7 Strategies for Taking Your AP Tests

Student Taking AP Test
Student Taking AP Test

It’s AP Test Time. Achieving a good score on AP tests can not only help current Juniors with
College Admissions next fall, current Seniors can use AP scores to test out of next year’s
college courses. So extra dedication to studying for these tests has many benefits. Here are
a few study tips:

1. Know the Format

The first step in preparing for AP exams is to understand the format of the exam.
Familiarize yourself with the structure, timing, and types of questions that will be on
the exam. This will help you to focus your studying on the areas that are most

2. Create a study schedule:

Make a study schedule that works for you, based on your
learning style and preferences. Break down the material you need to learn into
smaller, manageable chunks and assign specific times for each topic. This will help
you to stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

3. Practice with past exams:

Practice with past AP exams to get a feel for the types of
questions that will be asked on the exam. This will also help you to identify areas
where you may need more practice and review.

4. Use multiple study resources:

Don’t rely on just one study resource. Use a variety of
materials, such as textbooks, study guides, online resources, and practice tests to
get a well-rounded understanding of the material.

5. Study actively:

Avoid passive studying techniques, such as just reading notes or
textbooks. Instead, use active study techniques, such as practicing problems,
creating flashcards, and explaining concepts to others. This will help you to retain
information better.

6. Take breaks:

Taking breaks is important for both physical and mental health. It’s
important to take regular breaks to rest your eyes, stretch, and recharge your brain.

7. Get help when needed:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Reach out
to your teachers, classmates, or a tutor if you are struggling with a particular topic or

Remember, preparing for AP exams takes time and effort, so start early and stay focused. Good
luck with your studies!

College Tutors offers personalized, effective tutoring services to help students succeed in school.

We’ve been building stronger families since 2004 in our locally owned locations across the country by helping students achieve in the classroom virtually and in-person. 

Want to learn more?

Article Topics