Looking for last minute AP test tips and strategies, this video may help ease some of your stress. AP tests are normally demanding and stressful enough, but with the COVID-19 crisis and the last-minute changes, the level of stress this year is at an all-time high. Below is the link to the video that outlines the last minute AP tips and strategies for a higher score.
For those looking for the shortened version, the top 3 tips are:
- Be “Game” Ready
- Time Management and Stress Control
- The Final Prep Phase – Maximizing Your Knowledge
Being game ready refers to the concept of getting up early, warming up, getting a good breakfast and having your test area ready to go. This is only a 45-minute exam and you do not have the luxury of warming up part way through the exam. You have to be ready, willing and able to tackle this test from the moment the timer goes off!
With most exams, there are different sections, different sorts of questions, and some “wiggle” room to move around inside the exam to find your best sections. This test is not like that and is really a sprint from start to finish. The only way to experience that situation it to put yourself through a full-length practice exam once or twice so you can learn to be uncomfortable. Getting through this bout of stress before your exam will put you more at ease when you get to the test.
The Final Prep Phase
The final prep phase is more about aligning the information you possess as opposed to trying to learn anything new. As nice of an idea that you can learn all of AP World History or AP Physics the night before, that information, if accessible at all, is really just memorized information and not something you understand well enough to apply.
During this last phase, the real goal should be organizing your notes, making simple reference outlines to key aspects, and having a simple strategy for how to best apply the information you truly understand.
While any important test can be stressful, the purpose of these three tips is to minimize the amount of unnecessary stress and allow you to reveal your true understanding of the material.
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