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AP Exams 2014-05-16 오전 9:35:00

AP Exams

In the first and second week of May, students all over the world are busy with exams. Especially high school students who are aspiring to attend American and Korean colleges are busy. If you attend an American school, you will get a grasp of what I’m talking about. I’m talking about AP Exams, which ends tomorrow.

AP stands for Advance Placement. These exams are about college-freshman year level classes. There are many different subjects. If you are a science student, there are AP exams such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics B and C. Or, if you are a math student, there are exams such as Calculus AB and BC, Statistics for you. But what if you aren’t a math-related student at all? Don’t worry. There are subjects for you such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Comparative Government and Politics, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Italian. What if you are a music and art student? Again, don’t worry, as there are AP Art Portfolio 2-D and 3-D and AP Music Theory for you.

But, why take AP exams? The reason is simple. Some American colleges require certain subjects for admissions (Columbia University requires 2 exams out of AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry). Also, many colleges regard scores of 4 and 5 as mastery of the subject area, and will credit exam scores of 4 and 5. Thus, students who wish to graduate early from university take it. Some Korean universities accept AP scores. However, students should know that universities outside from the US, Korea, and China aren’t likely to accept AP scores.
How are AP exams graded? All AP exams are given one of the 5 scores: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. 5 are the highest score and 1 is the lowest score. The scoring guidelines for all exams are different, so students should be aware that a 5 in Microeconomics might not be a 5 in Macroeconomics. Students should check the exact Collegeboard guidelines for the AP exams.

There are many different ways to prepare for AP exams. The best and the simplest method is to take AP courses in your school. If you attend an American school or a foreign school, your school is likely to offer AP courses. Most schools often add extra points to your GPA if you take AP courses. Another way is to take online courses. This might sound hard and complex, but it is actually very simple. There are many Korean sites that offer online AP courses (Ingang in Korean), and one can easily learn from them and get 4s or 5s. However, you should keep in mind that these courses aren’t cheap. The hardest way is to self-study. Unfortunately, this is very hard for science subjects such as biology and chemistry. Also, one should keep in mind that in order to score well, cramming isn’t the best choice. Self-studying for AP courses often takes a lot of time-it often takes 2 or 3 month to get good scores. From these choices, I hope students who are looking at this article study well and get good results next year!

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