Top 10 Tips from AP Summer Institute Instructors to Prepare Students for an AP Exam
If you are like many other AP teachers, the spring months can be stressful as you rush to finish your curriculum and prepare your students to take a College Board AP exam in May. To help relieve the year-end stress, here are some tips to help you incorporate test preparation and practice into your curriculum throughout the year or semester.
- Review the latest standards and updates. The first place to go for official, up-to-date information about the latest updates to AP curriculums and test measures is the College Board’s Advances in AP Web site: http://advancesinap.collegeboard.org. In May 2013, students will take the revised AP Biology exam; the Advances in AP Web site includes the revised course’s curriculum framework and sample multiple-choice and free-response questions. To review changes coming to the AP Chemistry course in 2013–2014, click here.
- Cover all the tested topics in your course. If you will not finish the curriculum, spend the last few weeks covering the remaining tested topics. Allow extra review for the concepts that will be tested most heavily. To determine what to cover, review the AP course descriptions.
- Administer practice free-response questions (FRQs) to help your students improve their writing skills and learn how to answer an AP-level essay fully and concisely. Use FRQs from previously released exams to help prepare students. Here are some links to course descriptions containing FRQs and resources from past exams:
Some sample FRQs include grading rubrics, which can help students learn how the questions will be graded on the exam.
We hope these helpful tips give you some tools and resources you need to prepare your students for AP exam success. Be sure to follow the changes and prepare for next year’s curriculum by visiting the College Board’s Advances in AP site.
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