Guide to AP Exams for Students

AP Exams: Start Here – Students

Introduction

Welcome to the Albert blog! We created this step-by-step guide to the AP exams just for you. No matter which AP course you're taking, ​and no matter how many AP exams you're planning to tackle, this guide is for you. Read on for free expert advice and study materials designed to help you 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 trying Albert for yourself, 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 preparing to take 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 conquering your AP exam. We'll walk you through the entire process, from deciding which class to take, through strategies for scoring high on test day, and instructions for sending your 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 you've decided to take an AP course, you'll need to figure out how many you'd like 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 your classes. Unsure how many AP classes is too many for your schedule, or enough to help you meet your 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 your 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 choose the right number of classes and the best subjects for your interests and course load.

Finally, you'll need to know how to enroll 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 I study for my AP exam?
This is the most time-intensive step of the entire test process. You'll be dedicating a lot of your time to AP exam review, AP exam studying, and AP exam practice. From completing your AP class assignments to brushing up on key concepts outside of class, you'll want to make the most of your prep time to score a 5 on test day. So you'll need to develop a study plan 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 school offers only a few (or maybe even zero) AP classes, you might be thinking about self-studying for your AP exam. If that's the case, you'll need to be even more strategic about developing your 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 you're preparing for your 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 you can stick to, whether you'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 you as early as possible.

What should I 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've made it so far already. Now is your chance to show off all of the knowledge you've acquired. To help you put your 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 AP score?
Now comes the hardest part: waiting for your scores! If you're feeling impatient to learn how you performed on the exam for which you spent all year preparing, here's a three-minute guide to understanding when AP scores come out.

After you've made it to June and have your scores in hand, you'll be wondering what they mean. We unpack the meaning of a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 on your AP exam in Understanding Your AP Scores: What to Know. After you've analyzed your score, you'll probably want to send it to your dream school (or schools) as part of your 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