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Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08

Human Geography

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

Course Equivalency: One-semester introductory college course

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. The exam covers the nature and perspectives of geography; population; cultural patterns and processes; political organization of space; agricultural and rural land use; industrialization and economic development; and cities and urban land use.

Italian 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 Italian

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions that assess communication skills in the interpretive mode 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 includes two paragraph completion exercises, two compositions (one on a cultural topic), a spoken narration, and a simulated conversation.

Japanese Language and Culture

Exam Duration: Section I—approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes Section II—approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes

Course Equivalency: 300 hours of college- level classroom instruction in Japanese

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions that assess communication skills in the interpretive mode 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 students to produce written and spoken responses. It requires students to participate in an exchange of text- chat messages, write an article, write a Web posting on a cultural topic, participate in two conversations, make a school announcement, narrate a story, and make a cultural presentation.

Latin Literature

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

Course Equivalency: Intermediate (fourth- to sixth-semester) college work on the poems of Catullus and selections from the works of either Cicero, Horace, or Ovid; colleges may cover the material required by the AP course in either one or two semesters.

Music Theory

Exam Duration: Section I—approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes Section II—approx. 1 hour and 18 minutes

Course Equivalency: Full-year introductory college course

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions. Section II consists of free-response questions and a sight-singing performance. In the free-response section, students are asked to do two exercises each of melodic and harmonic dictation; two part- writing exercises (one from figured bass, one from Roman numerals); and a composition exercise entailing composing a bass line from a given melody. In the sight-singing component, students are asked to sing two diatonic melodies after a brief practice period. Students will receive subscore grades for the aural (listening and sight-singing) and nonaural (written) portions of this exam in addition to the overall composite grade.

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions based on four Latin passages of poetry or prose (one passage is from the course syllabus and three passages are to be read at sight). Section II includes translations, essays, and short identification questions on the readings required in the course syllabus.

Latin: Vergil

Physics B

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

Course Equivalency: Full-year noncalculus college survey course intended for students not majoring in a physical science or engineering

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

Course Equivalency: Intermediate (fourth- to sixth-semester) college work on the Aeneid; colleges may cover the material required by the AP course in either one or two semesters.

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions based on four Latin passages of poetry or prose (one passage is from the course syllabus and three passages are to be read at sight). Section II includes translations and essays on the readings required in the course syllabus.

Description: Section I consists of multiple- choice questions, and Section II consists of free-response questions. These assess understanding of ideas in these major content areas: mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Tables of commonly used equations are provided for use on the free-response section only. Scientific calculators, including programmable and graphing calculators, are permitted only for the free-response section.

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