Passing AP Exams can save thousands of dollars when transferred to college credit. They allow students to fill requirements and take courses that work toward their majors once in college, and they show colleges that students are ambitious and persistent when it comes to studying. Earning a five helps top universities know that students can excel with a rigorous curriculum.
Here are five tips for students preparing to take the AP Exams in May:
1. Ask your teacher for help! If you don't have a great teacher, don't panic, there's a ton you can do on your own and with a tutor, but if you do, use the resources provided by your school. Do NOT miss class in the month leading up to the exam.
2. Get at least one prep book, and take practice tests at the same time your test is scheduled. Make sure to time yourself, make copies of the bubble sheets and emulate testing conditions as much as possible. Ditch your cell phone and any distractions while taking the test so you can have as close to an authentic experience as possible. The more tests you can take, the better, but we recommend a minimum of three, staggered across the 8 weeks leading up to the exam.
3. Modify your study plan based on your practice test results. Retake sections where you missed problems until you have them down.
4. Make flash cards and review them in the car or during any down time you have. Keep flash cards with important facts and formulas handy to review throughout the day.
5. Form a study group to meet once a week and quiz each other, and work one-on-one with an AP test prep tutor for two-hour sessions to go over tough concepts, and to hold you accountable for study between sessions. Study daily, and schedule a long study session over the weekends. Make a calendar with a study schedule. If you don't pencil in time, generally, it won't happen.
Passing an AP exam can also qualify you for scholarships, making study time worth all the more. If you have a part-time job, it can be worth it to take time off, as your studying will pay off ten fold if you pass! Don't get us wrong, AP exams are no joke, and even if you don't pass, colleges acknowledge the immense effort AP courses take.
That said, it's better to take fewer AP exams and earn a 4 or 5 on the exams than to stack up on APs and not pass. Our Los Angeles tutors are AP experts, and can help you take your AP exam prep to the next level.