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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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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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How to Register for AP Tests and Classes

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Wondering how to register for AP classes and tests? Get a complete guide to AP registration here – even if you're homeschooled or your local school doesn't have the AP program.

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What's Better for You: IB or AP? College Expert Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are both high school programs that offer college-level courses and the opportunity to earn college credit.

So what's the difference between AP and IB? Does one look more impressive than the other? Which will improve your odds of getting into a top school the most? We will introduce you to both programs and explain which one will look more impressive on your college applications.

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How Much Do AP Tests Cost?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 22, 2020 9:47:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Curious about how much it costs to take an AP Test? Learn here how much your AP exams are going to cost you in 2019-2020. We'll also cover how to get financial aid if you need it. So read on for maximum AP test cost saving!

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Every AP Biology Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Mar 21, 2020 11:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Practice tests can help you get familiar with the structure of the AP Biology exam and feel more comfortable with the types of questions you'll be expected to answer on test day. Studying with practice tests can also give you insight into the specific struggles you might have with the material as presented on the AP test. You can then focus your studying appropriately to tackle these problems.

In this article, I'll list all the practice tests for AP Biology that you can find online and give you a few tips on how to use them effectively as study aids for both the AP test and any in-class tests you have throughout the school year.

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What Are AP Classes? Why Should You Take Them?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Mar 21, 2020 10:30:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

If you have started high school recently or are 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 earn college credit by passing AP exams. But how do these classes work exactly?

Read on for our guide to AP courses and learn how these special classes can get you ahead.

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