There are four free-response questions on each AP Environmental Science Exam. One question is based on a data set, one question is based on documents and two questions focus on synthesis and evaluation.Continue Reading
A sample document-based question requires test takers to analyze a newspaper article about a proposed nuclear power plant. There are parts to the question, such as: "State whether you agree or disagree with remarks for the article" and "Identify the most likely pollution threat that the power plant will pose to the area."
A sample data set question gives information about a town's water treatment capacity, and requires test takers to analyze this information in regards to a recent storm. Elements of this question include: "Calculate the volume of water that runs off a certain parking lot after a 5 centimeter rainfall" and "Describe two ways the town can reduce the volume of storm water runoff."
A sample synthesis and evaluation question focuses on plate tectonics. This question has elements such as: "Describe what happens when two tectonic plates collide along a subduction zone" and "Explain how a tsunami is generated along a subduction zone."
Another sample synthesis and evaluation question focuses on biogeochemical cycles. Parts of this question include: "Describe a biological process by which carbon is removed from the atmosphere and converted to organic molecules" and "Discuss two human activities that increase the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere."Learn more about Homework Help