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AP US History Test Changed… Again?

Rearranging the rubric for the better.

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Ilaise Tamotuu

Staff Writer

  The ever dreaded A.P. test has yet again changed its face, but not necessarily for the worse. Specifically, the A.P. U.S. History rubrics have never been consecutively consistent in the past four years of Dr. Chapman’s teaching of A.P. U.S. History. This year, the new rubric from College Board, tells which time periods will be focused on in the sections of the test. For example in Section II, Part A: Document Based, the questions cover time periods three through eight of the course.

  There also was a complete removal of the student dreaded synthesis, which required specific connections from one time period to modern events. When asked if this change was for the better, Dr. Chapman replied: “in the grand scheme, no.” The synthesis helped more advanced creative thinkers to find connections and really earn their points in the A.P. test.

  The new rubric guides A.P. teachers to know what to put more focus on, helping the students when taking the test and giving them confidence in passing. The new rubric has certainly changed face for the better.


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AP US History Test Changed… Again?