The Advanced Placement, or AP, exams are tests offered at the end of the year after taking an AP class and are graded on a one to five scale, one being the worst and five being the best. A three or higher is considered a passing score. They are administered by the College Board, and can be exchanged for college credit at most universities. As the school year starts up again, many students are already feeling the pressure to do well on their AP Exams, a constant challenge made even harder when they don’t know how to study or what to use. Most people first think of AP review books, such as those made by Barron’s or the Princeton Review, and while they are useful resources they are also expensive and sometimes difficult to find, especially as testing season draws nearer. Luckily there are plenty of free resources, such as those listed below that can be just as, if not more, useful than the books.
Youtube has countless educational videos catered towards AP students and study material on the AP Exams. They have many channels for each subject, all varying in depth of content, length, and difficulty. Navigating so many channels can be intimidating and difficult, so I have listed some of my favorites below.
Though the College Board unfortunately does not release its multiple choice questions, they do release their free response questions, along with the answers. I highly recommend making use of these because they are the best way to prepare for the FRQs that you will see on your tests. Additionally, they provide examples which are extremely helpful when learning how to do the FRQS for the various AP tests.
Khan Academy is one of the best study resources of all time, and it offers resources for many different AP Courses. They are a fantastic resource if you want to get ahead of your class during the summer of the school year and also one of the few places to get free multiple choice practice online for the AP tests.
The College Board Course and Exam Descriptions are invaluable when you are studying because they tell you exactly what you are going to be tested on. This is extremely helpful if you only have a couple weeks to study because it helps you to streamline the process and cut out unnecessary information from your schedule. They can be found online as free pdfs.
AP Classroom is run by College Board and is the best place to find multiple choice questions for AP Practice; however, it is almost impossible to get access to if you are homeschooled or self-teaching yourself the subject.
Libraries are a great place to go for AP studying for several reasons. If you still want an AP review book, libraries usually have a couple for the more common subjects, and may also have AP textbooks that you can also get practice out of. Additionally, they are great places to find books to read for AP history, english, or foreign language practice.
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