75 Multiple Choice questions in 60 minutes. 3 FRQ (Free-Response Questions) in 75 minutes. This is what the AP Human Geography Exam will be. This is what your sons and daughters will face on Friday, May 15, 2014 at 8am.

“Ok guys, clear your desks.” <Class Groans> ” Does Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo groan before taking the pitch? Does Dave Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters groan before he takes the stage at a concert? NO! Well… you are a student and this test is your game. This test is your concert. This test is your chance to compete. This is your chance to shine.”

And just like Messi or Grohl, they practice. Practice is difficult. And the best practices mimic game situations. So when I give your son or daughter a test, I try to make it as close as possible to how they will be tested during the AP exam. A usual Vocabulary Quiz will entail 30+ vocabulary terms and definitions to match, and 2 short answer questions that require certain vocabulary words that are required to be used in their answer. A usual Unit Test will entail 40+ questions and 3 FRQs. I usually give the FRQs 36 hours in advance, so students can prepare.

So what will their final look like? The exam will be worth 20% of their total grade. I will give them the FRQ topics, 2 essays/chapter, at least 3 days before the exam. I will select 1 essay per chapter for the exam. Block 1 schedule (90 min period) will be 3 FRQs (1 essay/chapter) in 45 minutes. We will then grade the essays in class using rubrics. Block 2 (also 90 min) will be 3 FRQs in 45 minutes. We will also grade the essays in the same manner. Friday will be 75 multiple choice questions in a 50 minute period. Just like the AP exam.

AP Human Geography isn’t an “honors class” that your son or daughter took in 7th or 8th grade. This is a college level class. This is a class that a college freshmen takes. This is a college level class that your sons and daughters are taking… in 9th grade. They are required to read, on their own. They are required to study their vocabulary, on their own. They are required to submit assignments online, with hard deadlines, on their own. If they are getting a C or better, then they are doing well. Remember, AP classes earn an extra credit point (an A is worth 5.0, not 4.0) for As, Bs, and Cs.

So… 75 Multiple Choice questions in 60 minutes. 3 FRQ (Free-Response Questions) in 75 minutes. This is what the AP Human Geography Exam will be. This is what your sons and daughters will face on Friday, May 15, 2014 at 8am.

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