AP Biology Free Response

AP Biology Free Response - When Writing AP Biology Essay...

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When Writing AP Biology Essay Answers… 1. Carefully read the question 2 - 3 times. 2. Brainstorm and outline the answer to avoid confusion and disorganization. Thinking ahead helps to avoid scratchouts, asterisks, skipping around, and rambling. Final answers cannot be in outline form. 3. Pay attention to catchwords such as compare ... cycle ... mechanism…describe…explain…give evidence for…graph…calculate 4. Define the terms you use. When using terms and definitions, use examples to illustrate. 5. Answer the question parts in order called for, separating each section. It is best not to skip around. Make your points easy to find. 6. Write clearly and neatly. Unless the handwriting is very good, small writing is a pain to read. Make your points easy to find. 7. Go into detail that is on the subject and to the point. Be succinct and answer all parts of the question thoroughly. Rambling is not encouraged. Make your points easy to find. 8. No poetic prose! No introduction or conclusion! Make your points easy to find. 9. When using terms and definitions, use examples to illustrate. 10. If you cannot remember a word exactly, take a shot at it - get as close as you can. If you don't have a name for a concept, describe the concept. 11. Most points are earned for basic information. Information you probably learned in your introductory high school biology class. 12. Use a black ballpoint pen. Make your points easy to find. 13. Remember that no detail is too small to be included as long as it is to the point. 14. Carefully label your diagrams (they get no points otherwise) and place them in the text at the appropriate place - not detached at the end. Make your points easy to find. 15. Bring a watch to the exam so that you can pace yourself. You have four essays with about 22 minutes for each essay. 16. If you are given a choice of 2-3 or 3-4 topics, do not do extra. Only the required writing is graded. 17. Points are not subtracted for incorrect information, but no points are awarded for contradictory information. 18. Grammar and spelling are moot, so long as phonetically accurate. But, do not make the reader work harder than necessary. Make your points easy to find. 19. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS 20. Practice outlining essay answers during the year. 21. Understanding that the exam is written to be hard - the average will be about 50%. It is very likely that you will not know everything, so relax and write thorough answers. 22. The rubrics for the essay questions posted on the U of Georgia website (via the Stanford AP Bio Teachers Workshop) were originally "typed" in Helvetica 10 - Microsoft Word. 1
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When Writing AP Biology Essay Answers DON'T 1. Don't waste time on background information unless the question calls for historical development or historical significance. Answer the question.
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