WHAT TO KNOW

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Strong AP scores not only tell colleges that you truly learned the material in your respective advanced classes, but they also can count for course credit once you get to college.

Walking into freshman year with course credit gives you the opportunity to do one, if not all, of the following:

  • Focus on the classes you WANT to take
  • Take a lighter courseload during challenging quarters/semesters
  • Double major or add a minor (since you now have more room in your schedule)
  • Graduate early!

High scores on AP exams prove to colleges that you are prepared to pursue particular subjects on the college level. This is your chance to show admissions officers where your strengths lie and to convince them that you can thrive in their school’s advanced courses, so be sure to take tests in your areas of academic interest (for instance, if you intend to apply as a Physics major, you’ll want to do extremely well on the AP Physics exam). Strong AP scores also reinforce strong grades or can make admissions officers more forgiving of weaker grades; for instance, getting a B in a class but scoring well on the AP exam shows that you understand the material but perhaps had a tough teacher.

NOTE: You are under no obligation to report your AP scores on your college applications, but it does look a bit suspicious if you don’t. If you take an AP class but do not report a score, there’s always a chance they’ll believe you were sick the one day of the year that the exam was offered — but there’s an even greater chance they’ll assume you simply did poorly.

2021 AP Exam Schedule – Administration 1
Week 1: Paper, In School 8:00 a.m. Local Time 12:00 p.m. Local Time 2:00 p.m. Local Time
Monday, May 3, 2021

U.S. Government & Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

German Language & Culture

Human Geography

 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

English Literature & Composition

Japanese Language & Culture (computer based)

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

 
Thursday, May 6, 2021

U.S. History

Art History

Computer Science A

 
Friday, May 7, 2021

Chemistry

Spanish Literature & Culture

European History

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

 
Week 2: Paper, In School 8:00 a.m. Local Time 12:00 p.m. Local Time
Monday, May 10, 2021

French Language & Culture

World History: Modern 

Macroeconomics

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Seminar

Spanish Language & Culture

Latin

Psychology

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 English Language & Composition

Microeconomics

Music Theory

Thursday, May 13, 2021*

NO EXAMS SCHEDULED

 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Biology

Italian Language & Culture

Chinese Language & Culture
(computer based)

Environmental Science

Monday, May 17, 2021*

Comparative Government & Politics

Computer Science Principles

Statistics

*Exams previously scheduled for Thursday, May 13, will now be given on Monday, May 17.

 

2021 AP Exam Schedule – Administration 2
Week 1: Digital, In School &
At Home
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

English Literature & Composition

Computer Science A

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

European History

U.S. History

Art History

Macroeconomics

Thursday, May 20, 2021*

U.S. Government & Politics

World History: Modern

Psychology

Week 1: Paper, In School 8:00 a.m. Local Time 12:00 p.m. Local Time
Friday, May 21, 2021

Italian Language & Culture

Japanese Language & Culture
(computer based)

Latin

Spanish Language & Culture

Chinese Language & Culture
(computer based)

French Language & Culture

German Language & Culture

Music Theory

Spanish Literature & Culture

Week 2: Paper, In School 8:00 a.m. Local Time 12:00 p.m. Local Time
Monday, May 24, 2021

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Physics C: Mechanics

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Chemistry

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Statistics

Week 2: Digital, In School &
At Home
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 English Language & Composition

Computer Science Principles

Seminar

Thursday, May 27, 2021 Biology 

Environmental Science

Friday, May 28, 2021

Comparative Government & Politics

Human Geography

Microeconomics

*AP Art & Design Digital Portfolio, AP Capstone Digital Portfolio, and AP Computer Science Principles Digital Portfolio due Thursday, May 20, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

 

2021 AP Exam Schedule – Administration 3
Week 1: Digital, In School &
At Home
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

English Literature & Composition

Computer Science A

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

European History

U.S. History

Art History

Macroeconomics

Thursday, June 3, 2021

U.S. Government & Politics

World History: Modern

Psychology

Week 1: Paper, In School 8:00 a.m. Local Time 12:00 p.m. Local Time
Friday, June 4, 2021

Italian Language & Culture

Japanese Language & Culture
(computer based)

Latin

Spanish Language & Culture 

Chinese Language & Culture
(computer based)

French Language & Culture

German Language & Culture

Music Theory

Spanish Literature & Culture

Week 2: Digital, In School &
At Home
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
Monday, June 7, 2021

English Language & Composition

Computer Science Principles

Seminar

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Comparative Government & Politics

Human Geography

Microeconomics

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Physics C: Mechanics

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Chemistry

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Statistics

Friday, June 11, 2021 Biology

Environmental Science

 

ABOUT THE TESTS

AP exams are offered in thirty-four different high school subjects, and each exam is 2- to 3-hours long:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language & Culture
  • Computer Science A
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • U.S. Government & Politics
  • Human Geography
  • Italian Language & Culture
  • Japanese Language & Culture
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. History
  • World History

While you typically need to have taken the related course in order to do well on an AP exam, you are not required to have done so.

Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and NO points are awarded for unanswered questions, so it is always better to guess than to leave a question blank.

Scores range from 1-5, with a 3 or higher representing a “pass.” Many colleges, though, require a 4 or a 5 for students to receive course credit and test out of introductory classes in particular subjects. This varies by school, so you’ll need to check with each college individually.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND

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You should be taking fairly regular practice exams in your AP class, which will give you a solid understanding of your preparedness (or lack thereof). When gauging how well you are doing, consider the weight of each section of the test; for instance, in US History, the DBQs carries a lot more weight than the multiple choice Education and Common Core questions, and yet many teachers focus their practice tests on multiple choice questions because they are easier to grade. Know how to address the free response portions of your exams, as they are by far the most important.

Depending on your needs, our tutors can supplement any gaps in material that exist or simply cover strategy, pacing, etc — either in one-on-one sessions or in a small group with your friends/siblings (learn more about private vs group tutoring). How much time we spend and how in depth we go is entirely dependent on how you’re currently scoring, how you hope to score, and how much energy you want to invest in improving.

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