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  • 1. Promoting Resources for Pre-AP & AP Teachers August 19, 2009 Patty Parker AAS Instructional Specialist
  • 2. AP English Exam - Format
    • Section I: Approximately 55 Questions (60 minutes) = 45% of score
    • Section II: 3 Essays (120 minute writing period * ) = 55 % of score
    • English Language test has 15 minute reading period
    • An English exam was among the first AP offerings in 1956. In 1980, a separate exam in AP English Language and Composition was introduced.
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  • 3. AP English – CFB Students
    • Class of 2009 – Graduating Seniors:
    • In 8 th grade, there were 296 enrolled in Pre-AP English
    • In 11 th grade, there were 425 enrolled in AP Language
      • 334 took the AP English Language test (May 2008 = 79%)
      • 60 % scored 3, 4, or 5 (equaling 200 students)
    • In 12 th grade, there were 414 enrolled in AP Literature
      • 239 took the AP English Literature test (May 2009 = 58%)
      • 59 % scored 3, 4, or 5 (equaling 140 students)
    • Class of 2010 – This Year’s Seniors:
    • In 8 th grade, there were 409 enrolled in Pre-AP English
    • In 11 th grade, there were 446 enrolled in AP Language
      • 301 took the AP English Language test (May 2009 = 68%)
      • 56 % scored 3, 4, or 5 (equaling 169 students)
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  • 4. AP English – CFB Students
    • Class of 2011 – Current Juniors :
    • In 8 th grade, there were 445 enrolled in Pre-AP English
    • Class of 2012 – Current Sophomores:
    • In 8 th grade, there were 539 enrolled in Pre-AP English
    • Class of 2013 – Current Freshman:
    • In 8 th grade, there were 590 enrolled in Pre-AP English
    • Class of 2012 – Current 8 th Grades:
    • In 8 th grade, anticipate 750 enrolled in Pre-AP English
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  • 5. AP English - Practice Materials
    • 55 Multiple Choice Sample Questions
    • Free-Response Questions from past AP English Language and Composition Exams 1999-2009 .
    • Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Report for past administrations.
    • LANGUAGE : http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_questions/2001.html
    • LITERATURE :
    • http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_questions/2002.html
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  • 6. Free Practice AP Exam
    • The College Board is pleased to announce the release of free, downloadable AP® Practice Exams to all AP® Course Audit authorized teachers.
    • AP teachers have frequently requested access to complete AP Exams in their subjects, available to them but inaccessible to students. We can now fulfill this request, because the AP Course Audit lets us deliver secure, password-protected content directly to AP teachers with authorized AP courses.
    • To download the AP Practice Exam for your subject(s), simply sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click on the link “View Practice Exam” located on your Course Status Page.
    • http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/practice_exams.html
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  • 7. AP Scores
    • IPR: Instructional Planning Report –
    • Subject specific & compares student performance on specific topics in each AP Exam. Helps teachers target areas for increased attention & focus on the curriculum.
    • Credit Policy: How many colleges accept AP grades?
    • Most colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, as well as colleges and universities in 40 other countries, have a policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam grades. The best source of specific and up-to-date information about an individual institution's policy is its catalog or Web site. -- AP Program
    • http:// collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp
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  • 8. PSAT – Testing Tips
    • Although the best preparation for the PSAT/NMSQT is long term— such as taking solid academic courses and reading widely —students will perform better on the test if they know what to expect on test day.
    • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/psat/prep/strategies
    • About guessing
    • Educated guessing means guessing an answer whenever one or more of the choices can be eliminated as definitely wrong. Encourage students to use educated guessing.
    • Because ¼ of a point is deducted for a wrong answer to multiple-choice questions, random guessing is not recommended. Advise students to leave that question blank and move on to the next one.
    • Students can earn an above-average score by getting only half the questions right and omitting answers for the rest of the questions.
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  • 9. PSAT – Prep for Critical Reading
    • Critical Reading questions focus on a student's ability to read critically —to think logically, analyze, and evaluate.
    • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/psat/prep/section/critical-reading
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  • 10. PSAT – Prep for Mathematics
    • The primary aim of the math section is to assess how well students understand math.
    • Can they, for example, apply what they already know to new situations and use what they know to solve non-routine problems? The math section of the PSAT/NMSQT requires a basic knowledge of:
    • Numbers and operation
    • Algebra and functions (though not content covered in third-year math classes—content that will appear on the SAT)
    • Geometry and measurement
    • Data analysis, statistics, and probability
    • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/psat/prep/section/math
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  • 11. PSAT – Prep for Writing
    • Writing skills questions present sentences and paragraphs that contain the kinds of errors that students must look for and learn to correct in their own writing, including:
    • Expressing ideas effectively in Standard Written English
    • Recognizing faults in usage and structure
    • Using language with sensitivity to meaning
    • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/psat/prep/section/writing
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  • 12. 2008 PSAT/NMSQT Practice Test Explanations
    • Taking the complete Practice Test before test day gives students the best preparation for the PSAT/NMSQT.
    • If you do not have a copy of the 2008 Practice Test, please ask your counselor for a copy of the 2008 Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT .
    • Use the answer explanations here to help you prepare students to improve their skills and do their best on test day:
    • http://www.collegeboard.com/psatpractice/index.html
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  • 13. SAT Online Readiness FREE: 10 th & 11 th Graders [email_address]
  • 14. Information: College Board Tests
    • http://www.collegeboard.com/testing/
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