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Surviving the Stress of AP Tests

Your survival kit for getting ready for the stressful AP exam season.

With the upcoming AP tests it is important to lock in, but how do you do that? Many will resort to cramming with their studying, but there are many ways to utilize the little time students have left. 

Mr. Oz with the AP Psych textbook encouraging students to study for the exam next week!

Most teachers will recommend completing practice tests as the best way to prepare. Most AP teachers have posted

review materials on their Google Classrooms, been hosting practice times during Muskie Time, or even allowing for students to come in for weekend sessions as extra help. 

These are very beneficial ways to study, but working with peers is a great way to work as well. Places like the local library and quiet coffee shops are perfect places to do this. Just make sure to not get distracted so you can get the most out of the time you have. Instead, encourage each other to keep studying even when you aren’t so hopeful about your progress. 

As big of a deal as the AP tests are, it is important to remember that they do not impact your overall grade of the class. They can only add to your amount of college credit, not take away from your GPA. 


To put things into perspective, in some contexts with the breakdown of how the overall score is calculated, getting a raw 50% on an AP exam translates to a 3 which is considered a passing score that grants students college credit. Even with this information, keep your goals high. Instead, use this as a relief from the stress and expectations you may have had prior to reading this.

For many students, the stress of doing well on these exams can be detrimental. So, remember to simply do your best and take time for yourself throughout all of your studying for a moment to breathe. 

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