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Capitalize on some last minute tips to help you ace your AP exams in May.

Test time is here: rejoice, rejoice.

While you’re enthusiasm for AP testing might be low, your enthusiasm for getting bad scores on AP tests is probably even lower. You’ve already come this far so just do your best and you may be surprised by the results.

To assist your last minute preparations check out this Q and A about AP exams.

Who should take the AP tests?

AP exams are for any student who thinks he’s prepared to score well on said AP exam and who is interested in getting a head start in college. You don’t even have to be in an AP class to take the exam. As long as you think you’ll pass, go ahead and take it.

When are the AP exams?

Exam dates: May 5-9 and May 12-16, 2014

Late testing dates: May 21-23, 2014

AP scores released: Early-Mid July

The deadline for changing your score report recipients and cancellation requests is June 15, 2012

Why should you take AP exams?

Like a nice shirt, AP exams look good on you. They tell college admissions boards that you’re serious about your education and help you stand out amongst the crowd of hopefully college-goers.

Additionally, good AP scores can help you earn college credit or lead to advanced placement. Don’t waste your time in French 202 when you know you’re ready for Advanced Language and Lit.

AP facts and tips

  • There are 37 AP exams across 22 subject areas. Popular AP courses include chemistry, psychology, calculus, English literature, physics, biology, US government and politics, US history, Spanish literature, and studio art.
  • Tests take between two and three hours to complete
  • Students can repeat AP exams but all grades will be reported unless canceled or withheld.
  • AP exams are given only once a year.
  • AP exams, like the SAT, penalize wrong answers. Blind guessing is not a good idea.
  • Scores of 3 or less can reflect poorly upon the test-taker.
  • Don’t forget your pencils, a pen, your school code, your social security number, a calculator, and your photo ID.


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