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Are you ready for APES?

The 2013 AP Environmental Science test is quickly approaching. With less than 5 weeks before the exam, it is important to review topics and strengthen your weak areas. There is time. A simple study and review plan will ensure that you are on track to do well on the exam and feel confident that you understand the concepts.

1. Use the College Board Course Outline as your list of major topics. Highlight and focus on the topics that you feel need the most work.
2. Form a study group and work with your peers to review. It is much more fun this way and you can cover all the material easier.
3. Make a one page summary of each main topic based on your materials (notes, book, labs, Internet, peers).
4. Connect and recognize similarities and differences between the topics. Have intelligent conversations with your peers and make the connections between the topics.
5. Make vocabulary flash cards (include key terms and major legislation). Use these to quiz yourself and others.
6. Use the released FRQs and test (except 1998) to prepare for the exam. Write down the answers and discuss them with each other.
7. Make a list of labs and activities you have completed this year and explain the main points of each one. Correlate them with your topic outline.
8. Make a study/review schedule and stick to it. 1-2 hours a day should be sufficient. Do not overwhelm yourself or create a schedule you know that you know you cannot keep.

If you follow these 8 simple steps, you will be well prepared for the APES exam and walk in knowing your stuff. APES is all about being able to make connections between the world around you and current events. Understand the connections, be able to explain not only the law, but why was it necessary and what did it accomplish. Be specific, not vague. If your answer is something a fourth grader can give, then it is not enough.

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