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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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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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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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Every AP Environmental Science Practice Test Available

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 2, 2018 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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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 2, 2018 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 lessons 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 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. 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 those problems 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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AP Literature Reading List: 127 Great Books for Your Prep

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

A lot of students wonder if there’s a specific AP English reading list of books they should be reading to succeed on the AP Literature and Composition exam. While there’s not an official College-Board AP reading list, there are books that will be more useful for you to read than others as you prepare for the exam. In this article, I’ll break down why you need to read books to prepare, how many you should plan on reading, and what you should read—including poetry.

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The 5 Easiest AP Exams to Self-Study

Posted by Ellen McCammon | May 1, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Once you’ve decided to self-study for an AP, you’ll need to choose an exam that’s right for you. With dozens of potential choices, it might seem overwhelming.

I can demystify the choice for you. First, I’ll give you four important things to consider when you make your choice. Then, I’ll list the five easiest APs to self-study. After that, I’ll touch on some other solid self-study choices, and wrap up with a few AP exams you should NOT try to study for on your own.

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Exactly What to Expect From AP Language Multiple Choice

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 26, 2018 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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How Long Are AP Exams? | AP Test Experts

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 25, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP classes this year and wondering how long AP tests are? Or maybe you are thinking about taking AP classes in the future, and you're curious about how long AP exams are and what they’re like.

In this post, we break down the typical length and structure of AP tests and give you tips on dealing with fatigue during the test. We'll use some of the most popular tests as examples, including the AP English tests, Biology, AB Calculus, and US History. But we'll also give tips and advice that will help you for any AP test. 

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Psychology Exam

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 19, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking AP Exams can be stressful, but if you know what to expect on test day, you can eliminate a lot of that anxiety. The AP Psychology exam is one of the more popular AP tests, and it has a pretty straightforward format and scoring system. In this article, I'll tell you what's on the AP Psychology test, how it's graded, and which prep methods you should use to get a great score. 

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The Best AP World History Study Guide: 6 Key Tips

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 17, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP World History this year? Or considering taking it at some point in high school? Then you need to read this AP World History study guide. Instead of cramming every single name, date, and place into your head, learn how to study for the AP World History exam so that you can learn the major ideas and feel ready for test day. We'll also go over some key strategies you can use to help you prepare effectively.

The AP World History test is challengingjust 8.5% of test takers got a 5 in 2017. But if you study correctly throughout the year, you could be one of the few students who aces this test. Below are six tips to follow in order to be well prepared for the AP World History exam. Read through each one, apply them to your test prep, and you'll be well on your way to maximizing your AP score!

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What Is (and Isn't) on the AP Statistics Formula Sheet?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re going to be taking the AP Statistics exam, you’re in luck! During the test, you’ll have access to a formula sheet that has many useful equations. However, you need to know exactly what’s on the AP Statistics formula sheet and how to use it before test day in order for it to be helpful.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the AP Stats formula sheet. We’ll explain the exact equations that it includes, show you what the formula sheet looks like, go over a few important equations it doesn’t contain, and give you tips on how to get the most out of it.

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How to Study for AP Exams: 5-Step Plan

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Apr 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Preparing for AP exams can feel like a Sisyphean task. On top of keeping up with the demanding coursework and all your other obligations, you have to prepare for a three-hour, multi-part exam?

Yes, you do—but more importantly, you can! If you don’t know how to study for AP exams, this is the guide for you. I’ll cover all the major steps to AP success, including content review, exam skill-building, and prepping for triumph on test day.

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The 5 Best AP World History Books for Practice and Review

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 12, 2018 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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