Many high schools offer AP classes. AP stands for “advance placement”. Your high school may not offer all of them, but here is a list of all possible ones: The purpose of these classes is to provide college level classes to high schoolers. At the end of the course, they will be asked to take a timed AP test. It is mostly multiple choice and a few short essay questions. It is graded on a 5 point scale, with 3 being the mark for passing. Provided they pass this AP test, they will receive college credit for it. This becomes beneficial because you can enter college with credits already and you can save money. However, these classes are not easy! Here are some tips you can follow to maximize your efforts in studying for AP tests.

Get a prep book.

There are many useful prep books that contain study material such as practice tests. Some of the popular brands that have up-to-date versions are Barrons and Princeton Review.


Because it is a practiced test, it is important to see if you can complete many questions under the time pressure. Doing practice tests will also give you a good idea of how questions on the test will be worded.

Identify your study skills.

You should be prepared to expect every type of question on the test, regardless of the subject being tested. Some of the popular ones could include definition questions, computations, analysis, etc. Studying for these different types may require different types of study habits. Some people memorize well with flashcards. Learning math concepts can be done practicing similar math problems.

Good luck!

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