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BREAKING: AP Exam Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 24, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The COVID-19 coronavirus is causing massive changes to the 2019/2020 school year, and one of those changes is how AP exams will be taken this spring. The College Board has made recent updates to the 2020 AP exams, and you can find everything you need to know about them in this guide. We cover if/how the AP exams will be taken, if colleges will still accept these scores, and how you can prepare for the exams with digital resources.

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Where to Find the Best DBQ Examples

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 22, 2020 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. Doing 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 and then provide a list of example essays by course. Lastly, I’ll give you some helpful tips on how to best use sample essays in your own preparation process.

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Should You Take AP English Literature or AP English Language?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 1, 2020 8:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you considering taking an AP English class at some point during high school? You might have noticed that AP offers two English courses—AP English Literature and Composition and AP English Language and Composition. (Those titles are a mouthful, so we'll just refer to them as AP Literature and AP Language in this post.)

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Every AP Literature Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 1, 2020 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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Every AP Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 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 (and Isn't) on the AP Statistics Formula Sheet?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 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 newly-updated 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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4 Top Tips for AP Statistics Free-Response Questions

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The free-response section is usually the most intimidating part of the AP Statistics exam. You'll need to answer questions with multiple parts, show off your stats skills, and be able to explain each of your answers. However, once you understand the types of questions you'll be asked, the free-response section is actually pretty straightforward.

In this in-depth guide to the AP Statistics free-response section, we go over the types of questions you can expect to see, give sample questions with complete answer explanations, explain how you'll be graded, and provide tips to help you ace this section of the exam.

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The 5 Best AP Statistics Review Books to Prep for the Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're preparing for the AP Statistics exam, a prep book can be your best tool to help you reach the score you're aiming for.

However, not all prep books are created equal. In this guide, we go over the top five AP Statistics review books out there and give advice on whom each of them is best for. We also explain what you should look for in an AP Statistics book and how to make the most of your prep book during your studying.

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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Statistics Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking AP Statistics? If so, you're likely wondering what to expect from the AP Statistics exam. Before you sit down to take the final test, it's important to understand how the AP Stats test is formatted, what topics it will cover, and how it'll be scored.

This guide will explain all of that information, show you official sample problems and give you tips on the best way to prepare for the AP Statistics test.

In 2020, the AP Statistics exam will take place on Friday, May 15th at 12:00pm.

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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2020 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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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus AB Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2020 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 2020 will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 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. You can also check out CollegeBoard's new AP Classroom tool for AP Calculus AB, which has additional resources and information. Let's get started!

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What's the Difference Between AP Physics 1, 2, and C? Which Should You Take?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 27, 2020 5:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you interested in taking AP Physics? You might have noticed that the AP program offers more than one physics course. So what's the difference between the different AP Physics classes—AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, and AP Physics C? We will introduce you to them and help you decide which one to take.

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Expert's Guide to the AP Literature Exam

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Feb 26, 2020 8:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're planning to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam, you'll need to get familiar with what to expect on the test. Whether the 2020 test date of Wednesday, May 6, is near or far, I'm here to help you get serious about preparing for the exam.

In this guide, I'll go over the test's format and question types, how it's graded, best practices for preparation, and test-day tips. You'll be on your way to AP English Lit success in no time!

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Exactly What to Expect From AP Language Multiple Choice

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Feb 26, 2020 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.

But never fear, the guide is here! This guide will give a brief overview of the AP Language and Composition multiple-choice section, the eight question types you can expect to see on the test, three preparation strategies, a slate of AP practice question resources, and finally some tips for success on test day.

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Should I Take AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 25, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you trying to decide between taking AB or BC Calculus? Or are you just wondering what the difference between the two classes is?

We'll help you decide which AP Calculus class to take, based on your prerequisite classes, college plans, and career goals.

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