Questions on the AP Environmental Science test ask you to explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
The AP Environmental Science test is given by The College Board which is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
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This exam is available to all but is especially relevant to juniors and senior high school students.
Schedule a meeting with your school counselor or a teacher to learn about the process for taking this exam including deadlines for signing up for courses at your school.
There are many reasons to take AP courses but many students choose the AP Environmental Science exam to set themselves apart in college admission and to earn the college credit and placement that come with a successful exam score.
The exam is three hours long and has two parts - multiple choice questions and free response questions. The multiple choice section is worth 60% and the free response section is worth 40% of the final exam grade.
Section I is Multiple Choice consisting of 100 questions with a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II is Free Response consisting of 4 Questions with a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit. The free response section contains three types of questions: 1. document-based questions in which you’ll answer questions related to a given document, 2. data set questions in which you’ll analyze and interpret a given set of data, and 3. synthesis and evaluation questions which will be in-depth, multipart essays. The free response section emphasizes the application of principles. You'll need to demonstrate your reasoning and analytical skills, as well as your ability to synthesize material from several sources into cogent and coherent essays.