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Predict my AP Grade and other questions?
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Pleasw answer everything, so many things bothering me right now.

Recently has taken the AP Government test. I self-studied however memorizing certain things didnt really help me on the exam.

The 55 questions, 20 of them I had no problem with, the others i guessed and choose the longest answer/the one that was true, sometimes i didnt undertand the questions. Im sure i got 25 of them wrong, lol I am stupid.

The written response: I aced these and answered all the questions asked. However I have some concerns. Is it ok to have a few spelling errors? And for the section that requires you to compare 2 supreme court cases, was it ok to choose any of the cases listed as long as i could explain it? Is it ok to depend on logical reasoning rather than actually government terminology? When it asks you to use evidence from amendments, is it ok summarize it if we dont remember the exact qoute?

My other question is that my school runs on a semestee schedule. If i get an A term 1 and a B term 2, it would average out to an A. Will college still veiw it as an A in the course?

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5 months ago

Hi there! I know the AP exams can be stressful, since they're purposely designed to be tight on time, but congratulations on getting it done!

With regard to spelling errors, the scorers recognize that you have limited time, so as long as the errors aren't very frequent and the sentences are still legible and intelligible, it shouldn't affect your scores too much.

While I am not familiar with the exact questions or format for the AP US Government exam this year, it seems that the questions ask about comparing the case they describe and a specific case they mention that you have likely covered in class. It is likely that you would receive at least some credit if you made relevant connections between other court cases and the ones at hand, but the main focus should be the ones you were specifically asked about. In terms of reasoning, as long as you clearly address all parts of the question, you should get some credit, though it is likely that you would be awarded more points for doing so clearly and in the precise context of legal jurisprudence. As with spelling errors, exact quotations are not necessary since you are doing this from memory and on a time crunch, but you should be able to clearly demonstrate an understanding of the amendments, principles, and cases to which you refer.

To address your question about grades, colleges often look at your year-end grades because that is how schools most often report them (unless you are a senior submitting first semester grades, of course). Therefore, if you end up with an A overall in the course, this is likely what colleges will look at.

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5 months ago

It is definitely ok to have a few spelling errors. They recognize you are being timed. For the other questions, try the AP Government subreddit.

For the last question, it depends on how your high school does your transcripts. Do they calculate grades by course, or semester? You can ask your counselor to see this if you want. Regardless, the colleges will see that it would average out to an A and not judge you too harshly for it.

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