AP stands for “Advanced Placement.” These are three-hour tests offered to high school students each May by The College Board. Students may choose the subjects they take and high schools may exempt students from taking additional classes when they take these exams. AP also stands for “AP Courses.” These are in-school classes schools offered to guide students toward success on their AP Exams.
Teachers follow a curriculum that is designed for success on the May test. At many schools, the AP course demands more study hours than others. This is typically a student’s first introduction into a college level class. If the student scores high enough on the exam and has a high enough GPA in the class, most colleges will allow the courses taken in high school to be used towards college credits.
We make sure that your child has a solid foundation and that we address their weaknesses while also preparing them for the end of year exam.
Students meet weekly with their tutors. Outside of class, tutors can monitor students’ progress on a daily basis.
Practice questions are assigned every week, but tutors can provide immediate feedback. If a student gets ahead, more practice can be given without having to wait for the next weekly meeting.
Tutoring runs for a few months, depending on your schedule. It can usually be shortened or extended if needed.
We will ensure that your child gets the individual attention they deserve, which will help them concentrate on the parts of the test they really need to work on. We’ve found that many test prep curricula have students study for the AP exam simply by doing set after set of practice problems. It’s like trying to learn an instrument just by playing songs rather than practicing scales or chords. You aren’t truly mastering the fundamentals.
When a slightly altered version of a practice problem comes up on the test, it can totally throw the student off. We have students take a few practice exams to find out what their weak areas are. Once those have been identified, the focus is to take a step back and actually dive deeper into the concepts that need work.
Students take a full exam so they get a feel for the pacing of the test which will help make sure your student doesn’t burn out early.
We keep strict timing on each section. Even an extra minute can artificially increase your child’s score. You also aren’t allowed to skip to the next section, or return to a previous one even if you finish early.
Students use only the allowed materials. Only use a calculator when permitted and make sure phones, computers or other distractions aren’t around.
Students take only official breaks.The AP exam is a marathon with only a few breaks built in. Your student should get used to staying focused during long sessions.
Students take it at the same time of day that the AP exam is given. Often exams are scheduled early in the morning.