Best ways to study for your AP exams


Michaela Malec

AP tests are being held all throughout this week and next week. The APUSH test will be held on Friday, May 11 at 8:00 a.m.

AP exams take place in the second and third weeks of May. This year they begin on Monday, May 7, and end on Friday, May 18. With AP exams taking place in one of the busiest months of the year, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to even start studying for them. However, here are the best ways to study for your AP exams.

AP Review Books:

Review books are one of the best ways to review, especially if you’re in a time crunch. They perfectly sum up a whole year worth of material into a concise book. AP review books keep things simple, and are made by companies to help you study the most important material for the AP exam. You can get books like these from either Amazon or any book store.

Class Notes / Assignments:

It’s important to remember that the whole point of any AP class you’re taking is to prepare you for this test. Your class notes and homework assignments are geared to teach you what the exam will ask you questions about. One of the best ways to get ready for the exam is to read through the notes of material that your teacher knows for a fact will be asked about on the exam. Take the time to go through your folder of homework assignments, go through your notebooks, re-read any papers you may have written for the class, and don’t be afraid to use your teacher’s website as a resource.

Michaela Malec
Sarah Dandorph, junior, uses free time in class and time at home to prepare for her AP tests, which include U.S. history. 

Review Videos:

Review videos are some of the best ways to study for the AP exam. Since the exam covers the entire year, you may not remember material that you learned months ago. The best way to relive those lectures is to watch review videos. Mainly made by teachers, these review videos are made for the purpose of wrapping up those chapters into a concise 10 minute video, give or take, that cover everything you need to know for the exam. The video makers make sure to talk about how the AP exam will use this information to ask you questions, and will talk you through why the information is important pertaining to the exam. Just go onto YouTube, search up your class and the topic you’re wondering about, and several videos will pop up.

Online Study-Guides / Quizlets:

The most amazing thing about AP classes is that there are hundreds of thousands of other kids taking the same exact test as you. That means that on the Internet, there are so many options already there for you to choose from when it comes to Quizlets and study guides. These tools are made to study for the AP exam so they’re perfectly geared to help you study for the AP exam really quickly. However, these resources are made by students, so they might not be 100 percent correct. Use them as a stepping stone, and make sure that you add your own information to them to make sure you have everything down.

No matter how you study this year, make sure to just try your hardest on your exams. Good luck.