At long last, the final page of the most exciting compilation of words you have ever read has come to a close. You have reached the end of your AP textbook.
Your head is crammed full of an entire course of information that you've consumed in nine months. And now is the time for the AP exams to begin!
Advanced placement classes are college-level courses that are available to high school students. By taking an AP class, it is possible for a student to earn college credit if they pass the exam near the end of the school year. There are currently 34 different AP courses and exams available, according to the "AP Bulletin for AP Students and Parents."
This year, the testing "season" began at 8 a.m. May 6 and will end on Friday, May 17.
Many students may be experiencing taking an AP exam for the first time. But have no fear as we offer a few tips for successful AP testing.
* Bring several sharp No. 2 pencils with erasers. It would really be a crisis if your only pencil broke, or you couldn't erase any answers.
* Bring pens -- black or blue ink -- to use for the free-response questions found in most exams. They are professional and required.
* Know your school's six-digit code. The teachers or counselors at your high school should know the code and tell you when to register for the exam.
* Wear a watch. Not all exam rooms will have a clock that can be seen easily.
* If you are taking the AP biology, calculus, chemistry, physics, or statistics exams, you may bring two approved calculators. Also bring extra batteries for the calculator(s) -- just in case playing those calculator games has drained the batteries.
* For the AP physics exam, a ruler or straightedge is allowed, but NO PROTRACTORS.
* Bring a school-issued (or government-issued) photo ID. It's about time that you showed off that gorgeous school ID photo.
* Bring a cellphone, smart phone, tablet, computer, MP3 player, iPod, camera, and/or anything that has access to the Internet into the exam room. While it may be fun to fiddle with while testing is finishing up, it's not fun to have your electronic device confiscated and yourself booted out of an AP test.
* Bring books, compasses, mechanical pencils and dictionaries.
* Bring scratch paper. If the exam you're taking requires it, a proctor will hand it out before the test.
* Wear a watch that will beep, or sound an alarm, during the testing.
* Wear clothing with subject-related information. Sorry, but that means you'll have to leave that periodic table of the elements T-shirt at home.
* Bring food or drinks.
Conquer test anxiety
Even before you get to the testing site, there are some tips that help you feel better prepared.
* Study in a group. Two minds think better than one!
* Eat healthy brain foods before the test.
* Don't stay up late the night before. Instead, go to bed at a reasonable time. If you haven't learned this subject in a year of schooling, a couple of extra hours of cramming is not going to do much good.
The AP exams are a big deal. Remember to get a good night's sleep, eat a warm breakfast and avoid raising your stress level before the test.
AP courses are a good experience and if you have prepared, so are the tests.
Sarah Stratford is a junior at Davis High School. Her hobbies are many and varied. Email her at email@example.com.