11 months ago
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about AP exams

hey, I'm an international student who doesn't have AP classes at the school. but, I'm very good at biology and I have great knowledge about it. so, I was wondering: can I do the AP biology exam even if I don't have any AP class about it?

thank you for your help


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11 months ago

You absolutely can! That's what a lot of people do. Sometimes, they are in a similar situation as you, but other times, people simply don't have enough space in their schedule to fit in all of the AP classes that they want. As a result, it's not uncommon to "self-study" for AP exams. It may be harder because you won't have a teacher to direct the lessons, but it is most certainly an option. You will just have to remember to register and pay for the exam on the CollegeBoard website. I also recommend getting AP study books such as the ones offered by Princeton Review, Barron's, or Five Steps to a 5 since it may be difficult to ensure that all of the topics are covered in your studying without a textbook. You can also take a look at Khan Academy since College Board and Khan Academy have partnered together to provide good video and test resources for many of the AP exams. Hope this helps!

11 months ago

As per College Board, the company that runs AP exams, "We recommend taking the AP course before taking an AP Exam—but it's not required... To prepare for the exam without taking the course, you should study the skills and content outlined in the course and exam description for your subject, which you can find on the specific course page."

In short, go to collegeboard.org and check out the info they have on the AP classes, and look into where you can take an AP exam. Another way to get college credit is by taking a CLEP exam, which are also run by College Board


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