AP Env. Science AB: Week 17 Update

18/16/14 week Spring 2020

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This Week's Focus: Final Exam

We will take the Final Exam this week. As a reminder, you MUST take your final at some point by 11:59 PM Thursday, May 7. You are allotted 90 minutes for the exam and it will count for 20% of your TOTAL COURSE GRADE!

I have prepared a variety of review resources here: http://www.mrskscience.com/ap-environmental-science/ap-exam and here: https://www.smore.com/xuwka. Your course content also has many review resources in the review module. Please plan to take advantage of these resources.

Please see below for detailed information about the final exam and AP Exam.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Emily Kroutil


470-238-8663 (call or text; please do not call after 8 PM)

Final Exam FAQ

1. When is the final exam?

The final exam window closes at 11:59 pm May 7 (5/7). Students must complete the exam during this window, if they are planning to take the exam this semester.

2. How long in the final exam?

The exam is 90 minutes. You must complete the exam in 1 sitting. No starting, pausing and returning later.

3. Where do I take the final exam?

The exam is online in our course under Quizzes. It is active and is the last quiz link. It is recommended that you plan for a quiet, uninterrupted time to complete the exam during the exam window.

4. What is the final exam worth?

The final exam is worth 20% of your course average. A zero will not be added if you do not take it this semester. Please contact your face to face school and ask them what they want you to do regarding the final exam.

5. Are we allowed to exempt the final exam?

Please contact your face to face school and ask them what they want you to do regarding the final exam.

6. What is on the exam?

The exam is comprehensive. It will cover all modules from our course.

7. How should I study for the final exam?

Attend the Jigsaw final exam reviews. Go through every test and quiz you've taken this semester and hand write the question, the correct answer, and why the correct answer is correct for EVERY question you've missed. This will result in a review that is specifically tailored to your weaknesses. If you notice that you struggled with a certain concept, go back and watch the synchronous session that covered that concept or explore the resources in the Module's Course Resources Newsletter.

Final Exam Breakdown

  • 20% of your entire grade (equivalent to EVERY LAB we have done this ENTIRE semester!)
  • You have 90 minutes to take the exam

  • The test has 61 Multiple Choice questions:
  • 5 Plate Tectonics, Natural Resources, and Management
  • 11 Geology, Soil, and Land Management
  • 0 Food Production and Pesticides
  • 7 Air Pollution and Climate Change
  • 5 Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability
  • 33 APES A: Intro, Science/Systems, Biodiversity, Populations, Terrestrial Biomes, Aquatic Biomes, Energy

Want an individualized way to prepare for the final exam?

STEP 1: Go to EACH quiz and test you've taken this semester.

STEP 2: For each question that you missed, HANDWRITE the question, the CORRECT answer, and why the CORRECT answer is CORRECT (If you do this for tests, you can submit it as test corrections and earn +5 points back on your test)

Ta-da! You're reviewing for the final and focusing on the concepts YOU'VE had the most trouble with this semester!

PS - This is also the procedure for test corrections. If you want your corrections to count towards your pre-final grade, they MUST be turned in by 11:59PM on December 3 No exceptions!

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Final/AP Exam Review Schedule

  • Review 1 - April 21
  • Review 2 - April 28
  • Review 3 - May 5
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Spring 2020 AP Exam Information

By now, I'm sure you've heard that the AP exam this spring will be drastically different than it has been in previous years. I want to share with you some information that I know about the exam and also some study resources.

Here is what we DO know about the AP Exam for Environmental Science:

  • It will be 45 minutes and include 2 FRQS: Design an Experiment (60% of the exam grade) and Analyze and Propose a Solution (40% of the exam grade). NO CALCULATIONS will be on this year's exam. - You will need to be logged into your GAVS email to view these videos of me walking you through both types of FRQ questions.
  • You will have 25 minutes to answer the first question (the timer will say 30 minutes, but it will start to flash red at 25 minutes because the last 5 minutes are for uploading)
  • You will have 20 minutes to answer the second question
  • If the upload is slow, the system is designed to keep the upload going in the background while the next question starts. As long as you have clicked the upload before the end of the time, the upload will start and be fine.
  • You can only upload one file per question. If you need help figuring out how to make handwritten images into one file, PLEASE contact me and I will help you with this.
  • You can handwrite your answers OR type, not both.
  • If you go over time, there is no make up. It is a zero.
  • If there is a technical issue, there will be a form that you can fill out to request a re-test. They will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • The LockDown browser on AP Classroom will NOT be used on the AP exam.
  • Today (hopefully), the College Board should send you a worksheet that they want you to have printed out and sitting next to you as you test, if at all possible. It will have some things the you will want next to them during the test. - if you do NOT receive this worksheet this week, please email me and I will send you a copy.
  • The week of May 4 each of you will get an email with your test login information. This is so important for you to have and keep. It will also be on their AP account that you use to login to AP Classroom and other AP stuff.
  • Cheating...they say they have many things in place to catch cheating. They are reporting the cheating caught to all universities and schools. They said they caught a ring that was preparing how to cheat on AP Physics (not sure which one) last week

Here are some resources to help you prepare for the AP exam:

April 28th Info From College Board

  • 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/526 KB): IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU complete this checklist for each exam you take and keep it next to you while testing.
  • Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give you quick, easily accessible information about your test day experience, what you need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.
  • AP Exam Demo (available May 4): Use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit your exam responses. The demo will help you confirm that your testing device will be able to access and run the online exam. If you can’t access the demo, the final slide of the Testing Guide can help you troubleshoot. The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and isn't a practice exam. The College Board will send you an email to remind them when the demo is available.
  • Online AP Classes and Review Sessions prep week: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.
  • Student Outreach: If you are having difficulty receiving College Board emails, please visit the following page: "Confirm your email address"

Videos Explaining the TWO questions on the Spring 2020 Exam

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Make sure that you bubble "033" on your AP Exam Answer Sheet for the Online Provider Code.

Synchronous Help Session

Tuesday, May 5th, 8-9pm

This is an online event.

Final/AP Exam Review Session - I will be reviewing for the final/AP exam. Click this LINK to join the session.