choices then you should guess. You are beating the odds. Pick the answer that makes the most sense!
Make sure you read ALL the answer choices before you answer. Often times there are more than one correct answer…but there is a BETTER answer!
You should plan on skipping approximately 15-20 questions. I don’t know all the answers…so I’m sure you don’t either. The test is designed that way! There will be questions on the test that I never taught you and others that you just can’t remember. These are the ones you should skip!
The test gets easier as you go. The last 50 will be easier than the first 50. Some students like to go backwards.
7. Go through the entire test booklet circling all the answers you find the easiest. Circle any questions that you think you know but that you need to go back and spend some time thinking about. After you have done all the ones that you find easiest, then go back to the ones that you had circled. Now, go fill out your scantron with the answers you have.
8. Any time left over and you can go back to the ones that were really hard… usually ones that require some calculation, and see if there are any that you can figure out.
9. Check and make sure that you haven’t left more than about 20 blank…otherwise you won’t have enough positive points to earn you credit on the exam.
3. Question 1 will most likely be a DBQ. Question 2 will probably be the math question and question 3 and 4 are usually “typical” FRQ’s that are looking to see what you know about some environmental issue.
4. Make sure you show all your work on any math questions…even if that work could be done in your head! No work= no credit!
5. Make sure all your answers are on the answer document and not the test booklet. The test booklet does not go to Cincinnati..it comes back to me.
6. Use the test booklet to brainstorm, then answer on the answer document!
7. All answers must be in complete sentences! No credit for incomplete sentences!
When the question asks you to “identify”… this can be done in one sentence.
When the question asks you to “describe”, “discuss” or “explain” you need about 3 sentences for each answer.
When the question asks you to “identify and describe”, etc. you need about 4 sentences!
Do not answer a question with “it is bad for the environment” or it will “harm biodiversity”. These are too vague. You need to explain HOW it is bad for the environment or HOW it will harm biodiversity. Also, don’t say it will cause “pollution”… any third grader can say that.. Be specific, name a particular chemical, etc. Show the grader that you know some science facts… you do! I taught you!
Do not answer the FRQ’s with one giant “super paragraph”. Label your answers with 1a. 2c. Etc. That way the grader knows exactly what you are trying to say!
Remember that there are environmentalists grading your response…always go with the answer that is best for the environment unless it asks you to do otherwise.
Sometimes they want you to show “both sides of an argument”. An example of this is “describe on incentive that the government of a country could offer its citizens that would favor a reduction in the growth rate of its population. Explain how this incentive would work, and describe one possible drawback.” They are looking for you to play “Devils advocate”.
Go with the most obvious answer. The grader doesn’t give you “extra” points because you know some obscure fact or law that you learned about on Discovery Channel. Try to give the answer that MOST of the nation will give.
If you don’t know a law… always fall back on the Endangered Species Act, The Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act. These usually work if you can support you answer!