When they look at the grading Rubrics, they some times, “Well why didn’t I write that it’s obvious,” like describe the structure of the cell and the various functions of the organelles.
They won’t say things like there’s the membrane they think well that’s too obvious they start tying to get into the nitty gritty details. 60% of the people who take the test, pass.So they will give points a to of times for the basic stuff.
If you say in stead of saying photosynthesis only happens during the day say, typically photosynthesis only happens during the day.
That allows you to give yourself a little but of a cover to protect against any reader who happens to know nitty-gritty details that might say well what if such and such happened?
Let’s start with read the question.They give you ten minutes to read all four questions on the essay. They started doing that several years ago, I don’t know when you’re going to watch this. If they say compare and contrast, they want how are they similar, how are they different. If you wan to maximize your score you need to write something for every single part.Usually the way they break it down is if there’s three parts then the part A is worth four points, part B is worth four points and part C is worth four points. What that does is it allows you to say get four points here, three points here and three points here and you still get a max 10.
And what happened is that they had discovered when they gave kids just 90 minutes to read and write, a lot of kids were just reading them way too fast, and had no idea what they were actually writing an answer to. Because they recognize that the breath of the AP exam, it covers, as they told me 130% of what any one freshman college class in Biology can cover.Go ahead and say DNA has a Double Helix shape as you can see in my drawing to the right and maybe label it DNA Double Helix.Sometimes I’ve seen Rubrics where they just gave a point for having a diagram so why not add it in. I have my kids take lots of practice essays and they get graded on.Then junior high your teacher started banging over your head, “You need to have an introductory paragraph and three body paragraphs and then a conclusion.” Many of you are taking AP English right now, and they’re really hitting you with how to have smooth transitions and restate your thesis statement and all these other stuff.That’s all going to go to waste now because, when you take the AP biology Essay questions all of that stuff your English teachers taught you, complete and utterly useless. My students on the AP test, they are typically scoring one or two points higher than the national average on the essay questions. And if you know how the game is played, you can do a lot better. Now, the one thing is, you cannot have an outline or bullet points it must appear from a distance if somebody was looking at your paper wasn’t actually reading but looking at it from a distance it needs to at least appear to be and essay.And part of that is because I’ve sat down and I have analyzed how do they grade these essays? Similarly, I don’t really like some of the guys who grade the AP exam. You need to have sentences and don’t forget that you have verbs now and then. During the ten minutes when you’re reading the question you can jot down ideas that’s fine but when you start writing your answers it needs to be in sentence form.I feel completely and utterly happy to show you how to use their own rules against them. I’m going to begin by first just talking about generically, how should you write an AP Biology essay? Be very careful one thing that will screw kids up is the use of pronouns like it because a lot of us get very clumsy with our pronouns.Because there are some plants that do a weird form of photosynthesis where they actually do some portions of it during the night time.Well that’s one reason to stay away from absolutes. Another reason to avoid these absolutes, like never and ever, is that, when you’re writing about something.What will happen is that, you may stumble across on one of these more unusual versions of the name of the real enzyme, or you may trick the reader into thinking you’ve read a different textbook than he uses in his classroom.So he’s saying I know what he means by this that’s probably just one of those freaky little California versions of the enzyme.