Study Strategies

Here I have documented my methods for studying for AP Biology and AP World History tests. Also, be sure to check out how to get your AP scores early!

AP Biology

Below are the methods I use to study for AP Biology tests. The left explains what I do prepare for tests. The right explains what I do in and outside of class on a daily basis. Note that they are my methods, so they may work well for you, or they may not work at all.

Prepare for tests

This process begins 2-3 days before the scheduled test. The methods are listed in chronological order

  1. read over my notes/look through the textbook
  2. create and read over my study guide
  3. read through my review book (I have the CliffsNotes AP Biology review book)
  4. if I have time (or if there's something I still don't understand), I then look at CrashCourse Biology videos
  5. and before the class begins, I look over my study guide whenever I have the chance

Normal classes

  • read and take notes at home on every assigned section
  • complete the practice quiz for the reading
  • complete the glossary
  • submit 20-30 points worth of work each day (if I have not completed that much, I will do the rest at home)
  • complete 2-3 labs for each unit

AP World History

Below are the methods I use to study for AP World History tests. The left explains what I do prepare for tests. The right explains what I do in and outside of class on a daily basis. Note that they are my methods, so they may work well for you, or they may not work at all.

Prepare for tests

This process begins 2-3 days before the scheduled test. The methods are listed in chronological order

  1. watch CrashCourse World History videos (they give a good overview of the material)
  2. watch GetAFive.com World History videos (they go more in depth for some things)
  3. read over all of my notes from that section
  4. create and read over my study guide
  5. read through my review book (I have the Princeton Review AP World History review book)
  6. and before the class begins, I look over my study guide whenever I have the chance

Normal classes

  • during PowerPoints, I take notes whenever something strikes me as important
  • when reviewing notes in class, I add anything I missed
  • Here is how I take notes on the readings:
    • I usually take one page of notes front and back for every 8-10 pages of reading assigned
    • I read a page every 4-6 minutes
    • I answer all of the questions at the end of my notes and underline the vocabulary words and other important things

AP Scores Early

Follow the instructions below to get your AP scores sooner than their scheduled release date.

Option 1: Whoer

Update: It seems that Whoer is not working consistently anymore. I would recommend using Option 2 (see right) because it is still working.

  1. open whoer.net/webproxy in your browser
  2. change the selected server from random server to USA, Los Angeles
  3. click the green Go! button
  4. type AP Scores in the Google search box and click the first result
  5. click the view scores button, sign into your College Board account, cross your fingers, and your scores will come up!

Option 2: Puffin Browser

*Note: This only works on iOS and Android devices

  1. download and install Puffin Browser (if you click that link, it'll bring up the app in your app store)
  2. navigate to Google.com and search AP Scores; click on the first result
  3. click the view scores button, sign into your College Board account, cross your fingers, and your scores will come up!

Also, here is the 2016 AP Score Distribution. It tells the percentage of all test takers that received certain scores on each exam.