Helpful Tips to Prepare for College Board’s AP Exams [ AP Updates ]


Many students in India who take AP Exams are self-study students, i.e. they aren’t studying the related AP course in school, but still want to take an AP Exam and benefit from it. Taking an AP Exam after self-study requires discipline, self-motivation and drive to work hard. Along with those, you need access to high quality resources that can help in exam preparation. In this article, I’ve mentioned a few valuable tips and resources that can help students prepare for AP Exams.

Students should first understand the scope and depth of their chosen AP Exam by reviewing the Course Description and Course Overview available at AP Official Website. For each AP Exam, students can find several practice questions in the Course Description document. They can also understand how much weightage is given to different topics within the exam.

One of the best ways to prepare on your own for an AP Exam, would be to get hold of one of the many example textbooks listed on the College Board website, for your chosen Subject. To access this list, log on to Course Audit and click on the subject of your choice. Under ‘Preparing Your Syllabus’ find a list of textbooks recommended for AP Courses. You can then borrow one of these books from your local library to help you with your preparation, or purchase it from an online or offline bookstore.

Students in India can also contact USIEF (United States-India Educational Foundation) for guidance on how to prepare for AP, and to enquire about usage of the AP Resource Library across their centers in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Many students in India also purchase AP preparatory textbooks from online retailers such as Flipkart or Amazon. These books are published by a variety of known publishers such as McGraw Hill, Barron’s, Princeton Review etc. and could also be found at leading bookstores across the country.

Lastly, AP practice questions and resources can also be found on world-famous MOOC’s (massive open online courses).

AP Exams are challenging, and the rigour is university level. Students should work hard and prepare well in order to do well on AP Exams. They should get a clear understanding of what the exam format and duration is, become familiar with the question style, practice, and be thorough with the content required to do well.

About the Author: Lisa Jain is the Country Representative of The College Board in India. In her role, she works extensively with schools across India to help with the implementation of College Board programs. She also interacts directly with students and parents, educating them about how College Board’s programs and resources (such as SAT, AP, PSAT or Big Future) help in the college application and admission process. Lisa was previously the Head of Marketing at an international school in Kolkata and has worked in the Equities division at UBS Investment Bank in London for two years.

- Published on: April 10, 2015