Advanced Placement

5 Tips for AP Students

The upcoming school year will look different, but AP® won’t. Taking an AP course will still give you the opportunity to:

  • Tackle college-level work
  • Develop skills that will help you in future AP classes and in college
  • Stand out to college admissions officers who'll see AP on your transcript

Whether your school reopens for in-person or online learning, there are more free resources than ever before to help you learn and feel confident in all your AP classes.

Below are five tips that you can keep in mind as you start the school year.


1. Stay Connected

If you’re looking for a device or internet assistance to support online learning, we recommend asking your school/district if they have supports in place. The College Board is also working to connect with partner organizations that can provide devices, internet, and learning tools for the 20-21 school year. More information will be available soon.

Be sure to also check out the 50 Ways Students Are Staying Focused While at Home.


2. Use AP Classroom

Once you join your AP class section in My AP using the join code your teacher gives you, you’ll have access to AP Classroom. There, you’ll get free access to daily learning videos, practice materials, and your personal progress dashboard. By answering Topic Questions after each class lesson, you can check your skills and get immediate feedback on where to focus your time and attention. Discuss with your AP teacher how AP Classroom will be used with your coursework.


3. Watch AP Daily Videos

This school year, you can also watch AP Daily videos that align to every topic in every unit. These short videos will help build your knowledge and skills across units. They can be viewed on any device with internet access.  Log in to AP Classroom to start watching.

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4. Search College Credit Policies

Taking an AP course and exam gives you the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. As you start to plan for college, you should become familiar with the credit policies at colleges and universities you’re interested in attending. The AP Credit Policy search tool will show you exam scores each university accepts per course for advanced placement/credit.


5. Opt-in to Student Search Service

Hear directly from colleges and scholarship programs by joining Student Search Service®. You can learn about colleges across the country without ever leaving home.


For more information about AP, be sure to visit AP Students.