# Cracking the Free Response in AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics

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Cracking the Free Response in AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
Patricia Brazill Co-Chair, Macro Test Development Irondequoit High School Rochester, NY Sandra Wright Micro Test Development Adlai Stevenson High School Lincolnshire, IL

How to help students move beyond prescribed questions or previously asked FRQs…
Emphasize the concepts and skills so they know how to drive the AP Econ Car and read the Map (FRQ Questions) so that no matter what question is asked they can rely on their knowledge of how to drive and read the map to go where ever the question asks…

The FRQ in both exams is worth 1/3 of the test Grade

Each Exam cut score changes
2010 Macro 53% 3 or above

Students scores can improve with FRQ scores -

Instructional planning report
You want your students FRQs to exceed average scores!

When answering the Macroeconomics or Microeconomics free response questions, a student should respond clearly and concisely. Including paragraphs or even full-sentence responses is not always necessary; however, it is important to address the verb prompts appropriately (as explained below). A written response that presents conflicting answers is likely to lead to the loss of points.

Verbs: What do students need to do?
“SHOW” means use a diagram (graph). Correct labels are critical! “EXPLAIN” means to take the reader through all the steps or linkages in the line of reasoning. Often a formula or graph will work. “IDENTIFY” means provide a specific answer, a list, a point on a graph, without explanation “CALCULATE” means use math to determine a specific numerical answer and show work

Good news from 2012 Macro Correctly drawn and labeled AD/AS models
Correctly drawn Production Possibilities model Showing a recession on a PPF

Good news from Macro 2011 Content Areas: Foreign Exchange Market

Content Areas: The Mechanics of Money Creation Categories of Unemployment Classical Adjustment to Recession

Bad News from 2012 Macro General Content Areas: Money and Banking
Real vs. Nominal Distinction International Economics

Good News from Micro 2011 Determining Pe and Qe on a Monopoly graph
Firm Graph in PC market Price ceiling on a PC market graph Finding Allocative Efficienct Quantity when an externality exists

Bad News from Micro 2011 Elasticity
Consumer surplus when price discrimination PC Labor market graphs finding DWL when externality exists

Good news from Micro 2012 Monopoly Graph
Marginal Revenue and Demand Curves Profit Max Quantity where MR = MC Price on Demand Curve above Q* Finding Total Utility by Summing MU Identifying Domestic Production Level in Situation with Imports and a Tariff

Micro Trouble Spots 9. Optimal Consumption Rule 7. Effect of Subsidy on Quantity Produced 6. Effect of Lump-Sum Subsidy on Deadweight Loss 5. Tariff Revenue 4. Value of Consumer Surplus 3. Cross-price Elasticity 2. Effect of Price Increase on Total Revenue Surplus-maximizing Tariff Special Mention: Labels!

Ask students to show their work for calculation problems. They should include both the formula used and the numbers used in their calculations. This will help you find the errors in their thinking GO BACK TO THE BASICS AT THE END OF THE COURSE Use the notes from the Chief Reader (Scoring plus Samples and Commentary Use your Instructional Planning Report from College Board Teach the VERBAGE GRAPH GRAPH GRAPH!!!!! Score FRQs from a grid

What should students do?
Take frequent timed FRQ TESTS - Short FRQs are 12 minute questions Teach students to grade from rubric Mini white boards – look at their models! Sidewalk chalk – muscle memory Presentations of Macro and Micro 1 to class

Macro models students must know
Production Possibilities Supply and Demand Aggregate Supply and Demand with vertical Long Run Aggregate Supply Phillips Curve Money Market Model Loanable funds Currency market with simple Supply/Demand

Micro Models Students Must know
Production Possibilities Supply and Demand – Include tariffs, tax incidence, and world prices in your analysis Perfect Competition side-by-side graphs Monopoly Monopolistic Competition Payoff matrix in Game Theory Labor market – side by side graphs Monopsony

Frequently Tested Concepts in Macro FRQ’s 1995-2011
Fiscal Policy, discretionary and automatic 1995 #1 2009 B#1 1995 #2 2010 #1 auto 1997 #3 2010B #1 2000 #1 2011 #1 2001 #1 2011/B#1 2002 #1 2003 #1,2 2003B #3 2005#1 2005 #3 AD/AS Model 2003B-1 2010 B-1 1996 #1 2004 #1 2010B #3 2004B-1 1998 #1 2005 #1 2011B #1 1999 #1 2006 #1 2012 #3 2007#1 2006B #1 2007B #1 2002B #1 2009B#1 2003 #1 Money Market Model 2000 #3 2209 #1 2009 #3 2009B #2 2010 #2 2005B-1 2010B#2 2012#1 2006 #2 2006B #2 Interest rate effects (on I or growth or 4-x) 2009#2 1997 #1,3 2009B #3 2003 #3 2011 #2 2003B #1 2007#2 2007B #4 Monetary Policy 1996 #2 1997 #1 2009 #1 2010B #2 2011 #3 2011B #2 2004B #1 Crowding Out Keynesian v. Classical thought 2011B#1 Inflation impact 2002B-1 2011B #3 Long run growth 2002 #2 2006 #3 2008 #1 2009 #2 4-X 1998 #3 2000 #2 2007B #3 2001 #2 2012#3 2002 #3 2002B #3 2010 #3 2004 #2 2005B #3 Balance of Trade 2008 #2 2001 #3 2002B-3 Multiple Expansion of \$ 1996 #3 2004 #3 2006#2 2011#3 2012#2 Elasticity Loanable Funds 2011B 1 2007B #2 Circular Flow 1997 #2 Nominal – real interest rates 2012#1,3 1999 #2 2005B-2 PPF/comp. adv. 2003 #2 2003B-2 2004B-3 2008#3 2102#1 Phillips Curve 2003B-3 2006B #3 2009B #1 GDP 2007 #3 2011B#3 Inf Expectations Bond prices/rates 2010#2

Frequently Tested Concepts in Micro FRQ’s 1995- 2011
Supply and Demand Grapsh 1995 #1 2010 #1 1998 #! 2010B #2 1999#1 2000 #3 2003#2 2004B#3 2004 #2 2005B#3 2005#2 2006B #3 Externalities 1995 #2 2011 #3 1992 #3 2001 #2 2002B #2 2002#2 2003 #1 2004 #1 2006 #3 2009 #1 2009 #2 Allocative (economic) efficiciency (MSC=MSB) 2004#1 2005 #1 2011B #2 2008#2 2009B#1 2010 #2 2010B #1 2011 #1 Relationship of P and MR 1995 #3 1996 #3 1999 #3 2003 #2 MR = MC rule 2004B#1 1996 #1,3 2004 #1,3 1997 #2 2005B #1,2 1998 #1,3 2006B #1 2000 #1 2006 #1 2001 #1 2007B #1 2002B #1 2008#1 2002 #1 2003B #3 2003 #1,2 2011 #1,2 2102 #1 Monopoly Model 1996#1 2006B#1 Natural 2007A 1998 #3 2008 #2 natural 2003B #1 2012#1 2004B #1 2005B #1 Price Discrimination Elasticity/TR test *cross elasticity* Income elasticity 1996#2 2004B #2 2005B #3 2008 #1 2009B2* 2010B#3 2012#2 Perfect Competition Product market and firm, side by side 2006B #2 1996 #1 2007 #2 Labor 2011 #2 2011B#1 2005B #2 Monopolistic Competition 2009B #1 Market power Price Ceilings/Floors 1996 #2 1998 #1 2002B #3 2011B #3 Labor Market MRP=MRC rule 1997 #1 2006B#2 1998 #2 2000 #2 2001 #3 2003B#3 2003#3 2005B#1 2005#3 S & D analysis of tariff/world market 2003B #2 2004 #3 2012#3 Consumer/producer surplus 2002B#1 2003B#2 2010 #3 Tax incidence 2005 #2 Deadweight loss Equimarginal principal 2002 #3 2003 2009B#2 Oligopoloy/game theory 2007B #2 2007 #3 2009 #3 2009B #3 Lump sum, Per unit tax/subsidy Economies of scale Income effect 2009B #2 Substitution effect MONOPSONY 2011B3