2016 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

The average student scores less than three points, out of five, on the AP Environmental Science test. Most do well on the multiple choice and struggle with the free-response section. Encourage extra free-response practice with actual test questions covering soil formation and climates. The College Board also released answer guides, scoring guidelines, and more that align with the exam.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as practice writing questions throughout the year in preparation for the AP exam
  • Assign teams of pupils to grade answers based on the scoring guidelines given by AP; each team should grade three to four papers that belong to others
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects individuals have prior knowledge of all AP Environmental Science content
Pros

  • Encourages writing, scientific thinking, and mathematical communication
  • Offers tips for altering instruction to avoid common mistakes
Cons

  • None