AP EXAMS: Where do we Begin?

Should my student take the exam?

Yes.

AP Tests are a (relatively) inexpensive and (relatively) painless way to take the bite out of hefty college tuition price tags for many students. Sitting for a 4 hour exam or two can save you thousands of dollars in tuition. At most colleges, you receive some sort of class credit for AP Exam scores of three and higher (exams are scored from 1-5). This credit often goes towards introductory level college courses in the same subject as the AP class.

How can I know which colleges and universities accept which exams?

The College Board website has many resources for you and your student– including an extensive list of which colleges and universities accept which exam scores and which courses they waive.

Click this link to the College Board website for more information.

How can my student prepare for the exam?

Take a Practice Test

Even if you are earning an A in your AP class, it’s important to take practice tests. A simple Google search will help you find old exams that the College Board has released specifically for this purpose. Knowing content is essential. You must also know how to tackle the format and timing of the AP test –this is crucial to getting the score you desire.

Talk to Your Teacher

After you have taken a few practice tests, share the results with your teacher. On your own, you can determine how confident you feel, but you may need your teacher to help you analyze your strengths and areas of growth. Your teacher likely knows a lot about the content and format of the test. Also, they’re TEACHERS– so they likely know how to help you work on your weaknesses and improve your overall score. Your teacher will have insight to content you need to study and can recommend resources for you to use.

Make a Plan

“How often are you going to study for your exams? How frequently? How far in advance? With whom? In what ways?”

These are questions only you can answer. Studying for your AP test does not come with a syllabus. You will need to determine the areas of focus based on your practice tests and feedback from your teacher.

Get to Work and Stay on Schedule

Give yourself enough time and space to truly learn and understand the material. Don’t worry about timing yourself at first. As you gain confidence about the test format and your understanding of the material, your speed will increase. Cramming will only stress you out and last minute studying will have little impact on your score. Cramming can actually lower your test score if you are not well rested for your test. 

Be confident. Be careful. Do your best!

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