Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Our Exams Are Over!

Our last AP exam was on May 7th, so now the hardest part of our year is over! Personally, the exams were more difficult in terms of time over content. This is the first year the AP Physics B exam was split into two exams, so we didn't know exactly what to expect. On the other hand, the exams were fair. Here are the main three tips I have for future AP exam-takers:

1. Be prepared: Start studying well in advanced. Plan out a schedule, and start doing the practice exams from a review guide at least a month prior to the exam. Studying over a long period of time is often more effective than cramming on the weekend before the exam.

2. Learn test-taking strategies: To write the exam effectively, you not only have to understand the material in depth, but also how the exam is formatted. You should also take plenty of timed practice exams, because time is a key factor for these exams. Finally, you should make sure you answer all of the multiple choice questions, even if you have to guess. There is no penalty for wrong answers! Read the first few pages of a study review guide, because they have important information regarding test-taking strategies.

3. Don't stress: Being prepared can help you feel less stressed. Further, make sure you sleep and eat well the day before the exam. Learn how to stay calm so you can concentrate and perform to the best of your abilities.

We are spending the next month or so wrapping up loose ends before the year is over, going on a few field trips, and working on our final Capstone project.

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