2020 AP Test Guide

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Overview

As always, we at Genius Hub want you to feel as prepared as possible for your AP classes, and that includes AP tests

We know that the unfamiliarity of this year’s AP tests may be stressful for some students, which is why we put together this guide. We will cover what this year’s exams look like and we will give you our advice on the best ways to study for these new tests. We hope this guide will help you feel prepared for your AP tests

AP United States History

Exam Date

May 15th at 1:00pm CST

Questions

There will be 1 question, worth 100% of your score. It will be a Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ). You will be presented with 5 historical sources, 1 of which is non-text based

Timing

You will have 45 minutes to read and respond to the prompt, then 5 minutes to upload you response

You Will Need To...

Respond to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis or claim that establishes a line of reasoning

Describe a broader historical context relevant to the prompt

Support an argument in response to the prompt using at least 4 documents

Use at least 2 additional pieces of specific historical evidence (beyond that found in the documents) relevant to an argument about the prompt

For at least 2 documents, explain how or why the document’s point of view, purpose, historical situation, and/or audience is relevant to an argument

Use evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the prompt

What to Study

Eligible Units

Unit 3: Period 3: 1754-1800

Unit 4: Period 4: 1800-1848

Unit 5: Period 5: 1848-1844

Unit 6: Period 6: 1865-1898

Unit 7: Period 7: 1890-1945

Resources

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AP Chemistry

Exam Date

May 14th at 1:00pm CST

Questions

Question 1 is worth 60% of your score and Question 2 is worth 40% of your score. Both are long free-response questions. You will be presented with a chemical system and/or data

Timing

You will have 25 minutes to read/respond to Question 1, then 5 minutes to upload your response. Next, you will have 15 minutes to read/respond to Question 2, then 5 minutes to upload your response

You Will Need To...

Explain chemical phenomena using models, theories, and representations at the particulate and macroscopic levels

Draw conclusions from experimental results, identify and explain experimental procedures that are aligned to a question, and analyze sources of error

Analyze a system with quantitative reasoning

Support claims with evidence and reasoning

What to Study

Eligible Units

Unit 1: Atomic Structure and Properties

Unit 2: Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties

Unit 3: Intermolecular Forces and Properties

Unit 4: Chemical Reactions

Unit 5: Kinetics

Unit 6: Thermodynamics

Unit 7: Equilibrium

Resources

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AP Biology

Exam Date

May 18th at 1:00pm CST

Questions

Question 1 is worth 65% of your score and Question 2 is worth 35% of your score. Question 1 has you interpret and evaluate experimental results. You will be presented with an authentic scenario along with a data table and/or graph. Question 2 has you conceptually analyze a biological phenomenon with a disruption

Timing

You will have 25 minutes to read/respond to Question 1, then 5 minutes to upload your response. Next, you will have 15 minutes to read/respond to Question 2, then 5 minutes to upload your response

You Will Need To...

For Question 1:

Describe and explain biological concepts, processes, or models, in applied context

Identify and justify experimental design procedures

Analyze data

Make and justify predictions

 

For Question 2:

Describe biological concepts or processes, in applied context

Explain biological concepts or processes, in applied context

Predict the causes or effects of a change in a biological system

Support or justify a claim with reasoning or evidence

What to Study

Eligible Units

Unit 1: Chemistry Of Life

Unit 2: Cell Structure And Function

Unit 3: Cellular Energetics

Unit 4: Cell Communication And Cell Cycle

Unit 5: Heredity

Unit 6: Gene Expression And Regulation

Resouces

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AP Calculus AB

Exam Date

May 12th at 1:00pm CST

Questions

Question 1 is worth 60% of your score and Question 2 is worth 40% of your score. Both are multi-focus free-response questions

Timing

You will have 25 minutes to read/respond to Question 1, then 5 minutes to upload your response. Next, you will have 15 minutes to read/respond to Question 2, then 5 minutes to upload your response

You Will Need To...

Demonstrate your knowledge and skills developed in 2 or more of the eligible units and topics prompt

What to Study

Eligible Units

Unit 1: Limits And Continuity

Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition And Fundamental Properties

Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, And Inverse Functions

Unit 4: Contextual Applications Of Differentiation

Unit 5: Analytical Applications Of Differentiation

Unit 6: Integration And Accumulation Of Change

Unit 7: Differential Equations

Resources

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