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- Work through two (2) full-length AP practice tests, with detailed answers and explanations to every question
- Take notes on question type and content
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- Best for: test takers already comfortable with the covered content, but need practice to perfect their skills and pacing for test day
What is the AP Exam?
The AP exam is a collection of standardized tests that measures your knowledge of certain subjects. Students can earn college credit at thousands of colleges and universities by earning a satisfactory score on an AP exam.
What’s on the AP Exam?
The AP exam consists of 38 tests that fall under 6 subject categories: Arts, English, History and Social Science, Math and Computer Science, Sciences, and World Languages and Cultures. AP Capstone exams are also available. Depending on the specific test, AP Exams contain a combination of multiple choice, free response, and essay questions.
Who takes the AP Exam?
High school students are the typical AP test takers as AP classes are offered in either their high school or a participating school. AP courses are taken by students instead of the standard subject course, and students take the AP exam at the end of the course. However, anyone seeking college credit can take AP exams.
Why take the AP Exam?
A satisfactory AP Exam score can boost your college application and count as college course credit. Taking AP classes also helps you prepare for the rigor of college courses and challenges you in the subjects you are most interested in.
Should I prep for the AP Exam? And how much?
AP Exams test you on the equivalent of an entire college semester’s worth of curriculum in 2 – 3 hours. It is highly recommended to first take an AP class, then to review content several weeks prior to the exam. AP classes typically finish covering new content at least a week before the exam, giving you time to review what you have learned.
How are AP Exams scored?
AP Exams are scored on a 1 to 5 scale. Generally, 3 is considered a passing score, but each college has its own standard of an acceptable score for course credit.
How do I register for the AP Exam?
Schools that offer AP classes will administer the test by collecting your fee of $94, ordering the test, and arranging a test taking location and time. Talk to your teacher or contact the AP coordinator at your school. If you have a significant financial need, the College Board website explains fee reduction options.
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