The AP Environmental Science exam will be administered on May 2, 2016 at 8:00 A.M.
Where can I find past released exams for AP Environmental Science?
Reviewing AP Environmental Science released exams is a great way to review for the exam. Reviewing an AP Environmental Science released exam allows you to gain a stronger understanding of what you will be expected to know when the AP test rolls around. The AP Central is a good place to start. You can find old AP Environmental Science practice exams here. Additionally take a look at the next question (Can I see a couple examples of past AP Environmental Science free response questions?) to see a couple free response question examples.
Can I see a couple examples of past AP Environmental Science free response questions?
Past AP Environmental Science exams have four free response questions each. Below are examples of AP Environmental Science FRQs taken from different years:
2015 AP Environmental Science free response question #2
If you follow this link, you should be able to see the 2015 AP Environment Science free response question #2. The first three sections on this question are testing your ability to carry out simple mathematic calculations. Each of these questions can be done using a unit conversion set up to achieve the desired unit that the College Board is looking for. Section D of the AP Environmental Science free response question tests your knowledge of the medication impacts of mercury. Finally, Section E tests your knowledge of resource disposal, specifically that of e-waste. This question tests both your math ability and knowledge of common AP Environmental Science, so make sure to be well versed in both. You can look at the complete solution guide for the 2015 Environmental Science free response question #2 here.
2013 AP Environmental Science free response question #4
If you follow this link, you will be able to see the 2013 AP Environment Science free response question #4. This free response question tests your general knowledge of biodiversity and the impact that humans can have on it. This second part is critical to understand for AP Environmental Science free response questions in general because many of the questions will ask you to evaluate and analyze the impact of humans on a given topic. This question requires a large amount of analytical thought because not only does the College Board ask you to answer questions such as identifying human activities that reduce biodiversity, but they also ask that you explain how this reduction occurs. You can see a complete solution guide to the 2013 AP Environmental Science free response question #4 here.
What is the format of AP Environmental Science?
The AP Environmental Science exam is 3 hours long and has two components to it: a multiple choice and a free response section. Unlike many other AP exams, the weighting of the two sections is not equal: the multiple choice section consists of 60% of your test grade, while the free response section makes up the remaining 40%.
Section I of AP Environmental Science: Multiple Choice
1 hour and 30 minutes
The score you get on the multiple choice section of the AP Environmental Science exam is based on how many questions you answer correctly. You do not lose any points for getting questions wrong or for leaving questions blank. This section will assess your knowledge on many different topic areas of the course such as Earth Systems and Resources, the Living World, Population, Land and Water Use, Energy Resources and Consumption, Pollution, and Global Change.
Section II of AP Environmental Science: Free Response
There are 4 questions to answer in the FRQ section of AP Environmental Science.
AP Environmental Science is interesting when it comes to the FRQs because it offers a few different styles of question formats. One FRQ will be related to a document in which you will answer questions pertaining to the document presented. Another FRQ will be a data set where you will demonstrate your ability to analyze and interpret information. Finally, there are two FRQs that pose synthesis and evaluation questions in the form of multipart essays.
The important thing to remember for APES is that the FRQ section applies principles. You cannot just get away with memorizing terms as you’ll have to demonstrate your ability to synthesize from many different sources.
Where is a good place to start AP Environmental Science review?
You're here! Learnerator has 600+ AP Environmental Science questions perfect for your APES reviewing at any point in your studying process. Each question tests your knowledge and offers an in depth explanation for why each answer is correct or incorrect. The explanations and feedback are displayed immediately to allow a fast paced and simple learning platform. Easy and moderate questions are completely free, so there's no reason to not start right away!
When should I start studying for the AP Environmental Science exam?
The Learnerator platform lends itself perfectly to an organized AP Environmental Science study plan. By answering just 20 questions a day, you will be able to get through and master all of Learnerator's AP Environmental Science review questions within 30 days-around a month. You should probably plan for the unexpected though; give yourself an additional week before the AP exam to ask questions, understand those last concepts, and just wind down a bit from all of your hard work. You’ve earned it!
Will I get college credit from taking the APES exam?
Maybe. Scoring a 3 on the APES test is required to pass the exam, but a passing score is not always enough to get credit from your college or university. Colleges are becoming stricter with accepting AP credits, so in order to find out if you will get credit for taking the AP Environmental Science test, click here.
How do I get a 5 on the AP Environmental Science test?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. If there was, more than 7.5% of students would get a 5 on the AP Environmental Science test. What separates a student who scores a 5 from one who scores a 3 or 4 is actually quite simple though: practice. Getting a 5 on the APES test is not an easy task, but Learnerator can make it manageable. The extensive database of 600+ environmental science practice questions gives you all of the resources you need to make sure you can get your 5.
Am I allowed to use a calculator on the APES exam?
Students are not allowed to use calculators when taking the AP Environmental Science test.
What is the AP Environmental Science curriculum/ what do I have to know before taking the APES test?
The College Board outlines the information you will be responsible for understanding on the AP Environmental Science exam as follows:
- Overview of Environmental Sciences
- Understanding of the Living World and Organisms
- Population Analysis
- Earth Systems and Resources
- Land Use
- Water Use
- Energy Resources
- Energy Consumption
- Global Changes