A Beginner’s Guide to Studying for AP Tests

By Elena

As AP testing season nears, we want to focus on posting guides to help you with studying for these tests, as well as helping you with some of the studying. Today, we’re going to go over some basic tips for studying and scheduling time to study. If you are looking for some study guides for some of your tests, we will be posting a few on our patreon, so sign up now to let us know which ones you would like us to complete first!

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One of the hardest parts of studying is finding the time to study. If you can, try setting aside a few hours every week where you can be distraction free. Sometimes, planning out time to go somewhere you can focus (be sure that wherever you go, you can be covid-conscious!) or somewhere you know you will be able to study.

If you cannot find time to specifically study, you can either make some sort of study guide, or use one that you find online (or one of ours!). You should use this whenever you have the odd minute or so to do a little bit of review.

AP tests are important. You need to make sure you aren’t neglecting studying for them, even though it is grueling. Schedule time. Make it a priority. Make sure you study.

Know your weaknesses

You have to know what you struggle with the most. This means taking practice tests, and spending time understanding why you got certain questions wrong. 

Do not spend all of  your time  working on what you know. AP tests cover a lot of information, so as soon as you know you understand something, move onto the next thing. For most tests, you probably won’t be able to learn everything, but that’s by design. You just need to know as much as you can, which means you have to have a basic understanding of most of the information, not a complete one.

Because of this, you have to especially focus on your weaknesses when you study. Reviewing what you already know or at least have a good understanding of becomes pointless when there’s so much to cover. If you already know most of the information, going back over and reviewing is what you should do, but if you are struggling, master your weaknesses first.

Use your resources

Especially this year, there are tons and tons of resources online. College Board has been daily uploading, YouTube is filled with videos. We are putting together some resources for you to use as well. Use it!

These resources are designed for you to use them. Plenty of them are made by people who know what they are talking about, and know how to prepare people for AP tests. This information is going to help you know how to study and is going to help you massively.

However, you have to remember that these resources are tools for you to use. Learn how to make the most of the resources, but do not assume that just because you look at the resources that you are all set. It takes a little bit more than that.


Thank you so much for reading the first post of our 2021 AP Test Prep series! We will be posting this series all through April and May, so let us know what you want us to write about. If you have any tips, please leave them down in the comments. If you found this post useful, make sure to leave a like. Don’t forget to follow our blog if you like our content, and subscribe to our rss feed to get notified every time we post. For more content from us, check out our social media linked down below! 

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