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EXAM  3
Posted:
May 7, 1997 10:13 PM


Now having met with my classes, the students seemed to feel the exam was moderately hard, but not overwhelming. Most had 1520 minutes extra time for the MC, most would have liked to have had extra time on the FR. "How much writing do we really have to put down?" They did expect to see more chisq, binomial, correlation stuff  IPS ch 7,8,9 sort of thing. They didn't feel that they really used their TI83's as much as they thought they would.
I can see why problem #3 was included, but it was rather surprising to see that kind. I think we did cover it enough to give the students a shot at it, but we'll see. I was expecting (probably unrealistically) to see more balance in the time needed to do each of the 5 questions. Seemed like some were much easier/harder than others.
CONCERNING THE INSERTS, ETS certainly has to do a better job on that next year. Why were they not all green like the calc and computer ones have always been? They look like they should be written in, even tho I know the instructions are given not to do this. I had 45 students who were very confused by these for a variety of reasons. Some only pulled out the green sheet  it was perforated and tore out easily. One student actually wrote reasonably long asnwers for ALL the questions in the insert, somehow realized his mistake and then still had time to copy everything over into the pink booklet! Our counselor is sending everything in to ETS with an explanatory letter. None of those who 'goofed' were any of my stars, but they all certainly have a reasonable shot at a 4.
Enjoying all this discussion concerning the exam. Recently the AP computer Science listserve has had a very good discussion concerning whether all students should/must take the AP exam in an AP course. Also whether the course is weighted for GPA purposes and whether that weighting should be taken away if the student doesn't take the exam. As a school, we do get very high (90%+) rate taking the exam. I was happy that all 35 of my stats student's did. There must be an archives of that listserve somewhere if you're interested in that discussion.
 Ronald L. Dirkse (rdirkse@asij.ac.jp)
American School in Japan 2132 Sengencho 111 Nomizu, Chofushi Fuchushi Tokyo, 182, Japan Tokyo, 183, Japan 0422345300 0423667572 



