How to Slay the End-of-the-Year AP Exams


Reagan Hartman

As the AP exams are coming up, it is time to get prepared so you can get the scores you want. The best way to prepare for an AP exam is to take part in your classes. You should set aside consistent study time and become familiar with exam layout by doing practice AP exams.

If you are taking more than one AP test this May, it is important to start early and make a schedule to map out your time. When studying, identify your strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on them regularly. Also, you should study smartly. Avoid distractions such as music, TV, or your cell phone when studying. It may also help to find a study partner who you can take turns explaining the answers to difficult questions. You will improve your understanding of the material greatly by being both the student and teacher. Remember, you know more than you realize. Taking what you know and understanding how to apply that knowledge is extremely important at this point.

The most important thing is taking care of your body. The biggest mistake students make is taking the test tired. Being loopy from exhaustion doesn’t help when taking the test. A few days prior to the test you should eat healthily, get 30-45 minutes extra sleep, and minimize caffeine so that your body has time to slow down and recover before the exam.

Self-doubt is your worst enemy when taking the ap exam. It would be best if you were confident in your abilities and what you know to do well. This is only a test; it does not determine your intelligence. This test will not hurt you in any way if you don’t do good; it doesn’t determine whether you graduate or how successful you will be in life. Just remember to take a deep breath, remain calm, and take on this test with everything you’ve got.