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7. Budget your time.Learning to budget your time on the AP Macro exam can mean the difference between a score of 3 and a score of 5. You need to spend an adequate amount of time on each FRQ since each of them is important. The first free-response question is the longest and counts for 50% of your FRQ section score. For this reason, you should spend half of your FRQ time on this essay. Use 5 or 10 minutes to read the question and understand the meaning, then devote 25 minutes to writing your answer. The remaining two FRQs are short and count for 25% of your free-response score. Spend a few minutes reading each question, then devote about 12 minutes to writing each of these FRQs.
The Ultimate List of AP Macroeconomics Tips Cont.222Interested in an Albert license? E-mail us at [email protected]8. Know the AP Macro buzzwords.The key buzzwords to look out for on the AP Macroeconomics free-response section include: Show, Identify, Calculate, and Explain. Buthowexactly should you answer each of these questions? Let’s find out:
9. Get your economic lingo down.You need to convince the AP Macro graders that you know what you’re talking about. This means that you absolutely must have your economic vocabulary down, especially for the FRQ section. What does this mean? Well, let’s take a look at a few examples:• Instead of saying “went up,” say “increased.”• Instead of saying “went down,” say “decreased.”• Do not say that curves “move.” Say that curves “shift.”• Curves do not shift up or down, they shift left or right.• Use “money” correctly:‣“Money” should only be used when discussing Money Creation andMoney Supply.‣Do not write “money” when you mean “income.”‣Do not write “money” when you mean “currency.”Source:JB’s Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
The Ultimate List of AP Macroeconomics Tips Cont.224Interested in an Albert license? E-mail us at [email protected]10. Practice, practice, practice.You will struggle on the AP Macro exam if you don’t practice. You must learnhowto take the exam in order to maximize your score. TheCollege Board websiteprovides past AP Macro free-response essay questions, along with sample student responses, grading rubrics, and score distributions from 2003 to 2015. Start by reading through a few questions and their sample responses. Look at why a certain essay received a higher score than another essay. Then, try a few questions on your own without looking at the rubric or sample responses. Once you’re finished, compare your answers to the scoring guidelines and past student responses. What score would you give yourself? How can you improve? Did you leave anything out that you should’ve included? Did you over-complicate your answer? Check outAlbert.iofor practice FRQs with sample answers and a wide variety of practice multiple-choice questions.