AP Human Geography FRQ & Exam Score Breakdown
*Note that some FRQ questions cross units, however general themes were placed where listed in the AP course curriculum.
Method: Each previous AP Human Geography FRQ was picked over for the types of verb prompts that were used. Tallies for each topic and their verb prompts are found below. If part "A" of the FRQ asked for three examples, then three were tallied to the total. If "Identify and explain" was asked, then it is placed in the "high-order" category and "identify" family.
Example: Identify & Explain, Identify & Compare, Identify using a Map, are all included in the "Identify" family.
Population & Migration
Agriculture & Rural Land Use
N. American Metropolitan Growth
Religion & Landscape
Nation & State
Women & the City
Effects of Tourism
Demographics & the City
Supranationalism & Devolution
20th Century Migration Streams
English & Lingua Franca
Int'l Division of Labor
N. American Net In/ Out Migration
Von Thunen vs. Burgess Model
Gender & Education
Religion Distribution in the U.S.
Decline of Dairy Farms
Railways & Highways
Rostow vs. Wallerstein
Cumulative Individual FRQ Prompts not placed into families
IDENTIFY & EXPLAIN
best Scoring Years
Poultry Farming Maquiladoras Demographics in the City 3 Low-Order questions used. List x2 Define
U.S. Migration Supranationalism & Devolution Revitalization 2 Low-Order questions used. Define x2
International Migration Streams Southern Businesses Forces 7 Low-Order questions used. Define x6 Identify x2
Worst Scoring Years
Population Pyramids Weber Model National Identity All prompts were High-Order 8-Explain 4-Discuss
Compare Burgess/Thunen U.S. Religion Distribution Squatter Settlements All Prompts High-Order except for religion question that went on to ask students to identify and explain the religious groups that they named on the map in part A. If incorrect in part A, then part B would also suffer.
Von Thunen English as a Lingua Franca International Division of Labor All Prompts were High-Order The only year that requested students to use the "Apply Family" of verbs. "Apply and Predict" and "Apply & Explain"
INDIVIDUAL FRQ VERB PROMPTS BROKEN DOWN BY UNIT
Annual Student Scores
* Note: Results for 2002 & 2003 are not reported on the AP Website
# of Exams Taken
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