Articles tagged with Advanced Placement

How to Answer Free Response Questions on AP Exams

How to Answer Free Response Questions on AP Exams

While the average student can generally make sense of multiple-choice questions, the threat of a free response question can be nerve-wracking. On AP exams, free response questions present a particularly difficult challenge on an already strenuous test, and many students devote multiple resources (e.g. guidebooks, study groups, tutors) and weeks of prep to them. But learning to negotiate the free response portion of the AP exam can ease students’ worries, offer a structured way to study, and increase your likelihood of a more positive testing experience with a higher pass rate. So, take note—here are several strategies to help you ... Read More About How to Answer Free Response Questions on AP Exams

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking an AP Course

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking an AP Course

Although summer is still new, certain students may already be thinking about more than their family vacations and trips to the pool. The summer represents an opportunity to form a study strategy that will lead to academic success in the coming year—and beyond. Here is some great information on how to identify your study style. If your school is among the thousands worldwide that offer AP courses across a multitude of subject areas, you may be considering your course options. But is an AP course right for you? 1. What are my future academic goals? AP courses prepare students to sit for AP exams, which often allow student ... Read More About 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking an AP Course

How to Ace Your AP Courses

How to Ace Your AP Courses

AP courses are extremely challenging. They are structured differently than regular classes because they are roughly modeled after university-level seminars. If a student can successfully adjust to the intensity of his or her AP classes, this will ensure the transition to college is much smoother. Here are five tips to help you ace your AP courses: Acknowledge and adjust to the workload In order to succeed in AP classes, the first and most important step is to adjust one’s attitude toward a heavy workload. Advanced Placement courses are significantly more demanding and time-consuming than regular high school classes. If it is your first ... Read More About How to Ace Your AP Courses

A Test Prep Timeline for AP Exams

A Test Prep Timeline for AP Exams

In 2014, the College Board Advanced Placement exams will take place during the first two weeks of May. It is a wise idea to determine your test date well ahead of time so you can begin preparing. However, as the majority of students enroll in an AP class prior to an AP exam, you may have begun your review in September. As the actual test date approaches, you will need to extend your preparations far beyond your required coursework if you hope to earn a high score. Here are some great tips for AP exam prep. Week One Ideally, your preparation for your AP test should begin one and a half months before the actual exam. For the first week of prep ... Read More About A Test Prep Timeline for AP Exams

How To Prep For AP Exams

How To Prep For AP Exams

Over the next two weeks, close to 2 million students will be taking the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams.  Covering subjects ranging from Art History to Macroeconomics to Statistics, AP exams (and their corresponding AP classes) give high school students opportunities to take rigorous classes while earning college credit by successfully passing the exams. Here are some pointers to help you get through the next two weeks of grueling exams: 1.  Read over the official Course Description booklets The College Board has course booklets for each of its AP exams.  Browsing over the course booklet is a great way to ensu ... Read More About How To Prep For AP Exams