Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review for the AP US Government Exam

We are having our final test this week and then will spend all of next week going over it.  My AP Comparative students had their test back in mid January so their review is different than the AP US Government students.

  • Comprehensive review sheet.  I no longer know where I found this, but it goes to the AP Comparative students.  They only do the parts they do not know as it is too long to do otherwise.  Mostly it is a way for them to remember items we may not have thought about during our comparative journey.
  • Frank Franz and Randy Smith's review of the released multiple choice exam questions which really is a good study guide as well. 
  • One hundred question review.  I got this from a Rebecca Small in-service years ago and break it up into four days.  The problem we have had is that kids have only used a few words or a line to answer the questions.  This year we broke up an old AP exam into four parts and let the students use their answers on it.  Magically the students were much more thorough in their answers! 
  • Barron's AP Government review guide.  I feel the summaries and the multiple choice questions (the essays are not in line with the real free response ones).  All year my students have done mc questions and been using the summaries as a review guide.  You also could use Quizlet questions, but know that you should vet them to pick the best ones. 
  • Time permitting we also give them some old AP free response questions. 
  • Finally we briefly go through my AP exam test tips.

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