AP Test Prep
Teaching to the Test
If the teacher only covers the first half of the biology textbook, you have to learn the other half. To make matters more challenging, some high school teachers have disdain for the normal textbook. They teach their own way using their own handouts. For good or bad, they progress through the material their own way but unfortunately, this style of teaching may not come close to what the AP is testing. Does that keep you from doing well on the exam? If you’re not going to study on your own, then yes.
Additional Study Time
If you’re willing to study on your own time using an AP prep guide or work with a tutor, you can do well on the AP test without an AP-oriented teacher. Students don’t need to be enrolled in a class labeled “advanced placement” or an honors course to do really well on the AP test. Simply learn the material!
When to Start Prep
Our target for students to begin AP study is March. This allows for two months of review and additional preparation. Beginning in March, use your time to go over concepts covered in the classroom, then tackle what hasn’t been addressed. Come test day, you may be asked something the teacher didn’t have a chance to cover. If you’re prepared for these problems, putting in that extra study time will be worth it.