The SW part of the test is exactly what the name implies..... it consists of five works selected by YOU to be scored. These works should be your very best pieces. They will be sent to Salt Lake City to be physically seen by the AP Art and Design readers. This is considered the highlight of the reading, with getting to actually see the AMAZING work you created in front of us, not on a computer screen. ❤️ Readers are always so excited to know they are "walking" (and scoring) the rows of beautiful work.
Simply, you want to send your BEST works. If you are having a hard time selecting, ask someone to help. Put your ten best works on the table and have friends and family help select. You can run a poll on Facebook or Instagram. This lets people see your work AND helps you decide! 😃 The top five pieces with the highest number of votes go into the portfolio. This ensures that the strongest works are submitted and not just your favorite pieces. Kids struggle with this year after year.
Don't submit a piece just because you like it, because it was your "first watercolor", or it reminds you of summer or an old friend. The reader won't know why you sent that picture and will grade it only on aesthetic considerations.
Pro-tip: Avoid sentimentality and only send your BEST work. Having others weigh-in can be helpful.
There are several rules to keep in mind about your SW.
Your SW will count for 40% of your overall score. The five works are graded holistically
(meaning as one unit), and you will be given that score. If you want to understand more about how your work is scored, check out the rubric breakdown guide