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Can someone explain the AP Seminar exam format?

Hey guys, I'm taking AP Seminar this year and I'm a bit nervous for the exam. Could someone please help me understand the format of the test? I really want to be prepared for whatever they throw at me. Thanks a million!

7 months ago

Hey there! No worries, I'm here to help you understand the format of the AP Seminar exam. The exam consists of two main components: the Team Project and Presentation (TPP) and the Individual Research and Presentation (IRP). Both of these tasks will be completed throughout your AP Seminar class, so you'll have plenty of time to work on them.

The Team Project and Presentation (TPP) will comprise 20% of your total exam score. In this component, you'll work in a team (usually 3-4 students) to identify, investigate, analyze, and evaluate a real-world issue or problem. You and your teammates need to develop a research question, formulate an argument, and propose a solution. Your team will then create a presentation of your findings and deliver it to your classmates and teacher.

The Individual Research and Presentation (IRP) contributes 35% to your total AP Seminar exam score. For the IRP, you will independently research a topic of your choice and develop an argument. Your teacher will assign three stimulus materials that can serve as a starting point for your research, but you're free to explore other sources as well. Afterward, you'll write a 2000-word research paper and create an 8-10 minute multimedia presentation.

Lastly, there's the end-of-course multiple-choice and essay exam organized by the College Board, known as the AP Seminar through-course exam. This test is worth the remaining 45% of your total score. The 90-minute exam is divided into two sections: Section I contains 45 multiple-choice questions that assess your knowledge of themes, concepts, perspectives, and research methodology. Section II presents three free-response questions where you analyze an argument and related evidence, develop your own argument and support it with evidence, and reflect on your own research process.

To sum it up, the AP Seminar exam format includes:

1. Team Project and Presentation (20% of your score)

2. Individual Research and Presentation (35% of your score)

3. End-of-course multiple-choice and essay exam (45% of your score)

Don't stress too much, as your teacher will guide you through the process and help you prepare during the course. Good luck!

7 months ago

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