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5 Section II of the Exam: How to Approach the Free-Response
You can use these question-answering strategies to raise your score.
The themes that may be covered on the free-response essays should be reviewed.
The essays are scored.
Key vocabulary can be reviewed in the essay prompt.
Strategies for responding to the essay prompt are acquired.
There are four compulsory free-response or essay questions in the U.S. Government and Politics exam.
You must answer all four questions.
Choose one of the three court cases listed will be allowed within the question.
You will be given 100 minutes for the free-response section, so you should plan on devoting 25 minutes per question.
The topics, issues, concepts, and content from all six areas of the course will be covered in the questions.
Your responses must be focused because the free-response questions are specific.
You must pay close attention to what is being asked if you want to get responses that don't require a thesis statement.
To get the highest possible score, answer the question.
The ability to think critically and analyze the topics studied in U.S. Government and Politics is assessed in the free-response essay.
Students can demonstrate an understanding of the government by writing essays.
There is a double-edged sword to the free-response question.
No one question is more important than another.
Stick to your strategy for answering the questions.
Don't say things that aren't true.
It's possible thatambling will cause you to make mistakes.
Creating a general outline may help you in this section.
As soon as the course starts, you need to start preparing for the free-response essay.
When you are assigned an essay in your government and politics class, focus on your writing skills and practice as if you were writing for the AP exam.
Work to correct areas of weakness by determining your strengths and weaknesses.
Your teacher will probably give you plenty of opportunities to complete these types of essays.
Broaden your knowledge base by reading your textbooks.
When writing the free-response essay, they will give you basic information.
For example, interactions between the branches of government or how the media influence lawmakers, do not skim the text.
Current events relating to government and politics are covered in the news.
Take notes and study them.
Take advantage of practice writing whenever you can.
Check out the previous year's free-response questions, rubrics, and sample scored student essays on the College Board website.
You will have to register, but it is worth it.
Readers look for answers to their questions.
Each free-response is scored by a different AP reader.
The standards established in the rubric need to be compared with the student essay.
The same standards are applied to all essays.
Students should be aware of the subject matter of the question.
Don't just write about Congress when you see it.
Do you know what the question is about Congress?
List, explain, describe, identify and explain, or explain and give examples are examples you can give when you are asked to perform more than one task.
There is an order to the tasks within the question.
To answer the question or address the tasks in the order asked, organize your essay.
Free-response questions are easy to answer and can be used to perform certain tasks.
Understanding what the prompt is asking you to do will help you do the task correctly.
Determine what you are being asked to write about by reading the entire question.
Determine the topics, issues, and key terms that define your task by analyzing the question.
Key terms to pay attention to.
Before you begin to write, organize your ideas and outline them.
You can use the blank space in the test booklet to plan.
The introduction should restate the question, factual information, evidence and examples.
The question was presented in an order.
Keep your sentences simple and stick to your outline.
If time is short, use bulleted lists with explanations or an outline to jump into the essay.
Reread the question and the essay to see if you answered it.
Make sure you answer all of the free-response questions.
Even though these errors won't count against you, they can make your essay harder to read and make your answer less understandable.
Each of the free-response essays uses rubrics to evaluate your performance.
They are based on the amount of points earned.
The members of the Test Development Committee assign points to students for each free-response question.
The chief faculty consultant, exam leaders, and question leaders develop preliminary rubrics for each question based on these points.
If necessary, these rubrics are revised against actual student essays.
Table leaders are trained to use these standards.
When the reading begins, table leaders teach the AP readers at their table how to use the rubric for that particular question.
The rubrics are not changed once the reading begins.
Each scoring rubric is different because of the different free-response questions.
Several characteristics are common to all U.S. Government and Politics rubrics.
All aspects and tasks of the question are addressed in each rubric.
There are two points for the discussion and one point for a correct identification.
These distinguish what is acceptable from what is not acceptable in the answer, for example, do not accept the Democratic Party if you accept AARP as an interest group.
A scale of points is awarded for successfully completing a task.
Identification of an interest group is worth a single point.
Points are not deducted for correct responses.
It can be applied consistently by different people.
If more than one reader were to score an essay, it would get the same score.
Do's and don'ts should be considered when writing a free response.
Readers aren't impressed if you use big words but don't understand what they mean.
They are professors and teachers.
The reader should think positively about your essay.
Information should be provided with an explanation or link.
It's harder to read in blue or black ink than it is in pencil.
They make it easier to score.
You can answer the questions in chronological order.
First, answer the questions that you know best.
No harm is done if you run out of time.
Even though the essays are graded on different scales, they are weighted equally and together count for half your total score.
If the question asks for examples, give a discussion of how that example shows the concept.
If the hypothetical examples are backed up with facts, they may be used.
When time frames are used, keep your evidence and examples within that time frame.
If you keep babbling after you have answered the question, the reader might question your answer.
The second diagnostic exam has a free-response section.
The second diagnostic exam has a free-response section.
Again, do this entire section in one sitting.
When scoring your answers, be honest with yourself.
If you don't finish the questions before the 100 minutes is up, stop where you are and score what you've already done.
Do not count the answers as part of your score after you answer the remaining questions.
When you've completed all of the free-response questions on the exam, check to see which ones gave you trouble.
This book can be used to learn from your mistakes.
You have 100 minutes to answer all the questions.
If the directions don't say so, respond to all of the questions.
You should take a few minutes to plan and outline each answer.
As the question is numbered below, make sure to number your answers.
If you need more space, use a separate sheet of paper.
The powers of the presidency are far beyond those of the founding fathers.
Entitlements have been a significant part of the U.S. since the 1930s.
The most extensive entitlement program in the United States is Social Security.
A strong national government is what the U.S. Constitution was written to fix.
The nature of race relations in the United States has been defined by many Supreme Court decisions.
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