Practice for the AP Exams

The best way to prepare for an AP Exam is to participate in your AP class.

It also helps to set aside consistent study time, complete all assignments from your teacher, and become familiar with the exam by practicing with exam questions created by AP.

On AP Central, we release the free-response questions for exams that have them. We also post sample student responses and scoring guidelines for past exam questions so you can see why a real exam taker got the score they did.


  1. Start in your AP class.

    Ask your AP teacher to go over the exam format with you in class, if they haven’t done so already.

  2. Ask your teacher about the practice resources in AP Classroom.

    AP Classroom is a suite of digital tools that teachers can use throughout the year to help you prepare for the AP Exam. The tools include progress checks with multiple-choice and free-response questions your teacher can unlock for you to receive personalized feedback on the skills and topics you're learning in the course. Your teacher may also assign AP practice or released exam questions using the AP Question Bank. In addition, you can access AP Daily videos that cover all course content and skills to help support your learning.

  3. Go to your course’s exam page.

    Start at AP Courses and Exams page and find your subject. Once you’re on your course page, go to the About the Exam tab. You’ll find the exam date, details about the exam structure, and exam-taking tips.


    AP Courses and Exams

    Start at the AP Courses and Exams page to learn more about each exam, including structure, timing, and topics that will be covered.

  4. Scroll to the Exam Preparation section of your exam page for practice materials.

    You’ll find resources and links to help you prepare, such as questions from real exams, scoring guidelines, and sample student responses on AP Central.