AP Testing Tips



Christine Pham, Writer

Many students around this time of year are rigorously cramming information for the infamous, but highly coveted AP Exams. AP Exams, as most of you know, award the student with college credit if they pass an exam with a certain score, with scores ranging from 1-5. Preparing for AP exams in general can be extremely stressful, especially those who are taking multiple exams. Here are some tips coming from a fellow AP student and exam taker:

Make sure you get a good night’s rest.

Sure, you’ve probably learned to survive off of little to no sleep during the regular school year, but you don’t want to be falling asleep in the middle of the test.

But what if I just used caffeine?

Sure, you’ll be awake, but don’t want to risk being jittery and having your heart race while testing once you’ve drunk 5 cups of coffee after an all-nighter.

Make sure you absolutely know all the material.

Sure, good sleep is important, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about the test at all. Make sure you properly utilize the test prep materials you’re given, and you could also find a lot of different resources online. Taking practice tests is a good way to gauge your level of understanding and plan strategies for the actual test.

Don’t cram everything at the last minute.

I know you will anyway, but try to learn everything you can at least a week prior to the exam. That gives you enough time to hopefully review the material and really solidify everything you’ve learned.

Bring a watch!

You never know if your testing room will provide one or not. Always bring an analog watch to pace yourself in a timely manner.

Believe in yourself!

You got this!