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Which AP Tests are Best for Self Study?

Did you know? Any student can take an AP test, even if they don't take an AP course.

AP courses are really hard, and often take 2-3 hours of study per day per class. Taking more than one or two per year makes it difficult for the student to cover all the core classes needed for college admission. To solve that problem, some parents will help their child self-study, using homeschool curriculum, and then take the test when they are sure the child can pass.

Deciding which test is the right one for your child is more challenging that it sounds. To be honest, I looked over some of those tests and became very overwhelmed - even in my student's most-loved areas. That's why we chose CLEP for our family - but I do think that AP is more widely esteemed and valued.

These tests are often considered the easiest to do on your own because they require a lot of memorization, but don't require specialized math or science. They aren't build on a lot of previous knowledge.

AP Environmental Science
AP Human Geography
AP Psychology

There tests are OK if you student really LOVES the subject, you use a very rigorous, honors, homeschool curriculum, study for 2-3 hours per day, and are willing to do a lot of test prep.

AP Biology
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP US Government and Politics
AP US History
AP World History

These are just really, really hard to do without taking an AP Course. Be certain your child will score well on the test. Consider studying the material as a normal homeschool class, and when done taking a sample test. If they score well on the sample test, then begin AP preparation in earnest.
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP Physics

The test prep Study Guides that I prefer for AP Subject Tests are Princeton Review Books .

Learn more about High School Subject Tests with this free White Paper. " High School Subject Tests Simply Explained " will give you critical insights into AP, SAT and CLEP subject tests to maximize your college admission and scholarship chances. It's filled with tips for busy homeschool parents trying to choose the right test and prepare their students for test success.

I hope this gives you an overview about which AP classes your child can take and not have to take a test with. I'd love to know what your experience with AP classes and tests has been!

 SAT®, AP®, and CLEP® are trademarks owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this blog post or The HomeScholar, LLC.

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