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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 7, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Calculus AB exam this spring and want to be well prepared on test day? The AP Calculus AB exam is generally held on Thursday morning of the first week of testing.

Before you sit down to take the final exam, it’s critical to know how the test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how you’ll be scored. This guide will go over all of that information, as well as show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for AP Calculus AB. 

The exam has undergone recent updates that will first be implemented on the May 2017 exam, so this guide will also explain what changes have been made and how they affect your review. The AP Calculus AB exam can sometimes seem overwhelming, but this guide will break it down into clear and manageable information. Let’s get started!

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AP English Literature Multiple Choice: Complete Expert Guide

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Sep 2, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Does the thought of spending an hour answering multiple-choice questions on complex prose and poetry passages strike fear into your heart? The challenge of the AP Literature multiple-choice is enough to give even the most adept reader hives, but don't stress! This guide will serve as your complete roadmap to success on the AP English Literature and Composition multiple-choice section.

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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 26, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the best ways to prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam, as well as stay on top of things in class throughout the year, is to take regular practice tests. Taking practice tests lets you estimate how well you’ll do on the AP exam, shows you the areas you need to focus your studies on, and helps you become more familiar and comfortable with the format of the AP exam.

There are a ton of AB Calc practice tests available, however; not all of them are created equally, and taking a poorly written practice test can give you a false idea of what the real AP exam will be like and cause you to study the wrong things.

You can avoid this by reading this guide to AP Calculus AB practice tests. I’ll go through every AP Calculus AB practice exam that’s available, tell you which are highest-quality, and explain how you should use practice tests when preparing for the AP exam as well as throughout the year.

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Every AP Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Statistics exam soon and want to make sure you’re prepared? One of the best ways to measure your progress and figure out which areas you need to focus on is to take practice exams. There are a lot of AP Statistics practice exams available; however, some are higher-quality than others. Taking a poorly written practice exam can cause you to study the wrong things and give you an inaccurate picture of what the real AP exam will be like.

In this guide, I’ll go over every AP Statistics practice test available, explain if and how you should use each one, and end with a schedule you can follow to help you incorporate practice tests into your study plans.

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The Best AP World History Notes to Study With

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History is a fascinating survey of the evolution of human civilization from the beginning of recorded history to the present.  Because it spans thousands of years and covers the rise and fall of countless empires and nations across the globe, it might seem like an overwhelming amount of information to remember for one test. This article will help you organize your studying more easily by providing links to online AP World History notes and advice on how to use those notes to structure and execute a successful study plan.  

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Exactly What to Expect From AP Language Multiple Choice

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Aug 5, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

Perhaps because the free-response section of the AP Language and Composition exam is worth more than the multiple-choice section, some teachers spend much more time preparing you for free-response than multiple-choice. While it’s great to be prepared for the essays, this might leave you feeling like a lost and confused lamb when it comes to the AP English Language and Composition multiple choice section.

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The Best AP Environmental Science Notes to Study With

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 5, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It can be a challenge to study for any AP test, AP Environmental Science included. Because this class covers so many different areas, including science, law, and current events, it can be tough to keep your notes straight. Whether you’re missing some notes or you want them organized more clearly, this guide is for you.

I’ve put together a list of links to AP Environmental Science notes and vocabulary that you can easily browse through to supplement your studying. I’ll also go over how to use these notes and end with tips to help make your studying more effective.

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Every AP Environmental Science Practice Test Available

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 29, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you preparing for the Environmental Science AP exam? One of the best ways to study for the test and figure out how well you’re doing is to take practice tests. Taking practice tests lets you see what kind of questions you’ll be asked on the exam, and they can help you figure out which subjects or types of questions you struggle with and need to review more. Finding practice tests can be time-consuming, and, unfortunately, not all practice tests are created equally.

Luckily, we’re here to help. In this guide, I’ll provide links to all the AP Environmental Science practice tests available, point out which ones are the highest quality, and explain how you should be using them.

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The Best AP US Government Review: 5-Step Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 29, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP US Government can be a fascinating class for those interested in how the American political system works and what factors led to its formation. While the exam is less difficult than many other APs, it's still important to understand the types of questions you can expect and the most efficient ways to study based on the content. In this article, I'll go through sample questions from each part of the exam, list a step-by-step AP Government review process, and provide some tips for making the most of your studying.

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The Complete Guide to AP Environmental Science FRQs

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 22, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Environmental Science is one of the most popular AP classes, but it has the lowest average score among test takers. In fact, more than half of students who take the exam don’t pass it. Oftentimes, the hardest part of the exam is the free-response section which students struggle with because they aren’t sure what to expect or what information graders are looking for. Fortunately, this guide can help.

I’ll go over each type of AP Environmental Science FRQ, give sample problems and explanations, and end with tips you should follow in order to get your best score.

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The Complete Guide to AP US Government FRQs

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 8, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Free-response questions on the AP US Government exam are more straightforward than those on some other AP tests, but they can still be tough if you're not ready for them. In this guide, I'll lay out a step-by-step method for answering AP Government FRQs, go through a real example, and tell you where you can find additional practice resources.  

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The Best AP Environmental Science Review Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 8, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Knowing how to review for an AP test can be challenging, and, based on average exam scores, it appears that many students who take AP Environmental Science don’t adequately prepare for the exam.

Fortunately, if you’re not sure where to start, this guide will walk you through the complete of AP Environmental Science review process. I’ll start by going over the format of the exam and what it’ll cover, including sample questions, and then I’ll move on to the specific review strategies and plan you should follow in order to be prepared for the exam.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP European History Exam

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jul 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP European History course and exam cover the history of Europe from 1450 to the present. That means you'll be asked about everything from the Renaissance to the European Union — it's a lot! Not to mention, the exam was just revised in 2016, making everything a bit more complicated.

If you need guidance for the AP exam, read on. In this article, I’ll give an overview of the exam, go in-depth on each of its sections, go over how the exam is scored, offer some preparation tips, and finally explain some key things to keep in mind on test day!

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The Best AP Environmental Science Study Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 24, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you studying for your AP Environmental Science class and/or the end of the year AP exam? Reviewing for any AP exam is tricky, and many students who take AP Environmental Science aren’t sure how they should be studying. This AP Environmental Science study guide will walk you through how to develop a review plan for AP Enviro, give study tips, and provide links to notes and practice exams to make your review more effective.

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A Complete History of AP Classes and Controversies

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jun 24, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

You probably imagine the AP exam program as one of the mysterious primordial forces of the galaxy, along with gravity and taxes. But, in actuality, the AP program is only about 60 years old. From its unabashedly elitist beginnings to its present attempts to democratize advanced high school coursework, read on to discover a brief history of AP classes and exams, some current AP controversies, and some thoughts on the program’s future.

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