AP Exams

I only have 2 this year: Calc BC and Biology.

I thought BC was mixed; the non-calculator sections kind of threw me off, but I think I aced the calculator section. Most people get a 5, so I'm hoping I get that :)

Biology on the other hand, ugh. I'm not excited for tomorrow.
 

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did anyone take the ap bio test? i hate the new format and i thought the multiple choice and grid ins were challenging but the essays were alright.
 

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i think i destroyed the new AP bio. multiple choice was supremely easy, i don't think that i could have made less than 80% on it. a lot of the time i was able to BS it because 1-2 of the answers were just completely and obviously wrong. overall i prefer the application questions to straight up memorization i think. partly because of how fucking boring memorizing all the shit for bio is, and partly because the application made it easier to guess if you weren't sure.

the essays tho were pretty tough. i know i at least fucked up on the X/Y/Z cells, because i blanked and just said Z was a nerve cell, and i might have fucked up on the chi squared shit because we didn't learn that. i figure as long as i get 60% on the essays or so (judging from the composite scoring stuff on the old exam), i should get a 5. i feel very good about my 5, if i end with a 4 i'm gonna be mad.

APUSH, on the other have, i feel pretty bad about. i know most of your basic stuff, but i spent the last month going hardcore for biology because my teacher is trash. i guess i'm just gonna cram shit for the next 2 days. any ideas on what important themes could be, and what the essays will be on?
 

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APUSH, on the other have, i feel pretty bad about. i know most of your basic stuff, but i spent the last month going hardcore for biology because my teacher is trash. i guess i'm just gonna cram shit for the next 2 days. any ideas on what important themes could be, and what the essays will be on?
usually, my teacher said, there's a DBQ about the 20th century, and the two open essays are: one about the 1800s and one about anything before that.

also, physics B was a joke
 
Works differently here so it´s not exactly AP exams. But it´s what I have to get a passing grade on in order not to flunk a year (that counts right?) Anyway it´s English Morphology and Syntax. Haven´t really studied yet. I blame the Smogon forums! :3
 
i think i destroyed the new AP bio. multiple choice was supremely easy, i don't think that i could have made less than 80% on it. a lot of the time i was able to BS it because 1-2 of the answers were just completely and obviously wrong. overall i prefer the application questions to straight up memorization i think. partly because of how fucking boring memorizing all the shit for bio is, and partly because the application made it easier to guess if you weren't sure.

the essays tho were pretty tough. i know i at least fucked up on the X/Y/Z cells, because i blanked and just said Z was a nerve cell, and i might have fucked up on the chi squared shit because we didn't learn that. i figure as long as i get 60% on the essays or so (judging from the composite scoring stuff on the old exam), i should get a 5. i feel very good about my 5, if i end with a 4 i'm gonna be mad.

APUSH, on the other have, i feel pretty bad about. i know most of your basic stuff, but i spent the last month going hardcore for biology because my teacher is trash. i guess i'm just gonna cram shit for the next 2 days. any ideas on what important themes could be, and what the essays will be on?
I don't know about you, but I found the multiple choice much more arduous than the essays(not necessarily harder). Those freaking questions were like reading comprehension more so than bio! Even the answers were reading comprehension. It was really quite ridiculous. But once you get past that, I really didn't find too hard.

I had previous experience with the grid-in questions and their types, so it was really easy. The last one pissed me off because you had to do so much just to read the graph and do something super simple, affirming my claim of reading comprehension.

Essays were pretty easy in my opinion. Sure there was a lot of writing, but in the end I found them to be okay. Chi-square was a piece of cake(mainly because we covered it for like one day in class), and for the XYZ cell I said the Z cell was a storage cell and that it was one large vacuole.

The one question that really made me laugh that made me laugh was the second part of the carbon-energy question. I had to resist being sarcastic on the test. "Hmmm, something that can perform photosynthesis and cellular respiration....Oh I don't know.......a plant?"
 

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But yeah the only AP im taking is apush since im a junior and dumb as rocks at math and sci [so basically in general lol] but im hoping to rock it and get a 5 although myself and most of the class have sort have been slacking up until this weak since the ap questions are markedly easier than the tests our teacher gives us, doing some terms and practice quizzes as i type this. Does anyone happen to how exactly it's scored [or a good calculator since the one i found seemed kind of off]? Ie, can I get a 5 with like 80% of the multichoice and 7s/8s on the essay, i'm shooting for a 90% on the mc [only 8 wrong] but again I haven't studied a whole lot so I'm not entirely sure how realistic a solid 90 is.

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APUSH, on the other have, i feel pretty bad about. i know most of your basic stuff, but i spent the last month going hardcore for biology because my teacher is trash. i guess i'm just gonna cram shit for the next 2 days. any ideas on what important themes could be, and what the essays will be on?
I think you want to be fairly solid with the 1800s since it's essentially the most tumultuous period for the US growthwise and shaped how it came to be, the review book I has also says the multichoice is split up into 17% Colonial|50% 1800-1915|33% 1915-and they split up the 2 essays into before/after 1865, honestly you probably want to know about the eras in which the presidents were strong and influential [Washington (with Hamiltons influence), TJeff, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy, Wilson, FDR, Truman, Nixon] stuff like Coolidge and Hayes probably wouldn't show up on an essay since they werent very assertive as president and didnt shape a lot of stuff, also late 1800s/early 1900s is a goldmine between Industrialism, Agrarian Revolt, Progressivism and WW1, I'm half expecting something from the progressive era.

also i guess im okay with my bad penmanship
 
Hmmm... everybody don't be too worried about the APUSH exam. It's not too hard to score well. I got a four and I didn't know anything about U.S. History. Furthermore, I ran out of time on the multiple choice, bubbled A for the last 20 questions (I'm not exaggerating I swear), and fell asleep for the essays upon writing a page each for all of them. Also I suck at school in general. So as long as you prepare adequately, you should score fine. GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! :)
 

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But yeah the only AP im taking is apush since im a junior and dumb as rocks at math and sci [so basically in general lol] but im hoping to rock it and get a 5 although myself and most of the class have sort have been slacking up until this weak since the ap questions are markedly easier than the tests our teacher gives us, doing some terms and practice quizzes as i type this. Does anyone happen to how exactly it's scored [or a good calculator since the one i found seemed kind of off]? Ie, can I get a 5 with like 80% of the multichoice and 7s/8s on the essay, i'm shooting for a 90% on the mc [only 8 wrong] but again I haven't studied a whole lot so I'm not entirely sure how realistic a solid 90 is.
you only need like a 65% to get a 5 on an AP exam, so it doesn't seem like you should worry at all!
 
lol we had a practice full length exam for AP Euro over the weekend and I got a ridiculously large 5, in fact I got a 165 out of 180 possible combined points I kid you not (only 119 is required to get a 5)
 

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Physics C should be outlawed by the Geneva convention. The Mechanics multiple choice was just not finishable in 45 minutes, and then the last free response took difficult to a new level.

I finished the E&M multiple choice pretty quickly, but that's because I used this little-known test taking technique called "wtf guessing" in which I look at a question, realize that it could be written in fucking Klingon and still be no different, and bubble in a letter that I haven't used in a while. The first free response was just the College Board teasing you, saying "don't worry, you're in the clear. The worst part is over, I bet you can get all fifteen points on this one!" then ramrodding you with two of the most abhorrent, unconscionable questions imaginable. Gauss' fucking Law strikes again, assuming you had time to even get to that one after the abomination that was Question 2. Or you just skipped 2 and use Guess' Law to hopefully get one or two points on the third one.

Don't take Physics C. This shit doesn't happen, electricity works because there are wizards in the power plant, and honestly if you put Maxwell's Equations and Egyptian hieroglyphics next to each other I wouldn't be able to tell which is which.

Magnets. God only knows how they work.
 
I finished the E&M multiple choice pretty quickly, but that's because I used this little-known test taking technique called "wtf guessing" in which I look at a question
One of my friends advised me to put C for every question I guessed (Gaussed?) on.

I put a lot of Cs.

I guess it it's a good thing my college won't let me skip Gen Physics even if I somehow pulled a 4. Definitely wasn't as prepared as I could have been.

also this accurately sums up how I feel
 
Good luck on APUSH tomorrow. My cram session is officially over and I know I'll need it.
Don't get too down, a score calculator that I assume is accurate says you can get 60/80 mc, a 6 dbq, and an average score of 6 on the two essays and get a 5.
 

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i think everyone knows by now i took u.s. and comparative government today...needless to say they were both super easy (like even easier than apush lol) and the free response questions are each answerable in about 3 sentences so i ended up finishing an hour early. that part kinda sucked.

gl to everyone taking apush, hint hint if you know madison era and gilded age you win
 

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stfu lavos we arent all based gods like u

anyways uh the apush exam was really easy actually, probably got in the 7-8 range with the essays [i hope] but you never know, i was kind of annoyed with the multichoice, which weren't necessarily hard, they just asked about a bunch of dumb shit from the 1950s and have a lot less important political trends [basically the stuff you're supposed to know well/shaped the nation]. i rebelled and didnt give them rights to reproduce my essays because i was so steamin but yeah overall a dumb test lol, also it's ridiculously easy to guess if you know the era despite not knowing the question at all since a lot of the other choices they have are actually fairly ridiculous

also you guys can relieve your stress my looking at this http://afternoonsnoozebutton.com/post/24952002872/oh-my-god-so-my-moms-friends-with-an-ap-grader :O
 

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i didnt think there was much madison era or gilded age : O


but i thought it was easy nonetheless!! i picked the essays about the economic policies of GB and how they affected the colonies and the one about protests from 1945-1975
 
Euro was boring. They give way too much time. This didn't mean the MC was easy because they were mostly random facts about people or events that you know or don't know. No reasoning or anything like that. There were good options for the essays but since there were three of them it was a bit tedious. Must be great for the english people writing 20 essays in one sitting. Luckily with the 2 hours plus some 15 minute reading it was easy to write a paragraph, put my head down for 5 minutes, and repeat until everything was done. So if there's any advice about essay based AP tests, it's to bring a pillow. I chose essay 4 and 7, about the sciences and about the authoritarian regimes respectively. Not too worried about score since only like 50% is needed for a 4 or better.
 
Yeah essay 2 and 5 master race
MC were maybe slightly harder than I expected but the easy DBQ more than makes up for that. I wrote 4 pages on the dbq when I usually barely got 3 on the practice ones.

Shout out to the multiple choice question about the indian reorganization act of 1934 with the answer d being "it allowed indians to build casinos." It's even funnier because there are definitely people in our country who picked it.
 

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lol moonbound did you catch the one about the War of Jenkins Ear as one of the choices? Read up about it on cracked or some other site if you don't know about it.

also wtf 3 was ridiculously easy to organize 2 seemed like there was nothing to write about lol
 

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apush was easy. i knew a LOT more of the multiple choice than i had expected; i feel like i got about 90% on that from counting my answers up, which sounds kind of out there (which makes me nervous!). definitely didn't get less than 80% though. the essays were easy but i just felt like i didn't answer the questions very well.

for the DBQ i put a) legislation (c of 1820/50, fugitive slave act, northwest ordinance acknowledging that slavery was wrong by banning it but still allowed in south, led to greater problems and fugitive slave act especially angered north) b) changing society; women took place in reform (ie abolition), 2nd great awakening, awakening to evils of slavery and c) racism fueled desires of some to get rid of slaves (lowering the class of society).

i picked essay 3 and 5. for 3 i wrote about how g.w. wanted US to be neutral but we ended up getting involved in a lot of stuff to try to not get pushed around (xyz, w of 1812, embargo act). for essay 5 i wrote about blacks finally rising from their oppression since most were too poor in reconstruction up to post-war to care about politics and new passionate leaders Lighting the Fire, and on the women i put stuff about how they got the taste of freedom with jobs and independence while men were gone in ww2 and then feminine mystique inspiring feminists. put in roe v wade and equal pay act. maybe i'm just being nervous but i feel overall it was a pretty easy test.
 
Physics C really wasn't that bad, IMO.
E&M part one killed me ;-; but the other two were quite easy

Calc BC wasn't that bad either, oddly...
 
that rush of relief when you finish the euro exam
omfg
all me and my friends were freaking out and dancing and such
thank goodness
but it wasn't that hard, and though the MC were just random trivial crap questions, the essays were surprisingly easy (i did 4 and 5) and the dbq was easy
 
Euro was boring. They give way too much time. This didn't mean the MC was easy because they were mostly random facts about people or events that you know or don't know. No reasoning or anything like that. There were good options for the essays but since there were three of them it was a bit tedious. Must be great for the english people writing 20 essays in one sitting. Luckily with the 2 hours plus some 15 minute reading it was easy to write a paragraph, put my head down for 5 minutes, and repeat until everything was done. So if there's any advice about essay based AP tests, it's to bring a pillow. I chose essay 4 and 7, about the sciences and about the authoritarian regimes respectively. Not too worried about score since only like 50% is needed for a 4 or better.
Feel the same way, I also picked 4 and 7. The MC was decent but like you said it was more about whether you knew it or you didn't, nothing really to analyze from knowledge. I would be kinda disappointed with a 4, I really want that 5.
 

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