AP Test Preparation

High school students complete Advanced Placement (AP) exams in order to be exempt from introductory-level college courses.  By testing out of certain classes, students can take more advanced courses and complete their higher education faster.  AP exams are typically administered in May over a two-week time period.  Students can take AP exams in myriad subjects.  Educational Tutorial Services over test preparation programs for the following AP subjects:

AP Art History

Students are prepared to take the AP Art History exam which reflects content in introductory college class.  The test measures student knowledge on painting and drawing, sculpture, architecture, and other media including printmaking, ceramics, fiber arts, and photography.  Students learn to apply basic art terms, demonstrate an understanding of the function of art, and analyze various works in their historical contexts. This test is designed to assess higher order thinking skills in students.

AP Biology

This is one of the most frequently taken AP tests.  It is a three hour test comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions and an essay component.  With a score of four or higher, students who take this test can earn college credit in biology.  They effectively test-out of introductory biology courses.  The test covers Heredity and Evolution, Molecules and Cells, and Organisms and Populations.  It is recommended that students complete high school biology and chemistry prior to tackling AP biology.

AP Calculus AB

The AP Calculus AB test deals with integral and differential calculus. Students should have an extensive background in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry before considering taking this test. It requires three hours and fifteen minutes to complete. The test has two sections.  The first section includes Part A and Part B testing components. Part A consists of 28 multiple-choice questions to be finished within 55 minutes.  Part B has 17 questions to be answered in 50 minutes. Section 2 also has two parts which have three calculus problems each.  Students have 45 minutes to complete each part of the second section.

AP Calculus BC

The AP Calculus BC exam is for advanced math students. It requires three hours and fifteen minutes to complete. The test has two sections.  The first section includes Part A and Part B testing components. Part A consists of 28 multiple-choice questions to be finished within 55 minutes.  Part B has 17 questions to be answered in 50 minutes. Section 2 also has two parts which have three calculus problems each.  Students have 45 minutes to complete each part of the second section.

AP Chemistry

Students who have completed high school chemistry and advanced studies in the subject can take the AP Chemistry exam.  It takes three hours and five minutes to complete.  The first section of the exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions to be finished within 90 minutes.  The second section consists of problems to be solved.  Part A has three quantitative problems while Part B also three problems, with two essays, and both have to be completed in 40 minutes each.

AP English Language and Composition

The test measures student knowledge on language structure and writing ability.  Students must apply higher order reading comprehension skills to understanding difficult literature.  Writing skills must reflect these highly developed thinking abilities.  This exam includes 55 multiple-choice questions based on four reading passages.  Students have 60 minutes to complete this section.  The next section requires the student to write three essays within a two-hour time frame.  The essays represent about 55% of the final exam score.

AP English Language and Literature

Students are required to read and analyze classical as well as contemporary literature.  All genres are included in this category.  The test assesses student’s critical thinking and higher order comprehension skills.  Students should have a full understanding of literary themes, elements, and language usage prior to taking this exam.  The first section of the test is comprised of 55 multiple-choice questions pertaining to five reading passages.  The second section requires the student to write three essays within two hours.  Essays will be specific to literary works which can include short stories, poems, or novel excerpt.

AP European History

The AP European History exam covers the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the Old World continents from 1450 to 2004.  Students should plan for three hours and fifteen minutes to complete the exam.  The first section of the test is comprised of 80 multiple-choice questions.  Students have 55 minutes to answer these questions.  The second section requires the students to write an initial response within 45 minutes and write two essays within 70 minutes.

AP French Language and Culture

This AP exam assesses student proficiency in reading and writing the French language.  It also measures student knowledge of the French culture in both historical and contemporary contexts.  Students should be well-versed in French cultural practices and have the ability to communicate in French.  The first section of the exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions.  The second section requires students to complete paragraphs and complete a simulated conversation using a tape recording.  The conversation takes place after students review multiple source documents and prepare their oral response to a particular question.

AP German Language and Culture

This AP exam assesses student proficiency in reading and writing the German language.  It also measures student knowledge of the German culture in both historical and contemporary contexts.  Students should be well-versed in German cultural practices and have the ability to communicate in German.  The first section of the exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions.  The second section requires students to complete paragraphs and complete a simulated conversation using a tape recording.  The conversation takes place after students review multiple source documents and prepare their oral response to a particular question.

AP Italian Language and Culture

This AP exam assesses student proficiency in reading and writing the Italian language.  It also measures student knowledge of the Italian culture in both historical and contemporary contexts.  Students should be well-versed in Italian cultural practices and have the ability to communicate in Italian.  The first section of the exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions.  The second section requires students to complete paragraphs and complete a simulated conversation using a tape recording.  The conversation takes place after students review multiple source documents and prepare their oral response to a particular question.

AP Macroeconomics

Students interested in placing out of Economics 101 or introductory economics in college often take the AP Macroeconomics exam.  The test is comprised of multiple-choice questions that must be answered within 70 minutes and a 60 minute essay section.  This exam measures student understanding of basic economics with some emphasis on economic policy, supply and demand, trade and finance, and performance indicators.

AP Microeconomics

The test is comprised of multiple-choice questions that must be answered within 70 minutes and a 60 minute essay section.  This exam measures student understanding of economic markets, government roles in economic efficiencies, and how consumers affect the economy.

AP Music Theory

Music theory is a common freshman requirement.  Students can place out of this requirement by taking and receiving a high score on the AP Music Theory exam.  Music theory involves many aspects of musicianship.

AP Physics

There are three individual exams associated with the AP Physics Test: Physics B, Physics C Mechanics, and Physics C Electricity and Magnetism.  Physics B is based primarily on algebra and trigonometry.  Only students who are not planning to major in physics or engineering should take this exam.  Students who plan to pursue physics or engineering degrees should take Physics C exams.  Physics B is a three-hour exam consisting of 70 multiple-choice questions and 15 free response questions.  Physics C exams take 90 minutes to complete.  Included are 35 multiple-choice questions and three essays.

AP Psychology

Students need only two hours to complete the AP Psychology test. The first part of the exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions while the second is comprised of two essay responses.  Students should be familiar with various aspects of psychology including psychological disorders, treatments, abnormal psychology, social psychology, learning, behavioral psychology, research methods, and psychological theory and history.

AP Spanish Language

This AP exam assesses student proficiency in reading and writing the Spanish language.  It also measures student knowledge of the Spanish culture in both historical and contemporary contexts.  Students should be well-versed in Spanish cultural practices and have the ability to communicate in Spanish.  The first section of the exam consists of 35 multiple-choice questions.  The second section requires students to complete paragraphs and complete a simulated conversation using a tape recording.  The conversation takes place after students review multiple source documents and prepare their oral response to a particular question.

AP Spanish Literature

Students who take AP Spanish Literature are gaining the same knowledge as students in a third-year college Spanish literature class.  The exam is based in part on the required reading list.  Student ability to comprehend, interpret, and analyze significant literary works in Spanish is measured by the AP Spanish Literature test.  The test is a combination of multiple-choice questions based on reading passages and essays.

AP Statistics

Students who do well on the AP Statistics Test can place out of some introductory statistics classes.  It takes three hours to complete both sections of the exam.  The first section is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 90 minutes.  The second section has two parts that consist of 5 questions to be answered in 65 minutes and 2 questions to be answered in 25 minutes respectively.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

This test covers political founding of the U.S. beginning with the creation of the Constitution.  Students should have a broad knowledge base of the inner workings of the U.S. government including the three branches of government, public policy, political party structures, political beliefs, election processes, and implications on the wider culture. It takes two hours and 25 minutes to complete the exam.  The first 45 minutes is for multiple-choice questions with the remaining 100 minutes dedicated to four essay responses.

AP U.S. History

More students take this AP test than any other one.  Students should plan for three hours and 15 minutes to take the test.  The first section requires the student to answer 80 multiple-choice questions in 55 minutes.  Essays in the second section account for 50% of the total score.  Students are required to read provided materials and right one response within one hour.  The last two essays must be completed within 70 minutes.

AP World History

Students who take the AP World History test should have a broad understanding of the development of societies around the world.  This test takes three hours and five minutes to complete.  The first section consists of 70 multiple choice questions to be completed in 55 minutes.  The second section has two writing parts with the first one to be completed in 50 minutes.  Students have 40 minutes to complete the last two essays which involve in-depth analysis of a world history question and a comparison between at least two societies.

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