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Lower than normal APUSH Scores?

o0Max0oo0Max0o Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in History & Social Sciences
Is it just me or did the scores for AP US come in really low this year. I thought I was going to get a 4/5 and I got 4. But the straight A's students at my school are receiving lower than thought scores.

Of straight A's students scores I know of so far.
5's: One
4's: Four
3's Three
>3: Two (Including the #1 rank in my class...)

I'm curious to see what others opinions are.
Post edited by o0Max0o on

Replies to: Lower than normal APUSH Scores?

  • esthetiqueesthetique Registered User Posts: 1,106 Senior Member
    Ah! You're scaring me! >.< Now I think I got less than 3 T.T
  • ShimboShimbo Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    It's possible that the top students were too confident with their scores in the class that they did not study for the actual test.

    It is also possible that the curve was harsher this year. APUSH is the most taken AP test, and with more students taking the test, there will be more 5s and 4s. This could negatively impair the leniency of the curve. However I think the increasing number of students who take AP tests balances out (i.e. more students, more 5s , 4s, 3s, 2s, and 1s so that there isn't much of a fluctuation in average scores).

    I've also heard that the FR section on APUSH is graded very harshly, with the average for each essay being 3/9. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the top students in the class just did poorly, without using a hard test/harsh curve excuse.
  • chess94chess94 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    I thought the multiple choice portion on this year's test was harder than normal, but it was made up for by the unusually easy DBQ/FRQs I thought. Maybe some people in your class just got unlucky, but I think overall there will be the same percentage of 5s, 4s, etc as usual.
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    MC was alright: not too hard, not too easy.

    For the Free-Response, DBQ topic was really unexpected, but it was still feasible for me to get a good score on. For Part B and Part C, I was lucky to obtain those topics since I was knowledgeable in the topics of the American Revolution and suburbanization and immigration. As a result, I achieved a successful 5.
  • chess94chess94 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    ^I did the exact opposite of you for the FRQs.
  • leapinglizardsleapinglizards Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    probably scores at your school were lower since your particular teacher/textbook didn't cover the areas that ended up being on the exam as thoroughly as some other areas. It's impossible for overall AP scores in any subject to be "lower than normal" since raw scores are statistically curved to yield a similar number of 5's 4's etc each year
  • girlofpurplegirlofpurple Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Well I dont think that an A in a class guarentees a high score on the exam..having that A may just require doing a ton of busy work, but the high score requires an understanding of the information. (Not saying that A's dont take hard work.... just throwing that out there)

    For the APUSH exam this year, i think the DBQ took alot of people by suprise. (It definetly did for me, haha I didnt know too much about that time period before the Revolution)

    And the bellcurve is a comparasion against other students, so there shouldn't be too many suprises for the scores.. :\
  • chess94chess94 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    ^I agree that the DBQ was unexpected, I hardly studied that part of US History. It was just easy though, especially the documetns
  • esthetiqueesthetique Registered User Posts: 1,106 Senior Member
    When I read the DBQ question I was like 'Oh this isn't bad'. But when I perused the documents I totally freaked out and froze. Yup, pretty sure I got a 1 on the DBQ.
  • girlofpurplegirlofpurple Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    ^^Haha I started getting desperate, and began rants on the Onieda Community and Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, etc. lol XD

    Loved the American Revolution FRQ tho! :D
  • ApTesterApTester Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    All that shows me is grade inflation.
  • leadlolleadlol Registered User Posts: 494 Member
    ^^Oneida Community wasn't until much later. Therefore, out of the time period that the prompt was asking for. O.o
  • JackytJackyt Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    we did the crucible in my english class and i just ranted about how "the mass hysteria that existed in the community, which was driven by religion, lead the all international connections and societal functions into a cattywampus witch hunt" I was happy i got to use that word because i learned it that morning. :) but yeah i think i did horrible on it.
  • neekzgneekzg Registered User Posts: 1,006 Senior Member
    I remember opening up the essay packet and wanting to cry when I read that the DBQ was on Puritans.

    I don't think the people at my school generally do well on any AP exam. I'm expecting that less than half in my class passed, but I'm certainly hoping that there's more. I think the top 5-8 people in our class passed, though I don't know how many got higher than a 3. I'm fairly positive I was the only 5. (I honestly know that I owe this to CC, I wouldn't have studied nearly as hard if I didn't find this place :) )

    Most of the people on CC (according the APUSH score report) got 5s, though.
  • AvidStudentAvidStudent Registered User Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    Everyone who I talked to at my school got at least a 4 with a majority of my friends receiving a 5.
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