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Apush scoring - have no fear

iProcrastinateiProcrastinate Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
edited May 2009 in AP Tests Preparation
I've calculated AP US HISTORY scores for my practice test (1988), and I've discovered that the scoring is VERY lenient. I got 66 questions out of 80 correct, meaning I got 14 incorrect (I didn't omit anything). That, in itself, is a whopping 70 points. Considering that an AP score of 3 is = to 74+, if you manage to score around this much points on the MC, you can theoretically bomb all three essays and still get a 3. 70 points + (1 x 4.5) + (2 x 2.75) = 80
Now, do the math for yourself to confirm this. I just thought this was a neat thing to know, so you people who are prepared with the random MC questions, but are not that good at writing essays. You CAN still pass. All the calculations were made with the official collegeboard grading rubric equation thing. I found a nice link for you guys to experiment with, so you can establish your "worst" case scenario. Cheers, and good luck everyone!

AP US History Review Pack Score Predictor & Generator
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Replies to: Apush scoring - have no fear

  • wolfpackmomwolfpackmom Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    Do you recommend answering/guessing all the questions? or skipping the ones you don't know?
  • koreanxpandakoreanxpanda Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    the ap euro teacher at my high school
    who grades aps
    said that they will start being less lenient with the curves
    instead theyre going to set a certain number for a 5
    and do it that way
    instead of doing it after & comparing everyones scores
  • iProcrastinateiProcrastinate Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    I recommend you to certainly not blindly guess on question you know that you don't have a good foundation of knowledge on. The 1988 test ask a question about the influence of rock and roll. I, as stupid as I am, randomly guess on it and what do you know, I got it wrong. Don't make this mistake. Although there is a certain quota you have to make to earn a substantial amount of points. Raw score should be around 70 to achieve a 3, at least. So to answer your question, guess if you can eliminate 2 or 3 of the questions. If not, or only 1, try not to guess on it. Other than that, try to answer AS MANY as you can, IF you are aiming for a 5 that is.
  • iProcrastinateiProcrastinate Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    Well koreanxpanda, college board will change it accordingly with statistics from past tests. They will not just blindly set an impossibly high amount of points. If they do, as you say, it will be with careful consideration to the past curves. And are you only strictly talking about getting a 5? Or are they upping the points for a 3 too?
  • DemiitasseDemiitasse Registered User Posts: 733 Member
    Koreanxpanda, thank you for crushing all of my hopes for getting an easy 4/5 lol :P

    But disregarding that news, yes, APUSH is lenient. I have REA's APUSH Cram Course and you pretty much need 106/180 points, multiple choice being 90 points and the essays being another 90 points. So you can get a perfect score on the multiple choice and only need to get 16 points out of 90 on the essays lol.
  • iProcrastinateiProcrastinate Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    Yeah! I hope that remains the scale for this one last year, if it is about to change. How's the crash course anyway? I bought mine yesterday, and I'm on chapter 9.
  • DemiitasseDemiitasse Registered User Posts: 733 Member
    It's great, I love it! There are a lot of helpful tips and it really targets important areas.
    I haven't gone through all the review but I read the before and after sections on test-taking strategies and they sound pretty good. I just have a tendency to feel over-assured about taking tests though, lol. The book is a little bit too comforting, I might do worse than I think I'll do lol.
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn - Posts: 16,060 Senior Member
    I made a program on my calculator for this test last year. The scoring is the same.

    Worst Case Scenario: 120
    Best Case Scenario: 150

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