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Added: 04/24/2019 - Justin Miller

Itís that time of year again when junior and senior high-school students get stressed-out over preparing for the dreaded Advanced Placement Exams from the College Board. Doing well on these exams come with many benefits including boosting a student's chances of acceptance to the college of their choice. Some colleges use AP test scores to allow students to skip introductory coursework, other colleges use them to place students in more advanced courses and some colleges will offer college credit.

While policy varies from college to college, students who only pass an AP exam (earn a score of 3) are being given college credit at fewer schools. Many colleges now require an AP test score of 4 or 5. Since the average cost per credit hour for colleges across every sector is roughly $600 (tuition only) and a full year of science courses (such as chemistry or biology) is typically 8 credit hours, earning a 4 or 5 on an AP exam can save a student on average $4800 in tuition. This alone is a significant amount of money, but the savings are much higher when tuition is being financed with student loans. Earning college credit often has the added bonus of allowing a student to graduate sooner.

Frazzled AP students can take a sigh of relief this year by picking up a copy of How To Crush Your AP Exam by Alan Lewis on Amazon Kindle totally free of charge for a very limited time (Friday, April 26th thru Tuesday, April 30th). The book distills six years of experience successfully helping AP students earn top scores on their exams into a concise game plan thatís easy to follow. A wealth of tips for tackling both the multiple-choice and free-response sections of the exams are found in the appendix, with links to corresponding YouTube videos.

Earning the coveted 4 or 5 score on an AP exam involves a lot of hard work and is a significant accomplishment. Few students make the cut. In 2018, for example, only 5.7% of the 170,653 students who took AP Physics 1 scored a 5. AP students need all the help they can get and the book How To Crush Your AP Exam may offer just the boost needed to break into the top score brackets. Amazon only allows Kindle authors to offer free downloads for 5 days during any 90-day period unless the buyer is a member of Amazon Prime, so this offer will not appear again before the AP 2019 exams this May.

AP Critical Review offers review and practice on all topics critical for earning a top score on selected AP exams. Visit Note: AP Critical Review is in no way affiliated nor endorsed by the College Board. AP and Advanced Placement are registered trademarks of the College Board.

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