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Multiple-Choice Portion AP Language and Composition
AP Multi-Choice Format 60 min. for 54 questions 5-7 passages = 8-12 min. per passage 1-2 min. per question
2 types of questions • Big Picture • What is the gist of the passage? • Details • Point to specific lines/ words in the text.
Big Picture Questions These types of questions ask students to: • Characterize the speaker’s tone, style or attitude as a whole. • Fit particular details into the “big picture” or passage as a whole. • Interpret a word based on context, tone, style, or attitude of the passage as a whole. **Big Picture questions appear at the beginning and end of each section**
Big Picture Example • 1. The author of this passage is most likely • (A) a scientific researcher • (B) a lexicographer • (C) a historian • (D) a sociologist • (E) a teacher
Detailed Questions • These questions ask students to refer back to specific lines in the passage • These questions may also ask you to reevaluate the passage as a whole. Tricks: • Read the sentence before and the sentence after • Only read this part of the passage – DO NOT reread the whole piece (too time consuming)
Details Example • 4. Which word from the passage gives the clearest indication as to where the author encountered the process of upknocking? • (A) entry (line 13) • (B) novel (line 7) • (C) schooling (line 3) • (D) employment (line 10) • (E) clients (line 12)
Strategies: How to approach the questions • 2 Pass System • POE (Process of Elimination)
2 Pass System • PASS #1: Answer easy questions first and circle hard questions • PASS #2: Time permitting, go back through the passage taking time to answer the more difficult questions
More 2 PASS SYSTEM • Keep track of you timing! • If you have 8-12 minutes per passage. • 1-2 minutes per question ***Each question is worth the same number of points***
POE (Process of Elimination) • Cross out answers you know are wrong • Circle best guess of the remaining choices Guessing aggressively = increased chances for success!
REVIEW • BIG PICTURE.Read for the overall gist of the passage: author’s goal, tone, and point of view. • DETAILS.Reread lines before and after the lines indicated as part of the question. • 2 PASS SYSTEM. Answer easy questions first, circle the hard questions. PACE YOURSELF! • POE (Process of Elimination). Eliminate obviously wrong answers. GUESS AGGRESSIVELY!
Pair/Share • Turn to the person next to you. • 1. Explain the format of the AP Multiple-Choice Test. • 2. Explain the two types of questions. • 3. Explain two strategies for attacking these questions. Let’s practice together!
8 question passage • 10 min. to complete the passage • Read the entire passage first • Label each question (BP) Big Picture or (D) Details • Use 2 Pass System and POE (Process of Elimination) to answer the questions • With your partner, come to consensus.
4-3-2-1 Scoring Scale Identified question type correctly Used 2 PASS SYSTEM Used POE (Process of Elimination) 4 – 8-7 questions 3 – 6-5 questions 2 – 4-3 questions 1 – 2-1 questions
Try it on your own! • Homework: • Label each question Big Picture (BP) or Details (D) • Use 2 Pass System and POE (Process of Elimination) to answer the questions • Time yourself! • 13 minutes to complete the passage