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The Benefits of AP Testing

The Benefits of AP Testing

As the school year comes to an end, most students are preparing for finals. Many students in Advanced Placement classes, though, are preparing to take one or more of the AP exams offered by the school. While taking advanced classes can be challenging, it has its benefits.


AP classes can be easily compared to introductory college classes. Princeton Magazine says,“They [AP classes] are fast-paced, cover more material than regular classes, and require independent work like research and analysis.”


By having high school courses comparable to introductory college courses, it can help students with the transition from high school to college work.


When colleges look at the AP courses you took in high school, they see that you have the ability to take college courses and that you have what it takes to be in an undergraduate setting.  


“When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college,” says “Work Toward College Success” by the College Board.


AP courses not only help your transition into college, but also can help you get college credit. Standing out in a college application can give you a better chance of getting accepted into that college, and also make you stand out more for academic scholarships. “Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit… for qualifying AP Exam scores,” says “Discover the Benefits of AP” by the College Board.


The AP test scores range from one to five, with five being the highest score; colleges will accept a minimum score for it to transfer to a college class. This means that if your college accepts your score, you can test out of a college class. College courses can cost thousands of dollars, not including books, but if you take and pass the AP test, you’re only spending $93, which saves money compared to the cost of college course credits.


While AP courses can seem very stressful, and include a lot of school and homework, taking AP courses offers a lot more to students than general courses can. They can test out of college courses, as well as better prepare them for their college workload.

Six Tips to Pass an AP Test

Stressed about the test?


The end of the school year is approaching, but every student knows along with bright suns and clear skies, the end of the year also brings tests.


Common exams that many students around the globe are preparing for at the end of the year are AP tests. Over the course of two weeks, May 7-18, seven AP tests will be taken here at JBl.


AP tests are meant to help students receive college credits to get a jumpstart on college. The AP credits can be very helpful, but the first step to being able to receive them is by passing the test.

AP tests are scored from a zero to five, but most colleges accept a three or above.


Worried about passing? Below are six tips to help you pass your AP test:



  • Practice questions



Many websites online provide questions that reflect what would be asked on an AP test. Students can use these questions to test themselves and understand the material that’s on the AP test. Besides going online, asking AP teachers for extra study material is always an option.



  • Manage time



The AP test takes about two to three hours to complete. This is a short amount of time to finish the test and it makes everything fast-paced. The best way to manage your time is to become use to it. When you are home, close your door, sit down and time yourself on questions. You should find a system that works for you in answering questions in the most efficient way possible.



  • Review concepts from the first half of the year



Everyone can agree that by the end of the school year, almost everyone has forgotten the material they learned from the first half. So, it is important to go back through and remember everything that was taught over the year by reviewing your prior material.



  • Do NOT cram



The most effective studying is done over a course of several weeks of reviewing material. Studies show, according to Prometric publisher of “8 Tips to Help Pass a Standardized Test,”  it is better than cramming all the information in the night before.



  • Sleep well


Studies, according to Prometric, have also shown getting sleep rather than studying all night before the test is most helpful. Also, a good night’s sleep will leave you awake and aware during the test.


  1.  Do not panic


The best way to focus is when you are calm and relaxed. When stuck on a question, move on, and then come back to it later. Do not worry about the other people taking the test, just focus on your test. Most importantly, feel confident in your knowledge and ability. Go into the test feeling positive and ready.

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