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2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Yambert » Mon May 03, 2010 10:55 pm UTC

So I just took AP US government and politics today. Anybody else? I thought it was really easy. The essays were pretty straightforward.

I have English literature thursday (which will probably ruin my ap average) and physics monday (easy 5)

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Postby nash1429 » Tue May 04, 2010 12:01 am UTC

stat tommorrow and bio monday... both easy 5s

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Josephine » Tue May 04, 2010 12:22 am UTC

Bio and World History. The multiple choice sections will be a breeze, but I'm not on such solid footing with the essays for history. And I have to do some serious rereading on the genetics chapters for Bio.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby a7d07c8114 » Tue May 04, 2010 12:45 am UTC

Calc BC on Wednesday, US History on Friday, English Language on the following Wednesday. I'm pretty sure I'll 5 all of them, but studying for US History is an absolute nightmare...

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Durin » Tue May 04, 2010 1:21 am UTC

My schedule:

AP US Government: Destroyed that. Seriously. So easy.
AP CompSci A: Going to pwn it. Studying right now.
AP Calculus BC: I'm not overconfident, but I think I'm going to get a 5.
AP Physics C Mechanics: I need a 5. Therefore I'm going to get one.
AP Macroeconomics: I haven't started reviewing yet, but I'm sure I'll still pull a 4.

And then after that it's prom and I'm basically done with High School. Goin' to be quite nice.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby The EGE » Tue May 04, 2010 1:37 am UTC

Wednesday: BC Calc. I am feeling good about this one. 5 hopefully.

Next Tuesday: Chem. I'm hoping for a 5, more likely a 4.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby mmmcannibalism » Tue May 04, 2010 2:15 am UTC

Destroyed US government today

Calc BC on wednesday, feeling pretty good(math major so I sure better be)

English Composition, feeling pretty good

Psych, not sure teacher is pretty good but I'm not really feeling it.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby lu6cifer » Tue May 04, 2010 2:56 am UTC

Calc Wednesday, probably a 5, especially with the huge curve
Then APUSH Friday...err...4? Maybe?

Bio and E&M Monday..Bio should be a 5, dunno about E&M though
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Chuff » Tue May 04, 2010 4:12 am UTC

I've got my Bio AP exam monday, which will be a ridiculously easy 5. English Language that wednesday... not so much. I'm hoping to get a 4 on it.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby nash1429 » Tue May 04, 2010 6:44 am UTC

i've heard that AP english language is a joke for any native speaker

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Yambert » Tue May 04, 2010 10:52 am UTC

I didnt take Ap eng. language, but man, Ap LITERATURE is the hardest AP test in my opinion. Its insane.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Ixtellor » Tue May 04, 2010 4:23 pm UTC

You guys sounds really confident. I wish my students had your bravado.

My kids never tell me "I pwned that test", would make me feel better.

Question for you AP Gov/Eco/Psych takers - at your school were the classes offered as 1 semester or 1 year courses.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

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Ixtellor wrote:You guys sounds really confident. I wish my students had your bravado.

My kids never tell me "I pwned that test", would make me feel better.

Question for you AP Gov/Eco/Psych takers - at your school were the classes offered as 1 semester or 1 year courses.


I don't have AP eco at my school

AP gov was a full year course(notably it is the year after US history so AP students in history get an additional edge)

Psych was full year, but only the second semester was at a true AP pacing
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Yambert » Tue May 04, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

Ixtellor wrote:You guys sounds really confident. I wish my students had your bravado.

My kids never tell me "I pwned that test", would make me feel better.

Question for you AP Gov/Eco/Psych takers - at your school were the classes offered as 1 semester or 1 year courses.



Gov was 1 semester for us.

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Postby Windmill » Tue May 04, 2010 10:46 pm UTC

Gov, Eco, and Psych were semesters when I was in high school.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Yreval » Tue May 04, 2010 11:10 pm UTC

Calculus BC tomorrow: I would very much like a 5, but I'm probably more likely to get a 4. Oh well; I'll do my best.
English Lit on thursday: if this test isn't a guaranteed 5, well, then I guess I won't be getting any fives this year. I know this historically has very tough grading, but I've also historically murdered the multiple choice portions for this class and Lang last year and I've been averaging 7's on my essays.
Physics C - Mechanics next week: physics major that I might be, my teacher for this class was not very good, which meant that the class as a whole quickly gave up. I understand all the concepts that I learned in non-AP Physics just perfectly, and I'm pretty competent at combining them with Calculus, but things like oscillations and harmonic motion that we didn't really do so much last year I'm pretty iffy on. That said, I managed a 4 on a practice test we did while most of the class was talking and goofing off (and cheating off of me and two or three other kids :roll: ) so I guess anything's possible. As in, anything from a 1 to a 5 :P .

And my school offers AP US Gov as either a full-year course by itself, or a semester course with AP Comparative Gov as the second semester, the latter option being more popular. AP Psych is a full-year class for us, and naturally it's silly easy. We don't have any Econ courses.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby kikko » Wed May 05, 2010 12:18 am UTC

Thursday: AP English Literature and Composition
Tuesday: AP Psychology
Wednesday: AP English Language and Composition

I'm thinking I'll get 4's or 3's on the English ones, and a 5 on psychology. If anyone has any tips for the two English ones, I could really use them.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby khanofmongols » Wed May 05, 2010 12:33 am UTC

Schedule:
Friday: European History: feel like I know everything only thing in question are the essays.
Monday: Bio and both Physics C tests: ugh, don't know how I'll do on bio, I will do well on MC but hate their essay format. Mechanics will likely be a five, EM not so much.
Thursday: Macroeconomics
Sometime later: Makeup Stats and US government tests.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Wed May 05, 2010 12:45 am UTC

Well, French Language was... interesting yesterday. I bombed the speaking section but I did fairly well everywhere else. I hope that I managed to get a 4.

Spanish Language today was the same, though I'm a bit more confident about this test. It was far easier than I expected. The two minute limit for the speaking session went by far faster than I expected, though.

I hope to manage a 4 on Calc (AB) tomorrow. English Lit is on Thursday and European History is on Friday, which is the one I'm most worried about. I'm taking Computer Science on the make-up day because of the conflict between it and Spanish Lang.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby unus vox » Wed May 05, 2010 12:47 am UTC

kikko wrote:I'm thinking I'll get 4's or 3's on the English ones, and a 5 on psychology. If anyone has any tips for the two English ones, I could really use them.


There's a lot I could say in regard to the English Lit AP, so I'll just narrow it down to a crucial issue:

Address the task of the essay. I know it sounds silly to say and needlessly obvious, but the number 1 problem writers (even AP students) have is fully and unwaveringly answering the task. When faced with a challenging piece of literature to analyze, especially in a setting where you're really trying to show off your skills, many people stray from the main objective. It's easy to go off on a tangent or focus on an aspect of the text about which you can speak volumes. But nothing is more important than maintaining a focus on the central question they ask of you.

When you read the directions on Part B, do yourself a favor and find the part of the task that gives you your essay topic. Rewrite the task in your own words, i.e. which aspect of the text they want you to examine. Now, become obsessed with that part of the text as you read it and write about it; ensure that every detail in your essay is ultimately commenting on this topic. For instance, last year's exam asked you to comment on how "[author] employs literary devices in adapting the Icarus myth to a contemporary setting." So, rewrite and obsess: "Mythological allusions to the present." And don't move on to a new thought in your essay without ensuring that you explicitly explained how your current point proves your thesis. Always link back to the main idea.

The other, equally important, part of the task is to mention literary devices/techniques. This is a given. You can analyze the text all you want and give brilliant interpretations, but unless you refer to the text through the proper terminology, you'll get points docked. Remember that no matter what you want to say, there's probably a word for it. Motif, foreshadowing, pathos--hell, even conflict and setting are best utilized when possible.

So: don't lose sight of your task, and use those literary terms! Good luck.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby DYRE » Wed May 05, 2010 2:47 am UTC

I'm taking Calc AB tomorrow, then English Literature, and Physics C: Mechanics on Monday (I think).
Hoping I do good on them, but I have no idea, really. I'm hoping that I'll at least get a 4 on calc and english. Physics should be easy but apparently I don't know anything so I need to study.
Oh, and Studio Art, but there's no test for that. Finishing up everything for that right now actually. I'm probably going to do bad on this one just because I procrastinated a lot and so I didn't have enough time to do good stuff. The moral of this story: do your artwork as early as possible and don't wait until the week before it's due to finish your last eight pieces.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby TommyTumnus » Wed May 05, 2010 3:15 am UTC

Calc AB tomorrow, just about guaranteed a 5--been scoring 100+/108 on all the practice tests we've taken.

Lit on Thursday, probably getting a 5 there, been doing very well on our practices.

Physics B on Monday I'm worried about. This is our teacher's second year teaching AP Physics, and we didn't even get close to finishing everything we needed to (he said at the beginning of the year that even though it was an AP class, he wasn't going to teach to the test). We have six chapters and all of electricity and magnetism to cover independently... not going to happen. Hoping to get at least a 4, though, because it's worth a ridiculous amount of credits where I'm going.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Yreval » Wed May 05, 2010 7:08 pm UTC

The Calc BC test was a real mess. I'm not feeling so good about it.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby 534n » Wed May 05, 2010 7:42 pm UTC

I took BC today and thought it easier than previous years that I did for practice, but a one of the free responses (we aren't supposed to talk about it for two days?) gave me a lot of trouble.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Durin » Wed May 05, 2010 8:07 pm UTC

I totally destroyed [in a good way] that Calculus BC exam. I made a couple of dumb snafus on the free response but oh well.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby mmmcannibalism » Wed May 05, 2010 8:43 pm UTC

I feel really good about how BC went today :D
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby liesofdesire » Wed May 05, 2010 9:31 pm UTC

I took the BC exam today and was doing well until I got to the last couple of free responses. I had no idea. Hopefully my overall score/the curve is enough to get me a 5.

Otherwise:
I took CompSci on Tuesday. The multiple choice was harder than I expected, but not too bad. The free responses were easy.
US History - not too worried, the curve is steep and I have a crash course
Physics Mechanics - I need to study this, but I'm capable of getting a 5.
E&M - This is the only one I'm worried about. Our teacher was out for a few weeks when we started learning it and I don't get much of it. I don't know how well I'll be able to do.
I also have English Language, but that's going to be the easiest one. We took a practice and I scored about 90%.
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Postby BurningLed » Wed May 05, 2010 10:36 pm UTC

Euro history Friday. *Shudder*

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Postby Havekk » Thu May 06, 2010 12:24 am UTC

Took Gov on Monday, thought it was pretty easy for the most part.

Comp Sci yesterday, destroyed that except for the Gridworld, probably should have learned that better. Oh well. The first three free response were so easy... Seemed like a joke.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby a7d07c8114 » Thu May 06, 2010 12:39 am UTC

DESTROYED CALC BC. ROAR.

But that Taylor series free response was absolutely...I mean, damn. Can't discuss it, but it'll be up soon enough on the AP website, so you can see for yourself. Think I did it right though.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

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a7d07c8114 wrote:DESTROYED CALC BC. ROAR.

But that Taylor series free response was absolutely...I mean, damn. Can't discuss it, but it'll be up soon enough on the AP website, so you can see for yourself. Think I did it right though.


I loved that question, I knew once I got through that with 8 or 9 points my 5 was sealed.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Thu May 06, 2010 1:39 am UTC

The BC Calc free response is just so goddamned fun. I'm actually kind of excited to see what it was this year.

I took US Government on Monday and found it pretty easy. I spent the last 40 minutes or so rewriting my answers as haiku:

Democratic votes
have been on the decline since
1948

and so on. Then Stats yesterday was pretty much what I expected, so I'm not too worried about it. Tomorrow I have to do Lit, which has me more worried because I underperformed on Lang last year and I therefore only trust my preparation so far.

Then next week I have psychology, which I expect to score a 5 on. That one's more about knowing the material than doing any very in-depth application, so I can expect that my practice scores will carry over well enough.

Oh, and for those asking above: My school uses trimesters rather than semesters, and every AP course runs all year.
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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Levi » Thu May 06, 2010 3:09 am UTC

My Latin AP test is next Friday. It's going to suck. There are four people in my class, and every one of us expects to get a 2, maybe a 3 if we're really lucky. There's a good chance we might get 1s. There's only one kid in our class who can consistently score higher than guessing randomly on the practice exams.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Zelda007 » Thu May 06, 2010 3:16 am UTC

The Calculus AB FRQs made me their bitch.

With our school just starting block scheduling this year, they seemed to have little idea that AP courses were going to get screwed. I knew calculus AB like the back of my hand... in December. Jump forward 4 or 5 months, and I don't remember quite as much. I should have studied way more than I did, but I still think our scheduling has something to do with it. I ended up doodling in the answer booklet. I even drew an xkcd comic. (http://xkcd.com/626/).

I was already pretty sure I wasn't going to get the 4 I needed for credit at Georgia Tech, but I at least hoped I would stand a chance. At least I'll have an easy course this fall when I start college.
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Postby Windmill » Thu May 06, 2010 5:29 am UTC

For those of you taking E&M, don't worry. I answered under a third of the test and there's no way I was right on all of it, still made a 4. The standards are very low.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby rath358 » Thu May 06, 2010 11:50 am UTC

Chem on Tuesday- I am worried. I love chem, and I have taken a bajillion practice tests. Sometimes, I rock them, but more often I make several silly mistakes. Maybe I just need to study more... anyway, I will probably get a 4, hopefully a 5, but maybe a 3...

Wednesday: Am Language- I think I have this one in the bag. For an engineering student, I can write a damn good essay.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Shivari » Thu May 06, 2010 8:00 pm UTC

Zelda007 wrote:The Calculus AB FRQs made me their bitch.


They touched me in ... bad places.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Yambert » Thu May 06, 2010 11:11 pm UTC

how'd everyone feel about the eng lit test today? I was worried about it, but I actually think it went really well. Im pretty confident I at least got a 4, possibly a 5 (hopefully!).

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby CalebC » Thu May 06, 2010 11:30 pm UTC

AP US History. I didn't study, so probably a four.

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Re: 2010 AP tests discussion thread!

Postby Velict » Fri May 07, 2010 5:08 pm UTC

CalebC wrote:AP US History. I didn't study, so probably a four.


My favorite AP exam/class by far.

Yambert wrote:how'd everyone feel about the eng lit test today? I was worried about it, but I actually think it went really well. Im pretty confident I at least got a 4, possibly a 5 (hopefully!).


I think it went very well. I'm almost certain a got a 5 (although my third essay was pretty lame).


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