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AP Testing Tips

Margaret Moran
Practical Strategies, Inc.

While the content of the Advanced Placement* tests is very different, the basic format of the tests is very similar. Most questions are multiple choice, and some tests include free response essays. Some of the essays are based on documents or data, but most are not. Some math and science questions require that you show how you reached the answer, but most do not. If you concentrate on the similarities among the tests rather than the differences, you will see that there are some basic test-taking techniques that you can put to good use as you study for and take your AP* tests.