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Where to Find the Best DBQ Examples

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jun 22, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the best ways to prepare for the DBQ (the “document-based question” on the AP European History, AP US History, and AP World History exams) is to look over sample questions and example essays. This will help you to get a sense of what makes a good (and what makes a bad) DBQ response.

That said, not all DBQ essay examples are created equal. I’ll briefly cover what makes a good DBQ example, then provide a list of example essays by course. Lastly, I’ve provided some tips on how to best use sample essays in your own preparation process. 

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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 in 2019 will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 8 am.

Before you sit down to take the exam, though, it’s critical that you know how the Calculus AB test is formatted, what topics it covers, and how you’ll be scored on it. This guide will go over all of that information while also showing you official sample problems and giving you tips on the best way to prepare for AP Calculus AB. 

The exam was updated in May 2017, so this guide will explain what changes have been made and how they might affect your review. The AP Calculus AB exam can sometimes seem overwhelming, but we're here to break it down into clear and manageable information for you. Let’s get started!

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 7, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're taking AP Biology, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the exam before you get too far into the course. Preparing ahead of time for the AP exam format and fully understanding which concepts are covered on the AP Biology test can go a long way toward earning a high score (and potentially getting college credit!).

This article will take you through the structure and scoring of the AP Bio exam and give you some key tips on the best ways to study for AP Biology.

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Every AP Literature Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 30, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

When you’re studying for your AP Literature Exam, you’re going to want to use practice tests and questions to hone your skills. But where can you find AP literature practice tests? And are all practice exams equally useful for you? 

The real exam has 55 multiple-choice questions and three free-response questions, but there are practice tests with every conceivable number and combination of question types. 

In this article, you’ll learn where to find every official College Board AP English Literature and Composition practice exam, free unofficial tests, and paid practice test resources. You’ll also find out which tests are high-quality and how you can best use different practice exams to fulfill your studying needs.

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AP Test Dates 2019: Complete Calendar

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 30, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

Looking for the 2019 AP exam dates? We have the complete 2019 AP test dates as well as advice for getting through the busy May exam season. Keep reading to stay on top of your 2018-19 study schedule and to get tips for dealing with the stress of endless AP tests!

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When Are the 2015 AP Test Dates?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you took an AP test back in 2015, you might be wondering when exactly you took that exam. Or perhaps you just want to know how AP test dates change each year. Check out our table below to get the AP test dates for 2015, and read on for our exclusive tips and advice for prepping for AP tests—no matter what year you take the tests.

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How to Send AP Scores to Colleges

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you've taken AP exams, you might be wondering how to send AP scores to colleges. How do you ensure that colleges get your AP scores? Is it possible to send official AP score reports?

Here, we give you a complete guide that goes over how to send AP scores, which colleges want to see these scores with your applications, and how you can save money on sending scores. 

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What Are AP Classes? Why Should You Take Them?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 15, 2018 10:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)


 

If you’ve started high school recently, or if you're due to start soon, you might be wondering, "What are AP classes?" You might have heard that they are extra-advanced or that you can get college credit from them. But how does it work?

If you’ve been wondering what AP tests are and how they can help you, read on for our guide to AP courses and learn how they can get you ahead.

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Is AP Chemistry Hard? 5 Key Factors Considered

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 11, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Chemistry is an intimidating subject if you're not familiar with the material. There are all these weird formulas with superscripts and subscripts to remember, and it involves what some students view as an unpleasant amount of math. But is AP Chemistry as hard as it sounds?

In this article, I'll examine five different factors to reach a conclusion regarding the true difficulty level of AP Chemistry in comparison with other high-level classes.

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How to Write a DBQ Essay: Key Strategies and Tips

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The DBQ, or document-based-question, is a somewhat unusually-formatted timed essay on the AP History Exams: AP US History, AP European History, and AP World History. Because of its unfamiliarity, many students are at a loss as to how to even prepare, let alone how to write a successful DBQ essay on test day. 

Never fear! I, the DBQ wizard and master, have a wealth of preparation strategies for you, as well as advice on how to cram everything you need to cover into your limited DBQ writing time on exam day. When you're done reading this guide, you'll know exactly how to write a DBQ.

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What Is AP Seminar? Should You Take It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 7, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If your school offers AP Seminar, you might be wondering what it's all about. This AP class is great for students who want to challenge themselves and learn more about the independent research process before starting college.

In this guide, I'll give you an overview of what AP Seminar entails, a sample course outline, advice on whether you should take the course, and some tips on how to do well in it.

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Every AP Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 4, 2018 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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What Is the IB Program, and What Are IB Classes?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 3, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One factor some students consider when choosing a high school is whether it has an International Baccalaureate program. Sometimes compared with the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the IB program allows students to take college-level courses while in high school.

So what is International Baccalaureate? What is the IB Program and an IB Diploma, and why are IB classes worth taking? In this article, we introduce all things IB, including the diploma requirements and features of the exam. We also tell you whether you have to get an IB diploma in order to earn college credit for your IB classes.

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Can You Retake AP Exams? Expert Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Most AP tests are very challenging, and scores don't always turn out the way you imagined they would. 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 AP score to end up with college credits and AP Scholar Awards.

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The 55 AP Language and Composition Terms You Must Know

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 2, 2018 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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