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Overview of 2020 AP Exams

On March 20th, the College Board announced that the May AP exams will be moved online due to COVID-19 concerns. Trevor Packer, head of the AP program, announced new exam dates and details about the all-online AP exams in a video uploaded to the AP Program website. You can find

Two Secrets to AP Success

If you’re taking AP courses this year and want to know how to be successful in the class and on the test in May, you’re not alone! In the fall, your main focus should be on learning the material your class is currently covering. Targeted studying for the tests should

Navigating the World of AP Classes

As the College Board's flagship SAT product continues to lose ground to the juggernaut ACT, its AP product line has become more deeply entrenched in the world of high school academics. For better or for worse, APs have become the de facto symbols of rigor and commitment to academic excellence

Academic Rigor and the AP Dilemma

The Advanced Placement program has had a profound impact on the American high school curriculum. Since its humble beginnings in 1955 - when some 1,200 students took a mere 2,200 exams - the AP has grown into a juggernaut, dominating the high school landscape: in 2018 over 2.8 million students

Selective College Admissions and the AP Conundrum

Seven prominent DC-area private schools sent shockwaves through academia when they recently announced that they will eliminate their AP class offerings by 2022. As a rationale for their decision, the schools offered numerous critiques of the AP program, citing its diminished utility, its pervasiveness, and its negative influence on authentic

Decoding the Updated AP U.S. History Rubric

Despite the infamous reputation of the APUSH exam, mastering its essays is straightforward if you're comfortable with the rubric! In this article, we break down the Document-Based Question (DBQ) and Long Essay Question (LEQ) responses, providing tips on thesis development, contextualization, evidence incorporation, and analytical reasoning. After reading, you'll gain a better understanding of the expectations, preparing you for success on the exam and beyond!

Your AP Scores are Here - Now What?

The College Board released scores from the May 2017 AP Exam cycle starting on July 5th — if you have not yet received your results, head on over to the College Board website, login, and your scores should be available to view! Now that you have your scores, the question

The What, Why, and How of AP Examinations

What are AP exams? AP examinations are tests administered every year in May. These exams are written by the College Board (the same company that writes the SAT) and are traditionally taken after a semester or year-long AP class. AP classes and their respective exams are administered in subjects ranging

4 Reasons to Take an AP Practice Test

It’s February already. And coming around the corner is that most wonderful time of the year when, for two weeks in May, students nationwide will have 2-3 hours to prove themselves in the face of multiple-choice questions, essay responses, and performance tasks. In case the description or the article’s title

6 Ways Strong AP Scores Can Benefit You

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there among high school students about whether or not AP exams are worth studying hard to master. However, while there is little or no harm in scoring poorly on AP exams, a good score can open up several great opportunities. Here are six strong reasons to take your APs seriously and work hard for 4s and 5s across all your AP tests.

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