## 20% Homework & Timed AP Practice Exercises

Homework completion is very important for several reasons. First, it helps you to understand the concepts from the lesson that you understood or did not understand. It gives you questions to present in class the next day that initiates discussion of homework. Second, it helps the teacher to know what concepts you understand. The attention to detailed, written explanations sheds light on the level of understanding that you have of mathematical concepts. Additionally, your detailed work and written explanations set you apart from other students, and it is only those students who work the very hardest and who master the content with deep understanding who deserve to make a top grade of an A in an AP course. Homework packets will be due at the end of a unit for a 50-point completion grade. Throughout the unit, you will periodically have homework quizzes during which you will provide solutions to various homework problems. These will be graded on accuracy and will be recorded as 15-point grades. Typically, I will choose 5 problems for which you must provide your solution from your homework assignment.

Two or three times each quarter, you will be required to complete in-class assessments that consist of AP formatted questions. These will consist of one free response item or 9 multiple choice items and you will be given 20 minutes to complete them. These will be recorded as 18-point grades.

Two or three times each quarter, you will be required to complete in-class assessments that consist of AP formatted questions. These will consist of one free response item or 9 multiple choice items and you will be given 20 minutes to complete them. These will be recorded as 18-point grades.

## 30% Quizzes

Quizzes are given periodically and are always announced on the syllabus. If the assignment sheet says that there is supposed to be a quiz, then you will have a quiz whether I told you in class that there will be a quiz. Quizzes are typically a combination of 6 multiple choice problems and 1 free response problem. Quizzes will either be totally calculator permitted or totally non-calculator permitted. There will be a total of 18 points available on each quiz and a grade out of 100 will be recorded. Quizzes are timed to 45 minutes.

## 50% tests

All exams will be announced and will be in true AP format, with both calculator active and non-calculator active sections. Each calculator active section will have 7 multiple choice and one free response item. Each non-calculator active section will have 7 multiple choice items and one free response item. Students will be given the calculator active section at the beginning of the testing administration. After 45 minutes, calculators will be put away and the non-calculator section will be distributed. Students may continue to work on either section of the exam until class is over. Once the bell rings to end class, both sections of the exam will be turned in.

You will receive 100-point grades for each test. In other words, a 100-point grade will be recorded for the calculator permitted test and a 100-point grade will be recorded for the non-calculator permitted test. On each section, there is a total of 18 points available. You will receive a percentage grade out of 100 based on the scale in the table to the right. Because exams contain cumulative questions that assess not only material learned for the current unit but also material from past units, an adjusted scale like this must be used. It is important to understand that you will only be graded according to this scale if all your homework for the unit has been completed and on time. Any lapse in this expectation and your tests will NOT be graded according to this adjusted scale.

You will receive 100-point grades for each test. In other words, a 100-point grade will be recorded for the calculator permitted test and a 100-point grade will be recorded for the non-calculator permitted test. On each section, there is a total of 18 points available. You will receive a percentage grade out of 100 based on the scale in the table to the right. Because exams contain cumulative questions that assess not only material learned for the current unit but also material from past units, an adjusted scale like this must be used. It is important to understand that you will only be graded according to this scale if all your homework for the unit has been completed and on time. Any lapse in this expectation and your tests will NOT be graded according to this adjusted scale.