AP tests and how to prepare

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It’s April and with that comes field trips, events and most importantly testing. With the SATs over with, it’s time to think about the AP tests that are just around the corner.

Advanced Placement tests are what determine how many hours of a college level class you could possibly get credit for. This means if you get a good score on these tests, you might not have to take a class involving that topic during university. Meaning that they can be pretty important to some students.

Many students find their own way to prepare for their respective AP tests, such as flash cards or just digging into their books. DGS junior Zachary Krauter prefers to use *layman’s description of what he uses*.

“[I’m] doing practice tests, writing papers so I can practice for our different sections on the writing test. For comp sci I’m practicing on my own with a website my teacher gave me so I can build up my skills for the AP Test,” Krauter said.

Some students find it easier to study alone, as it allows you to focus. Other students find it better to study with more people, so others can catch possible mistakes. Junior Mireille Saeed prefers to study in a group.

“I meet up with a few friends to just review the things I wasn’t sure about, or find mistakes I might have made,” Saeed said.

So either way someone could choose to study has advantages. Teachers don’t leave the study process completely up to the students. DGS Social Studies teacher Bryan Szweda helped design reviews for his students.

“We have put together a large number of resources with a reading specialist to help our students actively review instead of just regurgitation,” Sweda said.

With AP tests starting in May, no matter what method you choose, it might be good to start studying soon.