FlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 800 times:
I took US History last year and passed with the honors course (the AP kids failed hahahaha, I should have got the 6.0 though). I am taking both economics and US Govt next week also. Good luck tomorrow.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 791 times:
I took the AP Calculus AB exam in May 1992. Even though it's the "lower level" of the two exams, I received a 4 and was subsequently exempted from the University math requirement at University of Delaware.
From what I remember, it's very important to write out all of your calculations so the graders can see your entire solution process. That is, if you use the quadratic equation, for example, make sure you write out the starting equation with the variables, then write it again with the numbers, then show your calculations... And if you make a mistake, don't erase it! Cross it out with a diagonal line, then start over next to or below it, from before where you made your mistake, so the grader can see how you fixed it. Make sure you use arrows to show the flow of your work on the page, too. This was my most important tactic... I cannot remember if I actually finished every problem on the exam.
Also make sure any graphs or diagrams you draw are clearly marked and as proportional as possible.
Personally, I thought I was having enough difficulty with the class that I initially didn't sign up for the AP exam. But then I got some financial assistance with the exam fees, and decided, what the heck, I'll take it as if it's a freebie. So I took it, and got that 4... I had expected to do much better on the AP Spanish exam, and only got a 3!
Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 763 times:
I have the US history exam friday...not too worried about the DBQ , but the essays scare me a bit...Our school only offers US history and Biology..which is next year...blah...but lol...Our Ap teacher is a nazi...she has a 97% pass rate for her students on AP exams...
Mikeybien From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 749 times:
I took both the AP calc and physics exam in 1999. The thing I remember most was how poorly I thought I had done - and then finding out I ended up with a 4 in both. The tests are very hard, but it's very important to remember the grading scale is much more lenient than the average test - I seriously thought I had flunked both tests. Everybody else I talked to after the test also felt the same way after the test but ended up with decent scores. I guess the moral of the story is not to get discouraged if you don't understand or are not familiar with some of the questions - just try your best and write down all of your work just like Redngold said.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 740 times:
Interesting...I'm taking all of the AP tests without having taken an AP class in any of the subjects. Our school only offers APs in math and science. All other subjects have "advanced" courses, but they don't have the AP designation.
To be fair, I've taken Advanced PoliSci, Advanced English, and Spanish at a local university.
Neither of the tests I've taken so far have been unusually difficult, but wish me luck on the next two.
BWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 727 times:
In high school, I took four APs. (US History, Spanish, English lit, and, yes, calculus) About the calculus one, I felt the multiple choice was bad, but not that bad. The free response was extremely difficult though. Just don't lose your cool. You won't be able to answer every question. Just take it easy and play around with the problems. (You'd be amazed how well that works sometimes) Most of all, DON'T RUSH!!!! You don't need stupid mistakes on your test. I thought I did awful, but I ended up with a 4, so don't sweat the difficulty.
About the US History, you get choices on the essays, so I'm sure you'll get a question you like. As I remember (This exam was two years ago, so I might be mistaken) the worst part of the History exam was that my hand was falling asleep while writing the essays. (Just make sure you know the difference between World War ONE and World War TWO. )But, if your school is like mine, they'll give you the rest of the day off, so go out to a nice lunch, enjoy the afternoon, and remember that the exams in college are nowhere near as bad as the APs. Good luck to all of you in high school that have to take those tests from hell. Just remember that nobody knows all of the answers.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7673 posts, RR: 18 Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 717 times:
I took AP US History, AP Chem, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP US Gov't and AP Lit and Comp. Got a 5,2,3,5,3 on them respectively.
Out of all of them I'd say the US Gov't one was the easiest. In fact it was cake... I was done pretty quickly with it too. The US History one was not that bad, but then I am now a history major and was good and keeping all the info straight in my head. The AP Chem was AWFUL. I hated the class, I hated the hw, I hated everything. I earned that 3 in Physics though... I worked my ass for the C I got in the class too. I just didn't have the knack for the math or the paitence to do the HW. Which I why I dropped AP Calc AB in my second semester. And I didn't give a shit about my senior AP English class. Barely read half of the stuff... plus I hated my teacher, such a hard ass.
Now I know all of you taking these tests are asking if they are worth it. For me it wasn't. I only transfered 9 credits with me to university and that didn't really make much of a diff. But if you are going into a Math, Science, Engineering field it is totally worth it. But the biggest thing is the AP exams are not realistic when compared to what is expected of you in college. In the non-science fields you have to do a lot more than just remember rote facts, which in all honestly is all the AP asks. The exams in college are a different type of challenge. But then that is only my collective experience and those around me.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
KAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 685 times:
I took the English Lit. & Comp, US Gov't and Calculus back in 1994. The Calculus was the hardest of the bunch.
The multiple choice wasn't too bad, was able to get through that pretty well, but the free answer stuff kicked my butt. I spent almost the entire time trying to get through it but finally was at my wits end and turned it in. I got a 2 on it but it was defientely an off day. And to be honest, haven't used calculus since!
AP English and US Gov't went very well as that was more my area. Take your time though and really put together solid essays, I veen went so far as to make a short outline to know where I was going. Got a 3 on both, not too bad, felt I did better though.
Word of advice though...make sure the university you're going to will accept the tests for credit. Even though I got a 3's my school didn't accept them for credit. I ended up having to take the classes they were supposed to replace. It was a good experience though.
is that a light at the end of the tunnel or just a train?
Sjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 676 times:
Did I mention one of the free response questions on the statistics test was about airplane efficiency? haha it was a pretty basic question about a linear regression for number of seats in a plane versus the cost/hour to run it.
10000moh From United States of America, joined May 2001, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 671 times:
Don't sweat the AP's. You can't lose with them; you can only win or come out neutral. There's no such thing as a "passing" or a "failing" AP score, unless you're looking at it in terms of a certain college's minimum score for credit.
Just do your best, and maximize!
It's a good experience--albeit expensive--and a good mental exercise.