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How to Prepare for the AP Exams

May 1 is the first AP test, and if you haven’t started studying, here are some tips.


1. Understanding the test format 

It is important to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam. Each subject has a different format and allows various amounts of time. For example, the AP US History exam has a multiple-choice section that is 1 hour and 35 minutes and a free-response section with 3 questions that is 2 hours and 15 minutes. However, the AP US Government exam has 4 free response questions that are 1 hour and 40 mins and a multiple choice section the same length as the APUSH. Make sure to review the structure for your exams and the timing. 


2. Practicing 

Try to find past AP exams from the College Board website. Doing this will allow you to understand the structure and content of an actual test. You will be aware of the type of questions that will be asked. You can find other practice materials from online websites, the official AP Classroom, or prep books. 


3. Finding an effective study method 

Find a study method that works best for you and stick to it. Make sure that this method allows you to perform the best. It is also helpful to create a schedule and set a goal for the day. Use various tools to see which helps you the best, just don’t stick to flashcards and memorizing your notes. 


4. Using resources 

There are many resources out there to prepare for the exams. 

Online: Khan Academy, Quizlet, and

Prep Books: Barron’s, Princeton Review, and Kaplan

College Board also has an official AP Classroom with videos about the content and practice problems

You can also ask your teachers and fellow students for help!


5. Taking care of yourself 

Make sure that you take care of your mental and physical well-being. It is important to have enough sleep and eat properly during the exam. Take breaks during studying to help avoid burnout. 


Preparing for AP exams takes time and effort, but you can succeed with dedication and hard work. Remember to stay positive and focused. Don’t get discouraged by certain areas. Make sure to reach out to others in case you need help!


For more study tips and tricks for different types of exams, click here to see what our GirlSpring contributor has to share about the SATs and ACT tests!


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1 Comment

  • Saniya Vaish

    Very helpful!

    April 21, 2023 at 8:43 pm
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