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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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What Is an AP Scholar? Advantages and Requirements

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

You might think the term “AP Scholar” just refers to anyone who takes studying for AP exams really seriously. But it’s actually an awards program offered by the College Board. In this article, I’ll go over what an AP Scholar is, what you need to achieve to become one, what it means to be one, and some tips on getting the award if it’s something you’re interested in.

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Is AP US History Hard? Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 21, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP classes are typically more challenging than regular high school classes, but some are harder than others. Based on testing statistics and an examination of the curriculum, we can come up with accurate assessments of the true difficulty level of each AP class. In this article, I'll analyze AP US History exam scores, student testimonials, and course content to give you a clear picture of how hard the class really is!

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The 5 Best AP World History Books for Practice and Review

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 21, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It's hard to know where to begin when studying for AP World History. Though the exam mainly covers broad themes and trends, there's so much information to sift through that it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. Review books can help guide your study plan, ensure that you revisit the most important concepts, and provide critical test-taking strategies.

In this article, I'll go through the best books to use for studying AP World History and how you can choose one that will give you the tools you need to ace this test.

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Is AP World History Hard? Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 12, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History seems like it would be a pretty hard class. There's so much to cover - I mean, it's everything that's ever happened to humans! But how much do you really need to know? And how do people usually do on the AP test?  In this article, I will examine five different factors to make a conclusion about the difficulty level of AP World History. 

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AP Chemistry Syllabus: What Does It Cover?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

What does an AP Chemistry syllabus look like? How many labs do you have to do? And what skills are you expected to learn before the test? In this article, I'll take an in-depth look at the components of a successful AP Chemistry syllabus, including content coverage, lab work, and overall curriculum requirements. I'll also give an example of a full syllabus (based on a sample from the College Board) and provide some helpful tips for both students and teachers!    

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6 Critical AP Exam Tips to Ace Your Tests

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The most important thing you can do to maximize your chances of getting a 5 on an AP exam is to learn the material. However, it is a standardized test, and there are strategies you can use to maximize your chances of success and make sure your hard work pays off. Keep reading for my top AP exam tips!

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Can You Retake AP Exams? Expert Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Most AP tests are very challenging, and scores don't always turn out the way you imagined. If you're concerned that you've forfeited any chance of getting college credit, can you retake an AP exam? In this article, I'll show you how you can bounce back from a low score to end up with college credits and AP Scholar Awards.

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The Best AP US Government Notes to Study With

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 4, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

As a high schooler, you're undoubtedly on the verge of participating in the democratic process. It's a great time to learn more about the structure and history of our government and how politics actually work. You're probably taking notes in your AP class based on your teacher's lectures and the information in your textbook, but it can be nice to have all the information you need in one place. This article will give you links to notes on every topic in the AP US Government curriculum along with a few tips on how to study effectively.   

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The Complete Guide to AP Human Geography FRQs

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 4, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The free-response section is the hardest part of any AP test. Although AP Human Geography is much more straightforward than some other humanities AP exams, if you don't have your stuff down, the free-response section can still hit you where it hurts. In this article, I'll take you through the structure of the free-response section, some tips for answering AP Human Geography FRQs strategically, examples of what actual questions look like, and a few places where you can find the best practice materials. 

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The 55 AP Language and Composition Terms You Must Know

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 4, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the competencies you need to develop for AP Language and Composition is a thorough understanding of rhetorical strategies and techniques. This is because you will both be expected to identify these strategies and techniques in the writing of others and to use them in your own writing.

But given the huge number of rhetorical terms there are, how do you know which ones you need to know and understand? Do you need to know what anaphora is? What about synecdoche?

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Every AP English Language and Composition Practice Exam

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 4, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

With the AP English Language and Composition exam coming up, it’s important to find the best practice resources, and that includes practice tests! The AP Language and Composition exam has two sections: a multiple-choice section with 52-55 multiple questions, and a free-response section with three essay questions—one synthesis prompt, one analysis prompt, and one argument prompt.

But not all AP Lang practice tests are like the real exam, and they aren’t all of equal quality. In this guide, I’ll break down where you can find official College Board AP Language and Composition practice test resources, other free resources out there, and paid practice tests and questions. I’ll also break down which resources are high-quality and how to best incorporate AP English practice tests into your exam preparation.

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Expert Guide to the AP Language and Composition Exam

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 4, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

With the 2016 AP English Language and Composition exam approaching on Wednesday, May 11, it’s time to make sure that you’re familiar with all aspects of the exam. In this article, I’ll give a brief overview of the test, do a deeper dive on each of the sections, discuss how the exam is scored, offer some strategies for studying, and finally wrap up with some essential exam day tips.

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