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1. If you have NO idea skip the question! You are deducted ¼ point for each wrong answer! 2. If you can only eliminate 1 choice… skip the question! 3.

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2 1. If you have NO idea skip the question! You are deducted ¼ point for each wrong answer! 2. If you can only eliminate 1 choice… skip the question! 3. If you can eliminate 2 choices then you should guess. You are beating the odds. Pick the answer that makes the most sense! 4. Make sure you read ALL the answer choices before you answer. Often times there are more than one correct answer…but there is a BETTER answer! 5. You should plan on skipping approximately questions. I dont know all the answers…so Im sure you dont either. The test is designed that way! There will be questions on the test that I never taught you and others that you just cant remember. These are the ones you should skip! 6. The test gets easier as you go. The last 50 will be easier than the first 50. Some students like to go backwards.

3 Multiple Choice Hints: 7. Go through the entire test booklet circling all the answers you find the easiest. Circle any questions that you think you know but that you need to go back and spend some time thinking about. After you have done all the ones that you find easiest, then go back to the ones that you had circled. Now, go fill out your scantron with the answers you have. 8. Any time left over and you can go back to the ones that were really hard… usually ones that require some calculation, and see if there are any that you can figure out. 9.Check and make sure that you havent left more than about 20 blank…otherwise you wont have enough positive points to earn you credit on the exam. 10. You can write all over the test booklet, so underline key words.. Words like EXCEPT or which is NOT the correct answer. This will help you to focus on what the question is asking you. 11. You might want to cross out incorrect answers as you go so that you can narrow down you choices. 12. Dont rush! You have 90 minutes to take the test. You will not get out early if you finish early… you must sit there until the 90 minutes are up. If you have time left over, you may want to go back and check your answers to make sure you didnt make a careless mistake.

4 FRQ Hints: 1. The maximum number of points you can get on each FRQ is 10 points. After you have answered all the FRQs go back and see if you can find where the points come from. If you only get to 8 or 9 points, chances are you forgot to respond to some part of some question. See if you can find what you forgot! 2. I recommend answering the FRQs in this order… 4, 1, 3, Question 1 will most likely be a DBQ. Question 2 will probably be the math question and question 3 and 4 are usually typical FRQs that are looking to see what you know about some environmental issue. 4.Make sure you show all your work on any math questions…even if that work could be done in your head! No work= no credit! 5.Make sure all your answers are on the answer document and not the test booklet. The test booklet does not go to Cincinnati..it comes back to me. 6.Use the test booklet to brainstorm, then answer on the answer document! 7.All answers must be in complete sentences! No credit for incomplete sentences!

5 1. When the question asks you to identify… this can be done in one sentence. 2. When the question asks you to describe, discuss or explain you need about 3 sentences for each answer. 3. When the question asks you to identify and describe, etc. you need about 4 sentences!

6 FRQ Hints: 1. When the question asks for an Environmental benefit or cost… you talk about animals, plants, soil, air, etc. Do not talk about humans! 2. When the question asks for a societal benefit or cost… you talk about people, cities, crops, etc. 3. When the question asks what could the government do?… you answer with something about writing a law or educating the public. 4. When the question asks human health effects… you talk about asthma, emphysema, nervous systems issues like birth defects, brain damage, or cancer. These cover most environmental health hazards. Obviously, if you know the effect, then write the correct effect…otherwise guess! 5. When the question asks for economic benefits or costs… you talk about money and jobs.

7 FRQ Hints: 1. Do not skip any parts of the FRQ… this is different than from multiple choice… if you dont know…put something down that you think might be right! 2. If the question says to give TWO reasons… only the first two things you right down are graded. Same if it says ONE reason…only the first is graded. 3. If the question says Identify and describe TWO reasons… that means that you need 4 sentences for the first reason and another 4 sentences for the second reason… 8 sentences all together! 4. Do not restate the question or give an opening paragraph and conclusion. This is NOT an English essay… it is a free response… that means short answer, complete answer, complete sentence! 5. Pace yourself… you have approximately 22 minutes for each FRQ. Dont spend too much time on one, you will run out of time on the other. This is why I say to answer the math question (probably question 2) last. Most students spend a lot of time answering the math question. Also, there will be some questions on the math question that are not math. Answer those first, then go back and try to answer the math. Remember, you are not allowed a calculator on this exam so show all your work!

8 1. Do not answer a question with it is bad for the environment or it will harm biodiversity. These are too vague. You need to explain HOW it is bad for the environment or HOW it will harm biodiversity. Also, dont say it will cause pollution… any third grader can say that.. Be specific, name a particular chemical, etc. Show the grader that you know some science facts… you do! I taught you! 2. Do not answer the FRQs with one giant super paragraph. Label your answers with 1a. 2c. Etc. That way the grader knows exactly what you are trying to say! 3. Remember that there are environmentalists grading your response…always go with the answer that is best for the environment unless it asks you to do otherwise. 4. Sometimes they want you to show both sides of an argument. An example of this is describe on incentive that the government of a country could offer its citizens that would favor a reduction in the growth rate of its population. Explain how this incentive would work, and describe one possible drawback. They are looking for you to play Devils advocate. 5. Go with the most obvious answer. The grader doesnt give you extra points because you know some obscure fact or law that you learned about on Discovery Channel. Try to give the answer that MOST of the nation will give. 6. If you dont know a law… always fall back on the Endangered Species Act, The Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act. These usually work if you can support you answer!


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