Guide to AP Exams for Parents

AP Exams: Start Here – Parents


Welcome to the Albert blog! No matter which AP course your child is taking, ​and no matter how many AP exams they're planning to tackle, this guide is for you. Read on for free expert advice and study materials designed to help your AP student earn a 5.

Who are we?
Here at Albert, we're dedicated to making learning easier through interactive practice. We've already helped over a million students to excel on their AP exams. We're proud to offer the largest collection of expert-written, quality aligned AP practice questions available anywhere. If you're interested in using Albert to help your child prepare for an AP exam, you can check out some of our free practice questions here.

What kinds of resources can you find here?
We created this blog as as a resource for students (and their parents) and teachers preparing to conquer any of the AP exams. Every single day, we release brand new free AP study guides and crash course reviews. 

More specifically, in this guide, you'll find step-by-step advice for helping your student conquer the AP exam. We'll walk you through the entire process, from helping them decide which class to take, through strategies for scoring high on test day, and instructions for sending your child's scores to colleges and universities. We'll also provide you with detailed guides to each of the AP subjects.

Getting Started with AP Exams

How should I choose my AP classes?
Now that your student has decided to take an AP course, he or she will figure need to figure out how many to attempt. Success on any of the AP exams requires high-level thought and a great deal of studying, so it's important to do a bit of research before choosing AP classes. Unsure how many AP classes is too many for your child's schedule, or enough to help them meet their college goals? Start by reading this helpful post: How Many AP Classes Should I Take?

Next comes the most exciting part: choosing the right AP classes! Feeling overwhelmed by the options? We've put together resources to help you approach this one of two ways. You can ask, what are the easiest AP classes and tests? Or you can ask, what are the hardest AP classes and tests? Either way, you'll be better prepared to help your AP student choose the right number of classes and the best subjects for his or her interests and course load.

Finally, you'll need to know how to enroll your student in AP classes and register for the exam. We'll walk you through that process in three minutes with our post, AP Exam Registration: How Does It Work?

How should my child study for the AP exam?
This is the most time-intensive step of the entire test process. Your AP student will be dedicating a lot of time to AP exam review, AP exam studying, and AP exam practice. From completing AP class assignments to brushing up on key concepts outside of class, you'll want to help them make the most of their prep time to score a 5 on test day. So you'll need to develop a study plan together to tackle all of that material. Unsure how to begin? Try our introductory post on AP Studying: When Should I Start Studying for the APs?

If your child's school offers only a few (or maybe even zero) AP classes, you might be thinking about helping him or her to self-study for your AP exam. If that's the case, you'll need to be even more strategic about developing an AP study plan. So we've compiled a list of the top 10 AP exams to tackle solo. Check them out here, in Which AP Exams Should You Self-Study For?

Re​gardless of whether your child is preparing for an AP exam alone or with the help of a teacher, you should next read through How to Study for AP Exams: Tips and Tricks. In this post, we explain how to create a study schedule that your AP student can stick to, whether they're tackling one subject or several. When it comes to AP exam review, consistency is key. So it's worth taking the time to outline a study strategy that works for your child as early as possible.

What should my AP student expect on test day?
After all of those months of studying, reviewing, and (maybe just a little bit of) cramming, test day has finally arrived. Congratulations! You and your AP student have made it so far already. Now is his or her chance to show off all of the knowledge they've acquired. To help your child put their best foot forward on test day, we've compiled two handy guides: 7 Tips to Exam Test Prep the Morning of a Test and 5 Essentials You Can't Leave Home Without on AP Test Day.

How do I interpret my child's AP score?
Now comes the hardest part: waiting for your child's scores! If you're feeling impatient to learn how he or she performed on the exam for which you spent all year preparing together, here's a three-minute guide to understanding when AP scores come out.

After you've made it to June and have your student's scores in hand, you'll both be wondering what they mean. We unpack the meaning of a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 on your child's AP exam in Understanding Your AP Scores: What to Know. After you've analyzed your AP student's score, you'll probably want to send it to your son or daughter's dream school (or schools) as part of his or her college application. Wondering how to do that? To make it easier for you, we've compiled guides to AP credits at these schools:

Congratulations! Now you have a sense of what the general AP exam process looks like, from start to finish.

Now it's time to move on to more in-depth information about each specific AP subject. Proceed to the next section to find detailed study tips and crash course reviews for all of the AP subjects.

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>> Part II: Guide to AP Exams by Subject