AP Exam Prep: How to Succeed in Advanced Placement Classes

AP Exam Prep: How to Succeed in Advanced Placement Classes


Advanced Placement (AP) exams preparation are a rite of passage in high school, but they can also be a bit daunting. Whether you’re preparing for the AP U.S. history test or any other subject, it’s important to know what to expect and how to succeed on exam day. Here are five tips that will help you get the highest score possible on your AP exam:

1. Start off strong

One of the most important things to remember when starting an AP class is that you’re going to be studying and learning at a much faster pace than you are used to. Not only will there be more material covered in less time, but you’ll also have less opportunities for mistakes during exams because of how much information there is on each exam. If your first few weeks are not spent effectively preparing yourself for this new challenge, it could lead to disastrous results later on down the road (and no one wants that). So how do we avoid falling behind? To start off strong, try these tips:
  • Make sure you understand all of your teacher’s expectations before beginning any assignments or tests–this includes knowing when they want them turned in by as well as what format they expect them in (e-mail vs paper). Having this knowledge beforehand can help ease any anxiety about doing poorly on an assignment because it gives us time think about what went wrong instead of wasting energy trying figure out why we got such poor marks after completing something incorrectly.*

2. Be organized

  • Use a planner. You might be thinking, “I don’t need this,” but there are so many benefits to having one! It helps you stay organized, keep track of your assignments and tests, and know when something is due. Plus it keeps track of all the information that can get lost in the shuffle if you’re not careful.
  • Use a calendar or scheduling app on your phone/computer/tablet device (or whatever!). This will help keep track of all those dates from above, plus any other events happening around school or home life–the more organized we are with our time management skills now, the better off we’ll be later down the road when life gets busy beyond belief!
  • Keep up-to-date files on everything related to college admissions requirements: transcripts from high school courses taken as well as AP exams taken; recommendation letters; personal statements; portfolios containing artwork etc.; transcripts from community college courses taken during summer breaks between high school years – anything that might come up during interviews or application processes should be kept somewhere safe where it won’t get lost!

3. Stay on top of deadlines

  • Keep track of deadlines.
  • Use a calendar or checklist to keep track of due dates for each assignment.

4. Complete all the work

  • Complete all the work.
  • Don’t rush to finish. If you don’t understand something, ask your teacher for clarification before moving on to the next problem or concept. This will ensure that you have a thorough understanding of each step in solving the problem and prevent confusion later on in your work (or even worse–the exam).
  • Check over your work before handing it in!

5. Review your grades throughout the year

You can use your grades throughout the year to help you decide which courses to take next year. If you’re having trouble with a class, it might be best to take a different one or consider dropping out of school altogether.

Advanced Placement exams require hard work, but they’re worth it!

Advanced Placement exams are a lot harder than regular classes. They require you to think critically and outside of the box, which can be difficult for some students. But in the end, it’s worth it! One reason is that passing an AP exam can earn you college credit by itself or as part of a college application. If you’re looking at colleges with strict requirements regarding how many AP courses they accept, these credits can help ensure your acceptance into a good school (and save money). In addition, if you pass an AP exam before starting college–say by taking the class during high school–it will give you an advantage over other students who didn’t have this opportunity because they hadn’t taken any higher-level courses yet when applying for admission; this gives them less time than usual before graduation day comes around again next year!


If you’re taking an AP class, the best way to prepare for the exam is to stay organized and work hard. Make sure that you know all of the material covered in the course so that when it comes time for testing, you’ll be ready!



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