2018 Scoring Guidelines and Notes



I printed out the 2018 guidelines for students because I am going to introduce the Explore Task soon. I noticed that there is no response 2B. It just just jumps from 2A to 2C. Is that an error or is that the way it is supposed to be? Here is the link to what I was using https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/2018-explore-performance-tasks-sg.pdf
Thank you!


Hi @kelly.downs,

Not an error. And you’re not the only one perplexed by that :slightly_smiling_face: .

There’s some discussions about that here (2018 Explore PT Written Response 2b or NOT 2b?) and here (Explore PT - Written response 2b, development process for creating artifact)

In short, officially (according to College Board), don’t skip it. Follow the written prompts even though it is not directly assessed in the rubric. Some say it may help address possible concerns of plagiarism.

Official CB response: “Students are required to answer all prompts.” (Source: CB Crystal Furman)(https://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/group/apcsp/discussion-boards/-/message_boards/view_message/129309386)

Longer answer: https://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/group/apcsp/discussion-boards/-/message_boards/view_message/130052688

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Explore Performance Task - Should 2B be answered for April 2019 Submission