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AP tests are fast approaching and we’re here to help you prepare for exam day. This article will show you test prep tips and our Top 5 AP Study Guides to help you go into test day with confidence. 

You know how the old saying goes: “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” This old adage couldn’t be more true when it comes to test prep. When you create (and follow) a study plan, you set yourself up for a successful exam day. Here are some tips to help get you started on your test prep: 

  1. Make a realistic study plan
    Plan, plan, plan but don’t plan to study for hours on end each day. Break daily study sessions into smaller smaller periods and allow a little extra study time to focus on areas of weakness. Remember to take breaks to relax your mind and avoid study fatigue or burnout.
  2. Find a comfortable place to study that works for you
    Review your notes or read in a space that allows you to focus. Some people actually focus well in public spaces like cafes or libraries, but many may find crowded, busy spaces as a big distraction. If you have trouble focusing in busy areas, opt for a quiet place where you can relax and concentrate on your studies. 
  3. Take practice tests
    Taking timed AP practice tests will help you prepare for and understand the types of questions that will be asked on the exam. Peterson’s full-length practice tests feature multiple choice and free response sections that test your understanding of how to answer both types of questions while giving you detailed explanations. Practice tests are an excellent way to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses so you can improve.
  4. Use interactive study materials
    While reviewing class notes you’ve taken is a great traditional way to review the course material, utilizing interactive materials is a fun way to help memorize content. Interactive flashcards test your knowledge of key terms and definitions while promoting active brain recall which is the process of retrieving memory. Pop quizzes and instructional videos are other great tools to make learning more fun.

Our Top 5 AP Study Guides

We’ve created study guides for the top five most popular AP exams based on our website visits. Here are study guides for our top five to help you prepare:

  1. AP Chemistry
  2. AP English Language and Composition
  3. AP Biology
  4. AP Calculus
  5. AP Computer Science

2023 AP Exam Schedule

Week 1 Morning 8 a.m. Local Time Afternoon 12 p.m. Local Time
5/1/23 United States Government and Politics Chemistry

Spanish Literature and Culture

5/2/23 Environmental Science

Chinese Language and Culture

5/3/23 English Literature and Composition Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science A

5/4/23 Human Geography




5/5/23 European History

United States History

Art History


Week 2 Morning 8 a.m. Local Time Afternoon 12 p.m. Local Time
5/8/23 Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Computer Science Principles

Italian Language and Culture

5/9/23 English Language and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (Note that this exam is at 2 p.m. Local Time)
5/10/23 Spanish Language and Culture Biology
5/11/23 French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Physics 1: Algebra-Based
5/12/23 German Language and Culture

Music Theory


Physics 2: Algebra Based


NOTE: Art and Design: Friday, May 5, 2023 (8 p.m. ET), is the deadline for AP Art and Design digital portfolios to be submitted to the AP Program.

If you experience circumstances that make the above test dates and times impossible, access late-testing dates and times.

AP Exam season can seem overwhelming—but we’ve got you covered. Peterson’s is your premier source for AP test prep and we’re dedicated to helping you take your study efforts to the next level. With proper planning and test prep, you can maximize your study time and take your AP exams with confidence. 

Take a look to learn a little more about Peterson’s AP exam prep.