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AP Update: 2021 Exams Will Be Mix of Traditional and Digital Formats

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 6, 2021

After scrambling last year to find ways to administer AP exams during the unfolding pandemic, the College Board has now had some time to review that experience and plan for this year’s upcoming tests. Realizing that every school district around the country has different needs and capabilities, the College Board is implementing several changes for 2021. Overall, they’ve added more options and additional support for teachers and students, hoping to accommodate the wide-ranging circumstances.

Topics: AP Exams, College Counseling

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Topics: AP Exams, College Counseling

AP Exams and SAT Subject Tests: Similarities & Differences

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on January 27, 2021

With news of the recent demise of SAT Subject Tests, many students were thrilled to find out they could scratch those additional test sittings off their long list of college preparation to-do’s. Ultimately, however, colleges still want to know that students have mastered academic subjects, so the College Board (CB) has merely shifted the emphasis to their other testing tools – AP exams. As a result, we are predicting that taking rigorous AP courses and scoring well on the exams are going to be more important than ever for students who hope to be admitted to top universities. Here’s what you need to know about AP exams and how they can impact your college planning process, as well as your college career. 

Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, Subject Test

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Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, Subject Test

Adapting Perfectly: Changes to the Upcoming AP Exams

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on April 13, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the College Board recently announced significant updates to content, structure, and administration for its upcoming Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with reassurances that it will continue to update school counselors, teachers, and students throughout the month of April, leading up to May’s at-home exam administration. Testing dates are May 11-15 and May 18-22, with a make-up period of June 1-5. View the schedule and content for all exams. Recognizing educational disruption as a result of school closings, College Board is also posting its own free, daily lessons covering all exam subjects.

Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, News, Test-Prep, College Planning, College Board, APUSH

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Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, News, Test-Prep, College Planning, College Board, APUSH

The Changes to the 2020 AP US History Test & 3 Tips to Help

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 28, 2020

Topics: AP Exams, APUSH

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Topics: AP Exams, APUSH

2020 Changes to AP Literature and AP Language Exams

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 27, 2020

2020 Changes to AP English Literature and Composition

The test this year will be 15 minutes shorter than it was in previous years, but the only substantive change is in the scoring of the free-response questions. The content of the free-response section remains unchanged from previous years, but the way that it’s scored will change.

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Topics: AP Exams

AICE vs AP & IB: The California Conundrum (and New York’s, too)

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 26, 2018

When your GPA is NOT your GPA

Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, AICE, ib

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Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, AICE, ib

WHAT? No Credits Toward College Graduation for Good AP Scores?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 31, 2017

We bring to your attention this blog published in early May of this year on cnbc.com concerning students who take AP tests:

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

7 Study Tips for the AP Exams

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 13, 2017

If you follow these seven steps, you’ll likely increase your chances at doing well on your AP exams.

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Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips

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AP, IB, and AICE Programs: A Brief Comparison (Part 4)

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 2, 2015

 

In this final post, we offer a few thoughts by way of comparing and contrasting AP, IB and AICE.

Comparisons

So how does AICE compare with IB and AP? All three programs are well established in high schools and recognized by universities around the country. Both AICE (AS and A Level) and IB are accepted at universities around the world, too. The main difference between AICE and IB is the flexibility of the AICE Diploma. Students have the freedom to create their own educational experience within the three AICE curriculum areas. We feel that AICE combines the best of both AP and IB in that students can pick and choose what courses they want but still earn an internationally-recognized diploma.

Topics: AP Exams, Common Application, Test-Prep, ib

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Topics: AP Exams, Common Application, Test-Prep, ib

AP, IB, and AICE Programs: A Brief Comparison (Part 3)

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 2, 2015

What to know more about AICE? Read on.

AICE: Advanced International Certificate of Education

The University of Cambridge’s AICE Diploma program is the newest advanced curriculum in the United States; it has long been implemented in Europe and around the globe. Currently, AICE is more akin to the International Baccalaureate in that both diploma programs offer a wide range of courses, and stress a global perspective. Between 1997 and 2000, AICE curricula were successfully piloted in Florida, where today the inclusion of AICE classes continues to grow and receive state legislative support.

Topics: AP Exams, Test-Prep, AICE, ib

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Topics: AP Exams, Test-Prep, AICE, ib