Understanding and Answering the Essays on the AP Chemistry Exam


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Where will you encounter essay questions on the AP Chemistry Test?

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1. Which of the following is a desired quality of a essay response?

2. What is something you should avoid when answering an essay question?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Writing an essay for the AP Chemistry exam can be stressful for many students, so use this worksheet and quiz to see what you understand about the essay requirements and tips for writing an AP Chem essay.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on these key concepts:

  • Quality of a well-written AP Chem essay
  • Location of essay questions on the AP Chemistry test
  • Definition of PEA
  • Poor choices you should not include in your essay answer

Skills Practiced

See if you can improve your implementation of these skills on the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about completing essays on the AP Chemistry exam from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of the AP Chem test format to correctly identify phrases found within an essay prompt
  • Defining a key concept - make certain you can accurately define a main acronym in the lesson, PEA
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as items found on a high-quality essay versus a poorly written essay

Additional Learning

You are invited to learn more about this helpful topic by reviewing the accompanying lesson called Understanding and Answering the Essays on the AP Chemistry Exam. Objectives met in the lesson are:

  • Understand why essay questions on the AP Chemistry exam are similar to non-scientific essay questions
  • Learn about the makeup of essay questions and how long you have to complete them
  • Identify options for explaining your essay answer other than using standard, written paragraphs
  • Know why you should always answer every essay question
  • Learn tips for studying and preparing for the AP Chemistry test