Passing the Class

AP teachers share past experiences with the different tests and studying for the tests.

Are you prepared for AP tests? It’s that time of year again! AP testing is just around the corner. AP teacher’s Mrs. Pfaffenberger, Psychology, and Mr. Russel, APUSH, share information about their classes and how to prepare for the AP tests.

“We do four weeks of practice up until the time the AP test is. Everyday for four weeks in class, we practice. We have 20 days of practice because we finish all of our curriculum about one month before the test, so we do 20 days of practice. Monday through Friday,  Monday through Friday, Monday through Friday, Monday through Friday. And the if you want to come in during your resource, I have special packets made up for the 14 units and we can look at where you’re strong and where you’re weak, and you can study what you want to in those 14 packets.  You can come in for your resource, so that’s another 20 times and you can come in 20 times after school and I’ll give you these treats and stuff too, if you come in. But there’s 60 practice sessions. You can come after school, and i’ll give you a bunch of extra credit points if you do.” Pfaffenberger said.

Different classes recommend different outlets of studying to use.

“I post a lot of different resources, so that kids will have access to it. There’s not one resource that I give, there’s a whole bunch. I just ask that they use the one that they find the most helpful.” Russell said.

AP tests for English and Science are paid for by the state while other tests including AP Psychology and APUSH are not. The cost per test is $94.

“I think the key is you just have to commit to studying because you can learn something one time through, but the second time, you learn it and go over it, that’s when you master it.” Pfaffenberger said.

Everyone has different advantages and disadvantages in study patterns.

“Don’t procrastinate, these are essentially college classes. They are getting college credit for this, so they have to have certain level of rigor in order to be prepared for the exam. They are not just learning content, they are learning study skills, they are learning time management, and the students that stay on top of things do much, much better than the ones that tend to procrastinate and put it off to the last minute and wait really long. It’s not that those kids can’t do well, but they wind up being incredibly stressed. My class is designed to be a relatively level workload, so you don’t have to have those peaks in stress level.” Russell said.

All AP tests are either in the morning or afternoon for the different classes.

“They have to keep a binder all year and different things per unit to study, so you have them right there. It’s not the first time you’ve seen it. I have some different little summary

packets that you can read and have practice tests, but we do a lot of practice tests and I have a special kind of notes called Table Notes, that are about four pages that condense the whole unit.” Pfaffenberger said.

Teachers are willing to help you study and prepare for the AP tests.

“They’re going to do a lot of practice tests. We usually do one practice test for each era that’s covered on the exam and so they are getting practice two weeks prior to the exam, but really everything that we do, in the class, is designed with the exam in kind. All of there tests and quizzes are designed very similarly to the exam that they’ll take. The essays even their pactet work, it’s all designed that if they do it the way they are supposed to then they are all through the year preparing and building the skills that they need to be able to do well on the test.” Russell said.

There are many different ways you can affect your grade during the school year.

“The key is if you don’t study, you can’t do well. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you don’t study it, you can’t do well. If you put the effort out you’ll do okay.” Pfaffenberger said.

One AP test can have up to six college credits while other only have one. The amount of college credit depends on the class taken.

“Everybody can learn how to take a college credit class, and be successful, if they want to in college, and this class will help you be successful in college. You’ll learn a lot of psychology, but you’ll learn to be successful in college. And I think everybody, if you put the effort into it everybody can be successful.” Pfaffenberger said.

College credit is available for all students taking as AP class.

“My class is one of two classes, that I’m aware of, that get six college credits. It counts as two college classes, History 101 and History 102, usually both of which are required in college, so you could be knocking out two semester long classes.” Russell said.

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