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AP Biology: Grid In Questions

Grid-in items appear in Part B of Section I after the multiple-choice questions. Six questions are presented that require you to apply your scientific thinking and mathematical skills to calculate a response. Then you “grid in” your responses in the grid provided on your answer sheet, which will resemble the one shown here. The next […]

Countdown to AP Biology Test Day

The schedule presented here is the ideal. Compress the schedule to fit your needs. Do keep in mind, though, that research in cognitive psychology has shown that the best way to acquire a great deal of information about a topic is to prepare over a long period of time. Because you may have several months […]

AP Biology: How to Approach Free-Response Questions

For Section II, the AP Biology free-response section, you’ll have 80 minutes (after the reading period) to answer six questions. You will likely spend more time on each of the two long free-response questions than on each of the four short-response questions. A fair balance is 22 minutes per long free-response question and 9 minutes […]

AP Biology: Reading Section Strategy

There is a 10-minute reading period sandwiched between the multiple-choice section and the free-response (essay) portion of the AP Biology exam. Notice that this is a “reading” period, not a “nap” period. Ten minutes isn’t much time, but it does give you an opportunity to read the essay questions. You can write notes in the […]

AP Biology Test Strategies

Even nonbiologists know that the world constantly changes. Fifteen years ago there weren’t many cell phones. There weren’t many standardized tests, either. Nowadays, you can’t go a semester of school without taking some letter-jumble exam like the PSAT, SAT, ACT, BLAM, ZORK, or FWOOSH (some of those tests are fake, some aren’t). And right after […]

AP U.S. History Document Based Question Example

The DBQ requires you to analyze the documents in addition to bringing outside information to bear on the question. This is a difficult task, and you have only 15 minutes to plan before you begin writing. Don’t panic! Use the same strategies given for the LEQ for document analysis. The more you practice using these […]

AP U.S. History Long Essay Example Essay

The second part of Section II of the AP exam contains three long essay questions—you must respond to one. The AP U.S. History long essay question assesses your ability to apply knowledge of history in a complex, analytical manner. In other words, you are expected to treat history and historical questions as a historian would. […]

What’s Tested on the GMAT: GMAT Format

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT), which is more than just a digital version of a written exam. A CAT adapts to your performance as you’re taking the test. When you begin each category, the computer assumes you have an average score and gives you a question of medium difficulty. As you answer […]

RN vs. PN: What Nursing Program Is Right for You?

Before you decided to study nursing, you might have thought that a nursing program was a nursing program, and that was all there was to it. Like most things in life, it’s not quite that simple. There are two major categories of nurses working in medical settings across the U.S.—the registered nurse (RN) and the practical nurse […]

AP U.S. History: PERSIA Charts and Chain Outlines

 Here is a method that you can use as you read to categorize the textual information presented in assigned reading. PERSIA is an acronym that is easy to remember and use. P equals Political, E equals Economic, R equals Religion, S equals Social, I equals Intellectual, and A equals Arts. Historians may use categories like […]