2017 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

Almost half of test takers passed the AP Environmental Science exam in 2017. Use the free-response questions on the topics of pollution and ecosystems to improve writing skills in preparation for the AP exam. Discuss the scoring guidelines and sample responses for each of the four questions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as practice writing questions throughout the year in preparation for the AP exam
  • Have pupils apply the scoring guidelines to their papers and compare to how the College Board would grade
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of all of AP Environmental Science topics
  • Encourages writing, scientific thinking, and mathematical communication
  • Offers a reader report with comments about each individual question
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