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AP Physics 1 essentials—what should I pack?

Quick question for anyone who's taken AP Physics 1—aside from the usual stuff (pens, pencils, calculator), is there anything special you all would recommend bringing to the exam room? I want to make sure I'm 100% prepared and not missing anything critical on the day of. Thanks in advance!

8 months ago

Certainly! It's great that you're thinking ahead about being prepared for your AP Physics 1 exam. You've got the basics down with pens, pencils, and an approved calculator, but there are a few additional items you might consider.

First and foremost, make sure you're familiar with the calculator policy for AP exams, as only certain types are allowed. It's also not a bad idea to bring extra batteries—even if you have no reason to think your calculator might die, you don't want to end up stranded by technical difficulties on the big day.

If you know where you'll be taking the test, and the room tends to get chilly, you might want to bring a sweater or light jacket to stay comfortable, as it can be hard to concentrate if you're cold. A watch without an audible alarm can also be helpful to manage your time during the test, since some exam rooms don't have clocks visible. You won't be able to access your phone, so a watch is a handy alternative.

Lastly, bring some water and a snack for the break to keep your energy up. Just remember that snacks and drinks need to stay in your designated area and can't be accessed during actual testing. So, having a good meal beforehand is a good idea, to make sure your empty stomach isn't distracting you before you get to your break. Good luck!

8 months ago

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