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Exam Descriptions

Art History

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour Section II—2 hours

Course Equivalency: Full-year college course in art history

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of seven short essays based on slides and/or a quotation from a primary source or document, and also two 30-minute essays addressing typical and significant problems in art history. One of these 30-minute essays requires in- depth discussion of at least one work from beyond the European tradition.

Studio Art Drawing, Studio Art 2-D Design, Studio Art 3-D Design

Exam Duration: Not applicable since grading is based on portfolio evaluations

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of a reading period followed by free-response questions. Sections I and II both test students’ understanding of ideas that unite the major content areas: molecules and cells; heredity and evolution; and organisms and populations. Both sections may include questions based on the objectives of the 12 recommended AP Biology laboratory investigations.

Calculus AB

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 45 minutes Section II—1 hour and 30 minutes

Course Equivalency: Two-thirds of a full- year college-level calculus sequence

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. Sections I and II both contain parts where a graphing calculator is required and parts where a graphing calculator is prohibited.

Course Equivalency: One-semester or full- year college course with the same name or content coverage

Description: Portfolio Sections:

Calculus BC

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 45 minutes Section II—1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Quality (mastery in concept, composition,

and execution)

Course Equivalency: Full-year college-level calculus sequence

  • Concentration (a body of work investigating an underlying visual idea)

  • Breadth (demonstration of a wide range of experience in concepts and approaches)

The 2008 AP Studio Art Course Description and the 2007-08 Studio Art poster detail requirements for preparing portfolios for submission.

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. Sections I and II both contain parts where a graphing calculator is required and parts where a graphing calculator is prohibited. Students taking Calculus BC will receive a subscore grade for the AB portion of the exam in addition to the overall composite grade.

Biology

Chemistry

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 20 minutes Section II—1 hour and 40 minutes

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 30 minutes Section II—1 hour and 35 minutes

Course Equivalency: Full-year introductory college course in biology with laboratory

Course Equivalency: Full-year introductory college course with laboratory

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Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions. Section II consists of free- response questions and is divided into two parts. Part A, during which calculator use is permitted, is 55 minutes long and contains three quantitative problems, one of which is on chemical equilibrium. Part B, during which no calculators are permitted, is 40 minutes long and contains one question requiring students to write balanced equations for three chemical reactions (and to answer a short question about each reaction), plus two essay questions. In every exam either one of the quantitative problems or one of the essays will be on the topic of laboratory. A periodic table is provided for students to use with Sections I and II of the exam, and a list of commonly used equations and constants is provided during Section II of the exam only. Calculators are permitted only for the problems in Part A of Section II.

Chinese Language and Culture

Exam Duration: Section I—approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes Section II—approx. 1 hour and 25 minutes

Course Equivalency: Fourth-semester college/university course in Mandarin Chinese

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions that assess communication skills in the interpersonal and interpretive modes using listening and reading questions. Section II consists of free-response questions that assess communication skills in the interpersonal and presentational modes, as well as cultural knowledge, by requiring the student to produce written and spoken responses. It requires students to narrate a story, write a letter, respond to an e- mail message, relay a telephone message, participate in a conversation, make a cultural presentation, and make a presentation on a plan for an event.

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