Guide to AP Exams for Teachers

AP Exams: Start Here – Teachers


Welcome to the Albert blog! We created this step-by-step guide to help students and teachers preparing for any of the AP exams. No matter which AP course you're teaching, you can use this guide to navigate the process from start to finish. Read on for free tips and study materials you can share with your AP students to help them 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 in your classroom, you can check out some of our free practice questions here.

What kinds of resources can you find here?
We created this blog as a resource for teachers and students preparing for 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 the AP exams. We'll walk you and your students through the entire process, from helping them register for AP exams, through strategies for scoring high on test day, and even instructions for sending students' 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 do students register for AP exams?
Once students have decided to take an AP course, they'll need to know how to enroll in AP classes and register for the exam. We can walk everyone through that process in three minutes with our post, AP Exam Registration: How Does It Work?

How can I help my students to score high on their AP exam?
Here at Albert, we're always looking for new ways to help teachers prepare their students to score high. That's why we put together so many eBooks and free materials, like our Ultimate Teacher's Starter Kit to APUSH. We're also working to create pedagogical resources for teachers in any AP subject. Check out our Ultimate List of AP Teacher Tips, for example, which features more than 150+ pieces of free advice from seasoned AP educators.

How should students study for the AP exam?
Apart from the time spent in class, this is obviously the most time-intensive step of the entire test process. Your students will be dedicating a lot of energy to AP exam review, AP exam studying, and AP exam practice. And you'll want to help students to make the most of their prep time to score a 5 on test day. So you'll need to work with them 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?

Next read through How to Study for AP Exams: Tips and Tricks. In this post, we explain how to create a study schedule that students 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 each student 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 and your students have made it so far already. Now is their chance to show off all of the knowledge they've acquired in your classroom over the last year. To help them 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 students' AP scores?
Now comes the hardest part: waiting for student scores! If you're feeling impatient to learn how your class performed on the exams 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 students have their scores in hand, you'll be wondering what they mean. We unpack the meaning of a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams in Understanding Your AP Scores: What to Know. After you've analyzed your students' scores, you'll probably want to help them send test results to their dream school (or schools) as part of their college applications. 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 course. 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