Preparing for AP tests


High school kids are getting more and more pressure to take college credit courses. However, these college courses usually require an AP test to be taken at the end of the year. The scoring is a 1 through 5 scoring system. The goal is to score at least a 3 to be accepted by colleges. Some colleges require students to have scored a 4 or 5 to accept it for credit. A lot of preparation must take place for these students before they are ready to take the test.

Since the teacher does not know exactly what will be on the test, they try to teach useful skills that will help the students on the test. In AP English we have tackled poetry, literature terms, and read books of literary merit. Mrs. Arps has also helped us by printing off old AP tests that we can take to practice. Taking these old AP tests helps us to know what to expect on the real test. We have also been reading books such as Hamlet and The Great Gatsby that will be useful when writing the essays on the AP test.

However, the teacher can only do so much. The students must do their part and try to learn the material on their own. AP English requires in-depth thinking. Students must take their time on practice worksheets and interpret the passages thoroughly. It is also important for students to learn the literary terms that can show up in multiple choice questions and be used in essays. Meikayla Lehmann, pictured above, says that learning the literary terms has helped her do better on practice AP tests and worksheets.

By: Libby Quintero

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