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WELCOME TO AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (APES)
From https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-environmental-science – your site for AP course information:
“The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these
problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.”

ABOUT APES
1) It is an applied science.
2) It is interdisciplinary: biology, chemistry, physics, geology, ecology, economics, political science, math.
3) It is both theoretical and practical.
4) It has a relevant lab component.

THEMES
1) Science is a process.
2) Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.
3) The earth itself is one interconnected system.
4) Humans alter natural systems.
5) Environmental problems have a cultural and social context.
6) Human survival depends on sustainability.

BIG IDEAS
1) energy conversions
2) tragedy of the commons
3) sustainability
4) connectedness

STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS
> Highly motivated
> Skilled reader
> Critical thinker
> Problem solver
> Interested in learning
> Willing to work

THE APES EXAM

1) Objective Questions – 60% of the grade
> 100 multi-choice questions in 90 minutes
> always 5 responses, no “all of the above” and “none of the above”
> graph interpretation; simple math problems; more application than rote memory
> blanks don’t count for or against
> SCORE = (# correct) – (0.25)(# incorrect)
*MULTIPLE CHOICE TIPS:
> ¼ point deducted for incorrect responses. Leave it blank if you have no idea.
> Try not to second-guess the MC answers. Changes usually are wrong.

2) FRQ (Free Response Questions) – 40% of grade
> 4 FRQ’s in 90 minutes (22.5 min. per FRQ)
> Four types: 1 Data Set, 1 DBQ (Document-Based Question), 2 Synthesis; 1 Evaluation
> 10 pts. maximum given per question
FRQ GENERAL TIPS:
+ Use regular ball-point pen, black ink. No roller-balls or marker tips.
+ Students tend to speak and write too generally. They may know the information but if they do not write it out clearly, they can’t get points.
+ The test readers are looking for key content. Spelling and grammar do not have to be perfect.
+ If the readers can’t read it, it will get a zero.
+ Prose response does not mean a bulleted or numbered list.
+ Use single-line cross outs; no white-out, no huge scribbles or erasures.
+ If they ask for 2 pieces of info and the student gives 4, the first two of which are wrong and the last two are right, they will not get points. The reader will stop at the first two asked for.
+ Answer the questions as asked. Be specific. No generalizations. State the obvious. In discussions, give examples and details.
+ Label essay answers like the questions are set up: a), b), c)…
+ Answer as many parts of a multi-point question as you can.
+ Always write something. Don’t ever leave essays blank.
+ Pacing is important.

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