AP Exam Tips – Environmental Science
Multiple Choice Hints
One hundred questions – use #2 pencil
Only 50% of questions correct = a 3 on the exam!
Scoring 80-100% on multiple choice and get a 5
The answers are NEVER “all of the above” or “none of the above”
Do not guess if you have no clue; your score = # correct – ¼ # wrong
Four questions – use black ball point pen
one document reading (ex. Read this article and explain X),
one evaluation of data set (ex. Interpret this data chart and explain Y),
two synthesis of base knowledge (ex. Design an experiment to test Z)
Read the question! Read the question! Read the question!
Write an essay. Answer in sentence form, NO points awarded for lists/outlines
Only write on the pink section that will be graded, don’t worry about the green sheet that is returned
to the school
If asked to describe three things, for example, only the first three answers provided will be graded –
don’t waste time putting down extra answers
Show every step in calculations, no calculators allowed.
Be specific, no penalties for wrong statement, only positive points for correct one
No points for rewording the question.
Pay close attention to verbs in the question (describe, compare, graph, calculate)
Define and/or explain any terms you use; just throwing in buzzwords doesn’t work
Don’t use acronyms
Answer the question parts in the order called for and label them “a”, “b”, etc., as they are labeled in the
question. It is best not to skip around.
Write clearly and neatly. Points cannot be awarded if handwriting is illegible.
Be sure to include the obvious (ex. light is necessary for photosynthesis). No detail is too small.
If questions ask you to indicate the relationship between two or more concepts and you do not know
the relationship, at least tell what you do know about them individually
The test is written to be hard. The national average for the essay section will be about 50% correct. It is
very likely t