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Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08

Computer Science A

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 15 minutes Section II—1 hour and 45 minutes

Course Equivalency: First-semester introductory college course

Description: Section I consists of multiple-choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. At least five multiple-choice questions and one free-response question are based on the AP GridWorld Case Study. This case study, available at www.collegeboard. com/apstudents, provides students with illustrations of fundamental programming concepts and a platform that allows them to extend and modify a large program design. Students should work with the case study throughout the school year. Java is used as the programming language for AP Computer Science.

Computer Science AB

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 15 minutes Section II—1 hour and 45 minutes

Course Equivalency: Full-year introductory college course

Description: Section I consists of multiple-choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. At least five multiple-choice questions and one free-response question are based on the AP GridWorld Case Study. This case study, available at www.collegeboard. com/apstudents, provides students with illustrations of fundamental programming concepts and a platform that allows them to extend and modify a large program design. Students should work with the case study throughout the school year. Java is used as the programming language for AP Computer Science.

Economics—Macroeconomics

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 10 minutes Section II—1 hour

Course Equivalency: One-semester introductory college course

in analyzing prose passages and asks them to demonstrate their composition skills by writing essays in various rhetorical modes. One of the three free-response questions requires students to synthesize information from a variety of sources to inform their own discussion of a topic.

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions, including a 10-minute reading and planning period. The AP Macroeconomics Exam covers basic economic concepts; measurement of economic performance; national income and price determination; financial sector; stabilization policies; international economics; and economic growth.

Economics—Microeconomics

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour and 10 minutes Section II—1 hour

Course Equivalency: One-semester introductory college course

English Literature and Composition

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

Course Equivalency: Full-year introductory college course

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. The AP English Literature and Composition Exam tests students’ skills in analyzing selected poems and prose passages, as well as their ability to write critical or analytical essays based on poems, prose passages, novels, or plays.

Environmental Science

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions, including a 10-minute reading and planning period. The AP Microeconomics Exam covers basic economic concepts; supply and demand; the theory of consumer choice; production and costs; firm behavior and market structure; factor markets; and market failure and the role of government.

English Language and Composition

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

Course Equivalency: One-semester introductory college course with laboratory

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions. Section II consists of free-response questions. The free-response questions include one data-set question, one document-based question, and two synthesis/ evaluation questions.

Exam Duration: Section I—1 hour Section II—2 hours and 15 minutes

Course Equivalency: Full-year introductory college course

French Language

Exam Duration: Section I—approx. 1 hour and 25 minutes Section II—approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions, including a 15-minute reading period. The AP English Language and Composition Exam tests students’ skills

Course Equivalency: Third-year French Composition or Conversation college course

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice listening and reading comprehension questions. Section II consists of free-response

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