Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses that you can take in high school. Successful completion of AP courses can help you earn college credit and high scores on AP exams can help you stand out from the crowd in college admissions.
+ What subjects are offered?
The AP Tests are offered in five areas: arts, English, history & social science, science, math & computers, and world language & culture.
There are two AP English test:
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
There are nine history & social science AP tests:
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- AP European History
- AP Human Geography
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Psychology
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP United States History
- AP World History
There are seven science AP tests:
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
- AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
There are five math & computer AP tests:
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Statistics
There are eight language & culture AP tests:
- AP Chinese Language and Culture
- AP French Language and Culture
- AP German Language and Culture
- AP Italian Language and Culture
- AP Japanese Language and Culture
- AP Latin
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- AP Spanish Literature and Culture
+ How long are the AP exams?
Most AP exams are between two to three hours long.
+ What kind of questions appear on AP exams?
The first part of most AP exams consist of multiple-choice questions. Your score is determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. There are no penalties for wrong answers.
The second part of most AP exams consist of short response and essay questions that you to compose responses of several sentences to a few short paragraphs, depending on the test.
Language and culture exams are computer based and require you to listen to CD-based audio.
AP Studio Art students are required to submit a portfolio of their work as part of the course’s final assessment.
+ What is the difference between an SAT Subject Test and an AP test?
SAT Subject Tests assess knowledge on the high school level while Advanced Placement (AP) tests for skills and knowledge on the college level. The topics covered on an SAT Subject Test will therefore vary from the AP Exam for the same subject. Generally speaking, Subject Tests focus more on a broad knowledge and applying basic concepts while AP Exams focus more in-depth on a narrower range of topics and emphasize application of fewer but more rigorous set of skills.
+ How can IvyPrep instructors prepare me for the AP?
AP exams are administered in May and most high school classes generally fall behind and do not finish the entire curriculum on time. To ensure a competitive score on the AP, it is imperative that you study in advance.
Our expert instructors, some with PhDs and others PhD candidates, write the practice books used in the classrooms. Up-to-date and consistent with the latest test specifications, our practice test books are designed for help students gain the skills and strategies needed to score above the 95th percentile. All of our instructors have degrees from Ivy League or top schools, and a minimum of 10 years’ teaching experience.
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