2011 AP Exam Updates!

Aug 15, 10 2011 AP Exam Updates!

There are some new and very important changes to the AP exam for the 2010-2011 school year. The most important change will affect the strategy that test takers need to adopt:

Multiple Choice Section Changes:

The College Board, best known for the SAT, also administers the AP exams. In past years, the AP exam multiple choice sections were scored like the SAT exam. An incorrect answer was penalized with a deduction in points. This year incorrect answers will no longer cause a deduction in points.

What does this mean?

Basically, it means GUESS if you don’t know an answer.

What is the best strategy?

Try eliminating answers that don’t make sense first, then pick the most reasonable answer based upon common sense.

If you run out of time:

Pick answer choice B and fill in the rest of the bubbles with it. Statistically, you should wind up with more points if you do this rather than randomly bubble in the rest of the questions.

There are some specialized changes to some science, history, and language coming in the near future. Stay tuned for articles explaining what’s going on.

If you are taking the AP Calculus AB or BC exam:

Make sure that you buy an updated 2011 prep book from your preferred provider (Kaplan, Princeton Review, and 5 steps to a 5 have current editions out). The free-response sections have been modified, and you will want to practice with updated tests. I will post an article on the specifics very soon, so stay tuned.

For more information, check out the College Board article directly.


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