What is the AP Exam by yangxichun


									AP stands for …
   August 23, 2010
   Pre AP English II
What is “AP”?
AP stands for Advanced Placement
College-level courses taught at the high
College Board is a non-profit organization
 that develops and maintains the guidelines
 for these higher level courses.
Teachers must complete an audit and be
 approved before “AP” allowed on our
Why Participate in AP?
Stand out in the college admissions
Demonstrate college readiness.
Show willingness to take most rigorous
 coursework available.
Why Participate in AP?
Weighted grades
  If you receive a “B” in AP, it will give you the
   same number of grade points as an “A” in a
   regular class.
Why Participate in AP?
Accelerate degree program
Financial savings
Did you know . . .

If you earn a high school diploma, you’re
 likely to earn $7,000 more annually than
 students who don’t complete high school.
But if you earn a bachelor’s degree in
 college, you’re likely to earn $22,000
 more annually.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, 2000
What counts in College Admissions?
Be a step ahead
“I received a 3 on my AP English
Exam, but since I love English and
hope to take all the English
courses that I can possibly get my
hands on, I decided to take
English 111 in college. My college
class is covering the same
material I studied in AP English.
Thanks to my experience
preparing for the free-response
questions, my frequent essay
exams are a breeze. By taking
AP, I’m a step ahead of the others
in my class. I know the material
and I know the process.”
      —Anne Elliott, University of Connecticut
Newsweek, June 2, 2003:
“The Science Academy of
South Texas, a public school
that draws students from
three rural counties in the
Rio Grande Valley, has sent
several migrant workers’
children to high-tech
colleges by exposing them
to difficult AP assignments.”
Newsweek, June 2, 2003:

“Norma Flores, a senior, says she often started
school late in the fall because her migrant-laborer
family needed her in the cornfields. ‘I had to work
twice as hard to catch up,’ she says. But next fall,
fortified by college-level courses, she will study
aerospace engineering at the University of Texas:
Pan American campus.”
The AP Effect
Students who complete AP courses are…
 Better prepared academically
 More likely to choose challenging majors
 Likely to complete more college work in 4 years
 Likely to perform significantly better than students
  who did not take AP courses
 More likely to exercise leadership
 More likely to graduate with a double major
 Twice as likely to go into advanced study
            Source: Willingham and Morris, 1986; University of Texas
              Study, 1988
How the test is divided up
 Section I
     4-5 passages from 17th-20th century authors
     52 questions
     Timed, 1 hour: 15 minutes per section
     45% total grade
 Section II
   3 Essays: 1 literary/rhetorical analysis, 1 argument, 1
   Timed, 2 Hours (40 minutes per essay)
   Graded on a 1-9 scale
   55% total grade
 1: Not Passing
 2: Not Passing
 3: Passing – Possible College Credit (3 hours) in
  some colleges and universities
 4: Passing – Greater Chance of College Credit
  (3 hours) in more colleges and universities
 5: Passing – Mostly ALL universities and
  colleges accept this score for College Credit (3
What do I need to do to guarantee a
qualifying score?
Answer half of the multiple-choice
 questions CORRECTLY.
Score a 5 on each of the essays.
This will give you an overall score of 3.
Hargrove, Godin and Dodd:
College Grade Point Averages
UT Austin—AP Credit Earned
Ok, so now…what is the TAKS
When is it? What do we do
differently than the 9th Grade TAKS?
 March 1, 2010
 Reading & ~33 multiple-choice questions
    Consists of the “triplet” (3 selections)
        One fiction piece
        One non-fiction piece
        One visual
        All 3 parts of the triplet have a common theme
 Open-Ended Response Questions
    3 short answer questions about the reading selections
 Creative Writing – ESSAY
 Revising and Editing
But, TAKS will be over very soon and this year we will also have

End of Course Exam

Testing Window: April 4—15
Exam will consist of:
  2 Essays
    Creative Writing and Rhetorical Analysis

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