AP Environmental Science
There are several strategies that I use to ensure the student has the best opportunities provided to them to prepare for the College Board Exam. The first is the reflection of their grade. I try to make sure the grade reflects an expectation of their score for the exam. If a student has an A in the course, they should expect a 4 or 5 as a result. If the student has a C in the course, they will probably score closer to a 3. I compare past exam results with student grades and adjust when necessary. If a student had an A in the course but scores a 2 or a 3, then the course content was not challenging enough. If a student had a D in the course and scored a 4 or a 5 on the exam, then the course content was too difficult and should be adjusted.
The second concerns the textbook. Living in the Environment is ranked as the number one textbook resource by College Board. The content is the most thorough source that supplements the AP Environmental Science curriculum.
The third is the format for the exams and the review materials. All multiple choice and free response questions on each of our unit exams are created by College Board. I also follow the allotted time provided for both the multiple choice and free response sections of the exam. Previous students have commented that this is a big help in preparation for what the exam will be like and limits the number of ‘surprises’.
A fourth strategy (which accommodates all AP courses) is to show the students the different types of multiple choice and free response questions that they can expect. We focus on the strategies of how the grading is done and the most precise methods for answering the different types of questions.