Help students connect the AP exam to real life

Taking the AP exam may feel like an exercise that is disconnected from students’ lives. Helping them connect the exam (and the preparation for it) to their lives is a powerful way to contextualize it and may help more students attempt the exam.

Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year

Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.

Strong Start


Keeping Up


Midterm Reset


Exam Prep


Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year.

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