As I often do, I just wanted to preface this by saying that if a thread like mine already exists, please link it for me.
I’m a junior and my school doesn’t offer an AP Lang course but they do offer the test in May. I think at least 5 people take it each year, but I can’t be sure. Regardless, my teachers have said that the students who take it at my school usually do well (4’s and 5’s) and are strong English students. And I’ve done very well in all my English classes before so I think I have what it takes to do well on the test. But I still think I’ll need to do some degree of self-studying to prepare myself.
So my questions are, what do I do and when do I start. None of my teachers have taught an AP English class in years, so they couldn’t offer me much advice on preparing for the exam. How should I go about studying for it? I’m getting a prep book, but how do I use it? Should self-studying for this test be a consistent thing, even if I’m taking my actual English class? Or is it ok if I maybe look at the book sometimes but save the real intense studying for February, April, and March? (The latter would be ideal for me just because I don’t want to have to consistently carve out time to read a textbook, but if consistent study is recommended, then I’ll make it work.)
Aside from those questions, are there any other tips I should know for the exam and self-studying? What will be the hardest part of this process? What will the be hardest/least familiar content I learn? Hardest parts of the exam itself? Valuable resources, perhaps online?