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What to Know About Self-Studying for AP Exams

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"ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF The College Board’s Advanced Placement program is that it allows high school students to sit for end-of-year AP exams and potentially earn college credits without taking an AP course. As a result, some students choose to self-study for AP tests.

This is an ideal option for home-schooled students, as well as students whose high schools offer a limited number of AP courses or none at all.

Usually, it is best to self-study for just one or two AP exams at a time, though this depends on your overall class schedule. Ask yourself, “How many intensive academic projects are already on my plate and how many more can I truly handle?” Self-studying at the same time for, say, five AP tests is never wise.

With all the academic, athletic, extracurricular and personal commitments that arise during the school year, it can be easy to neglect your AP studies when fall arrives. If you find yourself reading this article in winter or spring and your goal is to earn a 4 or 5 – the top two scores – through self-study on one or more AP exams, self-discipline will be paramount.

With just three months remaining until AP exam season, time is of the essence. Keep the following four strategies in mind so you can maximize your time and excel on your AP tests." ...

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