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The best way to gain a head start in college is by earning Advanced Placement (AP) credits while you are still in high school. However, doing well on the rigorous AP exams takes lots of focus and excellent preparation.

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About the AP Exams

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High school students across the country and around the world take AP courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. The extra effort you put into an AP course is definitely worth it. Consider these benefits:

i. AP courses offer the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level. This better prepares you for college work.

ii. If you receive a high enough score on an AP Exam, you may be eligible for credit, advanced placement or both at most colleges in the United States.

iii. The AP Program offers a number of AP Scholar Awards to students for outstanding performance on AP Exams. If you qualify, colleges will recognize this achievement.

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  4. AP Exams Overview
    1. AP Calculus AB Exam
    2. AP Calculus BC Exam
    3. AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Exam
    4. AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based Exam
    5. AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam
    6. AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism Exam
    7. AP Chemistry Exam

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Dr. Donnelly can show you how to greatly improve your scores on any of the AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chemistry tests. Click on the following links to learn more about each test: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, and Chemistry.

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AP Calculus AB Test

AP Calculus AB Test

The AP Calculus AB Test is an Advanced Placement calculus course and consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. Both the AP Calculus AB Test and the AP Calculus BC Test have the same format. Each test is three hours and fifteen minutes long, comprising a total of 45 multiple choice questions and six free response questions. There are four parts:

Part A lasts 60 minutes and contains 30 multiple choice questions. Calculators are NOT permitted for this part of the test. Part B lasts 45 minutes and contains 15 multiple choice questions (calculators allowed). Part C lasts 30 minutes and contains 2 free response questions (calculators allowed). Part D last 60 minutes and contains 4 free response questions (calculators NOT permitted).

There are eight main topics tested on the AP Calculus AB exam:

Unit 1: Limits and Continuity (10%–12%),

Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties, (10%–12%),

Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions, (9%–13%),

Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation, (10%–15%),

Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation, (15%–18%),

Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change, (17%–20%),

Unit 7: Differential Equations, (6%–12%), and

Unit 8: Applications of Integration (10%–15%).

AP Calculus BC Test

AP Calculus BC Test

The AP Calculus BC Test is an Advanced Placement calculus course and consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. Both the AP Calculus BC Test and the AP Calculus AB Test have the same format. Each test is three hours and fifteen minutes long, comprising a total of 45 multiple choice questions and six free response questions. There are four parts:

Part A lasts 60 minutes and contains 30 multiple choice questions. Calculators are NOT permitted for this part of the test. Part B lasts 45 minutes and contains 15 multiple choice questions (calculators allowed). Part C lasts 30 minutes and contains 2 free response questions (calculators allowed). Part D last 60 minutes and contains 4 free response questions (calculators NOT permitted).

AP Calculus BC includes all of the topics covered in AP Calculus AB, as well as the following:

i. Convergence tests for series,

ii. Taylor series,

iii. The use of parametric equations,

iv. Polar functions,

v. Calculating curve length in parametric and function equations, integration by parts, Improper integrals,

vi. Differential equations for logistic growth,

vii. Using partial fractions to integrate rational functions.

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Test

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Test

The AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Test measures your understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for basic Physics. You will be permitted to use a graphing calculator on all sections of the AP Physics 1 exam. You will also be supplied with a table of equations commonly used in physics. The exam is three hours long and contains 55 questions divided into two sections: a Multiple-Choice section and a Free-Response section.

The Multiple-Choice section last 90 minutes and contains 45 single-select questions each followed by four possible responses, only one of which is correct. There are also 5 multi-select questions which require two of the listed answer choices to be selected to answer the question correctly.

The Free-Response section last 90 minutes consists of five multi-part questions, which require you to write out your solutions, showing your work. There will be one experimental design questions, one qualitative/quantitative translation question, and three short answer questions (requiring a paragraph-length argument).

You should be familiar with the following topics:

i. Kinematics

ii. Dynamics: Newton’s laws

iii. Circular motion and universal law of gravitation

iv. Simple harmonic motion: simple pendulum and mass-spring systems

v. Impulse, linear momentum, and conservation of linear momentum: collisions

vi. Work, energy, and conservation of energy

vii. Rotational motion: torque, rotational kinematics and energy, rotational dynamics, and conservation of angular momentum

viii. Electrostatics: electric charge and electric force

ix. DC circuits: resistors only

x. Mechanical waves and sound.

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based Test

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based Test

The AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based Test measures your understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for basic Physics. You will be permitted to use a graphing calculator on all sections of the AP Physics 2 exam. You will also be supplied with a table of equations commonly used in physics. The exam is three hours long and contains 55 questions divided into two sections: a Multiple-Choice section and a Free-Response section.

The Multiple-Choice section last 90 minutes and contains 45 single-select questions each followed by four possible responses, only one of which is correct. There are also 5 multi-select questions which require two of the listed answer choices to be selected to answer the question correctly.

The Free-Response section last 90 minutes consists of four multi-part questions, which require you to write out your solutions, showing your work. There will be one experimental design questions, one qualitative/quantitative translation question, and two short answer questions (requiring a paragraph-length argument).

You should be familiar with the following topics:

i. Kinematics

ii. Dynamics: Newton’s laws

iii. Circular motion and universal law of gravitation

iv. Simple harmonic motion: simple pendulum and mass-spring systems

v. Impulse, linear momentum, and conservation of linear momentum: collisions

vi. Work, energy, and conservation of energy

vii. Rotational motion: torque, rotational kinematics and energy, rotational dynamics, and conservation of angular momentum

viii. Electrostatics: electric charge and electric force

ix. DC circuits: resistors only

x. Mechanical waves and sound.

AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnestism Test

AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnestism Test

The AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnestism Test (often referred to as AP Physics C: E&M, or simply E&M) is an Advanced Placement science course about electricity and magnetism. It is one of the four AP Physics courses offered in some U.S. secondary schools. This course may be combined with AP Physics C: Mechanics to make a unified Physics C course that prepares for both exams.

The AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnestism lasts 90 minutes and is configured in two categories: a 35-question multiple choice section and a 3-question free response section. Use of an approved calculator is permitted during the entire exam. Each section is worth 50% of the final score. Calculus should be used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. Therefore, students should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a calculus class.

The topics covered by the exam are as follows:

i. Electrostatics (30%),

ii. Conductors, insulators, capacitors, dielectrics (14%),

iii. Electric Circuits (20%),

iv. Electromagnetism (16%),

v. Magnetic Fields (20%).

AP Physics C: Mechanics Test

AP Physics C: Mechanics Tes

The AP Physics C: Mechanics Test (often referred to as AP C Mechanics, AP Mechanics, or simply AP Physics C) is an Advanced Placement science course that studies Newtonian mechanics. This course may be combined with AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism to make a unified Physics C course that prepares for both exams.

The AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam lasts 90 minutes and is configured in two categories: a 35-question multiple choice section and a 3-question free response section. Use of an approved calculator is permitted during the entire exam. Each section is worth 50% of the final score. Calculus should be used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. Therefore, students should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a calculus class.

The topics covered by the exam are as follows:

i. Kinematics (18%),

ii. Newton's Laws of Motion (20%),

iii. Work, Energy, and Power (14%),

iv. Systems of Particles, Linear Momentum (12%),

v. Circular Motion and Rotation (18%),

vi. Oscillations and gravitation (18%).

AP Chemistry Test

AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnestism Test

The AP Chemistry Test measures your understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for basic Chemistry. The new exam has a focus on longer, more in depth, lab-based questions questions divided into two sections: a Multiple-Choice section and a Free-Response section. Tables containing commonly used equations and constants in chemistry and a periodic table of the elements are provided and can be used on both the multiple-choice and free-response questions.

The Multiple-Choice section last 90 minutes and contains 60 single-select questions each followed by four possible responses, only one of which is correct, in which students are provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions. You are not permitted to use a calculator during this section of the exam.

The Free-Response section last 105 minutes consists of 3 long free response questions, and 4 short free response questions. You are permitted to use a calculator during this section of the exam

The following topics are tested:

i. Structure and Matter, 20%

ii. States of Matter, 20%

iii. Reactions, 35–40%

iv. Descriptive Chemistry, 10–15%

v. Laboratory, 5–10%

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