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How to Write a Perfect Synthesis Essay for the AP Language Exam

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 23, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're planning to take the AP Language (or AP Lang) exam, you might already know that 55% of your overall exam score will be based on three essays. The first of the three essays you'll have to write on the AP Language exam is called the "synthesis essay." If you want to earn full points on this portion of the AP Lang Exam, you need to know what a synthesis essay is and what skills are assessed by the AP Lang synthesis essay.

In this article, we'll explain the different aspects of the AP Lang synthesis essay, including what skills you need to demonstrate in your synthesis essay response in order to achieve a good score. We'll also give you a full breakdown of a real AP Lang Synthesis Essay prompt, provide an analysis of an AP Lang synthesis essay example, and give you four tips for how to write a synthesis essay.

Let's get started by taking a closer look at how the AP Lang synthesis essay works!

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AP Bio Formula Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're going to be taking the AP Biology exam, we have some good news! During the AP test, you'll have access to a formula sheet full of useful equations and definitions. However, you'll need to have a good sense of what's on the AP Bio formula sheet and how to use it in order for it to be useful to you during the test.

That's where we come in! In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the AP Bio reference sheet. We'll explain every equation and definition it includes, show you what the formula sheet looks like, go over important information it doesn't contain but that you should know, and give you tips on how to get the most out of it.

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

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 12, 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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AP Test Dates 2020: Complete Calendar

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 12, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

Looking for the 2020 AP exam dates? We have the complete 2020 AP test dates as well as advice for getting through the busy May exam season. Keep reading to stay on top of your 2019-20 study schedule and to get tips for dealing with the stress of endless AP tests!

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AP Chem Formula Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 11, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students in AP Chemistry need to memorize a lot of information, but we have some good news! During the AP exam, you'll have access to a formula sheet that includes a periodic table as well as useful equations. However, you'll need to have a good sense of what's on the AP Chem formula sheet and how to use it in order to make the most of it during the test.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the AP Chemistry reference table. We go over what the formula sheet looks like, what it includes, what important information it doesn't contain but that you should know, and how you can get the most out of it.

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Every AP Calculus BC Practice Exam: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 10, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you preparing for the AP Calculus BC exam? One of the best ways to study for the exam and figure out how well you’re doing is to take practice tests. Practice tests allow you to 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, we provide links to all the AP Calculus BC practice exams available, point out which ones are the highest quality, and explain how you should be using them.

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The Expert's Guide to the AP Calculus BC Exam

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 8, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Taking the AP Calc BC exam can feel like a lot of pressure: you want to earn college credit for your AP class, but the test is pretty tough! 

But there are a few things you can do to make the AP Calculus BC exam a little easier, like understanding the exam's format, the topics it covers, and how it's scored. Knowing what to expect before you take the AP Calc BC exam can help you earn a higher score! 

To give you all the inside information you need about the AP Calculus BC Exam, we’ll explain the following in this article: 

  • What the AP Calculus BC Exam is, including who should take it
  • The AP Calculus BC Exam format and topics
  • How the exam is scored
  • 5 tips for scoring well on the exam

The regularly scheduled date for the AP Calc BC exam is May 5th at 8:00 a.m., so you'll want to start preparing as early as possible. (Good thing this article has you covered, huh?) 

So let’s get started!

 

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Every Table on the AP Physics 1 Equation Sheet, Explained

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 7, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One great thing about the AP Physics 1 exam is that exam takers have access to a table of equations and formulas to reference during the exam (which is often referred to as the "AP Physics 1 equation sheet").

But the AP Physics 1 reference tables include a lot of information! If you aren't already familiar with the formula sheet before you take the exam, you might end up wasting valuable time trying to navigate the different equations and remember when and how to use them.

To help you out, we've developed a PrepScholar Physics 1 equation sheet. This sheet contains all the equations you'll see on the actual AP Physics 1 equation sheet plus additional explanations to help you use it as a study tool.

In the rest of this article, we're going to give you a detailed explanation of each table of information supplied on the AP Physics 1 equation sheet and explain how it can be used on the exam. We'll also give you three tips for using the formula sheet on the exam, and three tips for using the formula sheet to study for the exam.

 

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3 Key Tips to Ace the AP Calculus BC Free Response

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 6, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Calculus BC Free Response section can be intimidating if you aren’t prepared. You’ll need to answer six multi-part questions to show your skills in numerous calculus topics. However, when you know what to expect from this section, you’ll save yourself a lot of anxiety and can create a study plan to help you get a top AP score. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the AP Calc BC free response section, including what the format is, when you can and can’t use a calculator, what sample questions look like and how to get a top score on them, and what study tips you need to keep in mind.

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What's the AP Physics 2 Equation Sheet? A Complete Breakdown

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Since the AP Physics 2 exam is notoriously difficult, it should be comforting to know that your exam booklet will include a reference sheet that lists many of the conversion factors, formulas, and equations you’ll need to use during the exam. There’s a lot of information on the three page equations sheet provided on the AP Physics C exams, though, so it’s important to be familiar with the info included on the sheet and how to use it to your advantage during the AP test. 

That’s why we’ve developed the PrepScholar AP Physics 2 equation sheet. Our sheet contains all the formulas and information you’ll see on the official College Board Physics 2 equation sheet, plus explanations of the equations so you’ll know when to use them. This sheet is designed to be a study tool for you as you prepare for your AP Physics C exam. 

In this article, we’ll help you gain a full understanding of what the AP Physics 2 equation sheet is, what formulas it includes, and how to use them on the AP exam. We’ll also give you 3 practical tips for using the AP Physics 2 formula sheet as a study guide, and a list of tips for using the equations sheet effectively on exam day. 

Let’s dive in! 

 

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6 Expert Tips to Ace the AP Calculus AB Free Response

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Apr 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Many students opt to take a math AP exam, and Calculus AB is a popular choice since it’s slightly easier than Calculus BC. But to get a high score on it, you’ll need to do very well on the free-response section, which requires you to write out your answers to multi-step problems.

In this complete guide, we go over the AP Calculus AB Free Response section structure, provide examples to show you how it’s graded and what a correct answer looks like, and give you some tips for acing this tricky section of the exam.

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The 60 Most Important AP Gov Vocab Terms, Defined

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the most challenging aspects of the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam is the wide array of vocabulary terms that you need to understand in order to do well on the exam. Many of these terms and concepts dig deep into the U.S. Constitution, laws and policy, and the history of U.S. politics...and there are a lot of terms to know. 

This guide will help you get acquainted with 60 important AP Gov vocab terms you need to know. by dividing the terms up into key content areas that are assessed on the exam and providing straightforward definitions for each term. In addition, we’ll provide three crucial strategies for studying AP gov vocab terms in order to prepare effectively for the AP U.S. Gov exam.

 

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AP Physics C Equation Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 2, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Both of the AP Physics C exams supply a nifty information sheet with the exam booklet on test day. This information sheet is packed full of formulas and equations that are used in physics, which means it can be extremely useful as you prepare for and take the AP Physics C exams. 

There’s a lot of information on the three page equations sheet provided on the AP Physics C exams, though, so it’s important to be familiar with the info included on the sheet and how to use it to your advantage during the AP exams. 

That’s why we’ve developed the PrepScholar AP Physics C equation sheet. Our sheet contains all the formulas and information you’ll see on the official College Board Physics C equation sheet, plus explanations of the equations so you’ll know when to use them. This sheet is designed to be a study tool for you as you prepare for your AP Physics C exam. 

To further help you learn the ins and outs of the AP Physics C reference tables, we’ll also do the following in this article:

  • Explain how to use the AP Physics C equation sheet, section by section
  • Provide three tips for using the equations sheet to prepare for the AP Physics C exams
  • Provide three tips for using the equations sheet during the actual AP exams.

Let’s get started! 

 

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What Is AP Self-Study? Should You Do It?

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 25, 2020 10:53:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Did you know that you don't have to take an AP course to take the associated exam? Some people think this means all they need is a prep book, the registration fee, a pencil, and a dream. But are they right?

In this article, we'll go over all the essentials of self-studying for AP exams: what it means, why people self-study, whether or not you should self-study, and five key tips for any self-studier.

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The Best AP Biology Study Guide

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Studying for AP Biology is a big undertaking, and it can seem pretty overwhelming at first. But if you get an early start and have the right strategies and tools at your disposal, you stand a strong chance of getting a great score on the test.

In this complete AP Biology study guide, we're providing you with all the resources you need to carry out a focused, effective study plan. I'll give you the most helpful information out there so you can begin your journey to a 5 (nope, it's not too ambitious!).

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