So I’m taking my first AP exams next year and I’m very nervous, but also a bit excited.
I’ve always liked school (somewhat) and I’ve liked a challenge and I think AP exams will provide that to me.
I don’t know if they’ll provide too much of a challenge though.
I decided to write out a quick plan of how I will be preparing for the exams, how I’m looking for practice materials, and what I think about the APs in general just so I have it down “on paper.”
I’m taking AP Calculus BC and AP World History if you’re interested by the way.
How I’ll Be Prepping
CollegeBoard has some example questions and stuff online so I will look over that, and my junior year friends recommended to read over the teachers’ section on there so I know what most of the exam questions will be focused on.
One of my friends also recommended checking out bestapbooks.com and figuring out which books are the best for my tests.
I thought I could figure out which books are best by simply reading reviews and asking around, but it seems that a lot of people use this site so I decided that I might as well!
Maybe I’m just too smart for this site… ;D
I’ll also be using Shmoop as it was very highly recommended by all of my teachers.
My teachers told me not to worry too much about this during the summer, but I want to get a leg up on the competition so I’ll be ordering the prep books early and I’ll read through all of the sections and take notes before school starts.
I know that I won’t remember everything, but this way it’ll be much easier when I come back to the material during the year.
I might also watch some videos on Khan Academy or the Green brother’s Crash Course, but that’s just light entertainment while eating dinner or something.
During the year I won’t be studying too hard outside of class, but once January comes I’ll start preparing for the exams for at least one hour per day per exam.
This will probably be more than enough and when I get a guaranteed 5 on at least 3 practice tests in a row, I’ll lower my studying to 30 minutes per day per class.
I’m sure that that will be enough with all of the prep that my teachers will have me do.
What I think about APs
I sort of went over how I feel about AP exams already, but I’ll do it again!
It should be a great way to get ready for college, challenge myself more, and maybe even save money for college because it’s not like my family is rich, you know?
I plan on taking as many AP exams as possible by the end of my high school career, and I’ll probably do 2 APs next year, 6-7 APs my sophomore year, and 6-7 APs my senior year.
What do you guys think about my plan?
Think I’m lying?
Come at me bros!