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Get ready for high scores on your AP exams

Preparing for AP exams means lots of notes, practice, and time-consuming studying. The StudySmarter App provides invaluable features to help you learn and focus. Access thousands of step-by-step explanations and practice problems tailored to make studying easier and more effective. Verified by teachers. Focus. Done. Right.

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What are AP courses and AP exams?

As a bridge between high school and college, AP courses and AP exams prepare you for getting into college and succeeding once you’re there. With AP courses, you’ll stand out in the college admission process and get college credit while you’re at it!

AP prep: notes

The notes feature in the StudySmarter app is specifically designed to help you practice and study for your AP classes. How does it work? Upload your slides or other materials from class. Use the Magic Marker to highlight text and instantly turn it into the study guide you need or flashcards you can study and share with your friends.
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AP prep: flashcards

Want to make sure you have fully memorized everything from your AP course? Make it easy with the StudySmarter flashcards feature!
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AP exam prep: even more StudySmarter features

Guess what?: StudySmarter provides even more free features to help you achieve outstanding results in your AP exams.

Collect points while studying

Reach new highs and unlock badges by studying.

Get statistics on your progress

Have perfect transparency with your own study analytics dashboard.

Offline and across all devices

Available offline and across all your devices.


Scan your paper notes.


Share notes with your study group

Add exam dates

We create a study plan for all of your Study Sets.

Essential tips for AP exams

  • Start studying early (ideally several months in advance)
  • Create an AP exam study plan with StudySmarter and track your progress
  • Use study material, like study guides
  • Study in groups. Learning with others and teaching concepts can help reinforce your own learning--plus it can be more fun!
  • Get familiar with the details of the AP exams (how many questions, how much time)

Frequently asked questions:

How do you study for an AP exam?

To study for an AP exam, you should first create an AP exam study plan with StudySmarter to set goals and track your progress. Start this plan and your studying as early as possible (several months in advance), and get your hands on an AP prep book. Study in groups to have fun and reinforce your own learning, and lastly, familiarize yourself with the details of your upcoming AP exams. Also, don’t forget to practice your material as much as possible!

Can you retake AP exams?

Yes, you can retake AP exams. However, because AP exams only happen once a year, you’ll have to retake them the following year. If you do, both scores will be reported unless you request that one be withheld or canceled.

How long do AP exams take on average?

There are 38 AP exams in total, each with their own requirements. However, most of the AP exams are between two to three hours long.

Who grades the AP exams?

The multiple-choice section is graded by computer, and the free-response sections are graded by appointed college professors and AP teachers at the annual AP Reading.