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Last Minute AP Exam Tips

With AP Exams starting today, hopefully everyone is getting ready with some last-minute cramming or essay help. After a long and crazy year, it all comes down to a three-hour exam at 8 am. With this in mind, here are some of the teachers’ last minute advice for taking the exam:

“Make sure you get good sleep, eat a good breakfast, don’t panic. You know kind of the standard.”

Dr. Hamilton also adds, “You should expect to see something you’ve never seen before. I don’t know what it’s going to be like this year. It could be weird. It could be easier.”

- Dr. Hamilton (AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Physics)

“Eat oatmeal with some berries and brown sugar in the morning because it fills you up and it's healthy. Brain food. You know more than you think you do. For some.”

- Ms. Smith (AP Literature & Composition)

“You will always do better than you think you will”

- Mr. Pogreba (AP US History)

Most of the juniors will be taking their first AP Exam. Not to stress the juniors out, but this year of exams hold some importance in terms of college applications. As many of them are figuring out their own study plans, some of them share their best method of studying:

“Every now and then you have to get up and jump around and shake around. You gotta drink water. If you combine the two hemispheres of your brain you can actually work better.”

- Everett Gordon (AP Language and AP US History)

“Don’t overthink like me and don’t cry.”

- Ela Kowardy (AP Language and AP US History)

After this first week of exams, the seniors will also be done with high school entirely. Though all of the seniors at Parker will be taking the full-length AP Exam for the first time, some of them offer their advice on how to please the College Board:

“Don’t sleep in. Maybe study if you need to.”

- Zoe Spikerman (AP Calculus AB, AP Literature & Composition, AP US History)

“If you’re reading this, it’s probably too late. Find as many free practice exams as possible. We’ve never taken a full AP exam before so don’t know if you should take any of this advice seriously because all we could know is I could get a 0.”

- Jamie Saito (AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, and AP Literature)

“Eat a good breakfast. Go to bed early. Just relax. It’s not the end of the world if you fail.”

- Rachel Pessah (AP Calculus AB and AP Literature)

“Remember HIA starts in HIA.”

- Eloise Robertson (AP Calculus BC, AP US History, AP Literature)

“Do good. Don’t fail. If you don’t know the answer, it’s probably C.”

- Graham Taylor (AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, and AP Chemistry)

Good luck this week!

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