UTC: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Online AP Chemistry Review Courses 2017

In the Spring of 2017 I will be offering the inaugural, Online AP Chemistry Review Courses for AP Chemistry STUDENTS. For many years I have offered the very popular Online AP Chemistry Summer Workshops for teachers, and now it’s time to boost AP scores from a student point of view. I will offer two, independent, six […]

AP Chemistry State of the Union – April 2016

When Paul Price speaks about AP Chemistry, you’d better listen. Why? Because he is the co-chair of the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee (TDC), and as such, his words carry more weight in this matter than just about anybody on the planet. He’s the closet thing that we have to the AP Chemistry Czar that […]

A word of warning to inexperienced #apchem teachers

So, you’re new #apchem teacher, or perhaps you’re a grizzled, old veteran who is coming back to teaching the new AP chemistry course after some time away from the AP classroom. Either way you’re probably looking for some guidance about the changes to the AP exam, and how you might tailor the content that you […]

Bonding answers AGAIN! Grrr…

I’ve just finished grading a test on bonding done by my AP students, and as usual, there are several issues relating to the phraseology and wording of their answers that need to be corrected. I’ve addressed these problems previously here (and you should read that post first), and I’ve also written similar posts in relation […]

Want #apchem success in 2016? Ironically, see 2013!

The College Board/AP Chemistry Test Development Committee (TDC) ‘cheated’ a bit. No, I’m not talking about the debacle of the 2015 scores, nor about my general dislike of many aspects of the new curriculum, but rather this gripe relates to a question that appeared on the 2013 exam, that is a really important one for […]

Subscriber Updates (08-31-15)

The UNIT 01 notes have been tweaked very slightly on page 41, in order to reflect what we found out over the weekend following the release of the 2015 practice exam, and which is discussed briefly, here. Additionally, a new Organic Quiz Page has been added for subscribers.  

Subscriber Updates (08-15-15)

The UNIT 0 notes have been tweaked a little. There have been ongoing additions to the AP Multiple-Choice page with around 70 new questions (with more coming) added in the last week or so.  

Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster (AKA AP discussions #ChemEd15)

At least one member of the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee (TDC) has described this blog as no more than, in his words, a ‘tabloid’. I’m not quite sure what he means by that, but presumably it’s an attack on me because he perceives that what I write here to be somehow invalid, or perhaps […]

More thoughts on the AP Chemistry Scores 2015

For those of you (students and teachers) with (relatively) disappointing AP chemistry scores this year, read on, but after you’ve read this post. The College Board have decided, that up until 2013, about half of the kids that were scoring 5’s on the exam were not really deserving of such accolades. Sure they were reaching […]

What’s up with the AP Chemistry scores?

So, what exactly is the College Board’s agenda for AP Chemistry? Something’s up. AP Chemistry scores will be released tomorrow, July 6th, and there are going to be more than a few, unpleasant results for many students and their teachers. Only 8.4% of kids will receive 5’s (12,600 kids worldwide); this is a decrease from […]