All The Information You Need to Ace the Exam
Tips Before Starting the Class:
College Board Exam Tips: Directly from the college board website. Here is all the information you need to know to be prepared. Since, the creators of the College Board know most of the test information, almost all of their advice is credible.
Zack Giner Exam Tips: This site includes a comprehensive list of tips for all parts of the exam especially the FRQ.
Best Textbook Alternatives: (Will Not Lead to Information Overload)
Chapter Notes: These notes from Dan Shutter’s website are ideal high quality notes that are much more useful than the AP Chemistry textbook. They are detailed enough to include all the information covered in the exam but are not redundant and don’t carry worthless information that the textbook includes. Not only will these notes save you time, they will prevent you from getting into information overload mode and thus better prepare you for the exam.
Best Books to Buy Now:
For many exams, buying a practice book can make studying for the exam much easier. Some people specifically like the old fashion way of studying materials from a book and being able to take notes. The thing is not all books are good candidates for being prep books. The best books are those whose material matches that of the College Boards material. In many cases prep books might be rushed in order to match specific deadlines. Never rely on Amazon or Google’s ratings as many test prep companies pay those engines to put their material first. For example, although Barron’s test prep is a good company to use, they are always going to appear first on search results because they bid the most to be put up first.
Most importantly, don’t forget to let your books accompany you all throughout your course so you don’t procrastinate.
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Best Places to Study Before a Test
Albert.io Practice Problems: Although you might need to buy a full access subscription to this site, even the preview problems (there are a lot of them) are very effective in testing out individual concepts needed for preparation on the exam. This is ideal practice for MC problems
College Board FRQs: [FRQ practice] These FRQs are from former exams. They are top quality material to use for studying because their format and style will match that of the AP Exam.
Great Practice MC and FRQs: This website complies a great list of online MC and downloadable FRQs by chapter that can be ideal to use before every test. Stop reading the textbook and complete some of these practice problems. Even if you get them wrong you will learn so much more in so much less time.
Quizlet Index Cards: This set of Study cards focuses less on memorization and more on conceptual understanding which is the most important thing to review for the AP Exam.
Best AP Exam Practice Tests
College Board FRQs: These FRQs are from former exams. They are top quality material to use for studying because their format and style will match that of the AP Exam.
Varsity Tutors MC Practice: These MC questions are very comprehensive and match a lot of those used on former exams. They also test both concepts and facts.
Best Study Guides
Cumulative Study Notes: This set of notes contains all the necessary information to easily access before taking the AP Exam. If you still don’t get the information, try some of the videos or seek help from a teacher.
Best Video Series (Use if you ever get stuck on a concept)
Philip B. Stark Videos: This website is very easy to browse and contains very useful videos on all the topics covered in the exam. It also includes explanations by both chapter and topic.
More Study Material
40 Multiple-Choice Questions (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
5 Free-Response Questions (1 Hour 30 Minutes)