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    AP Physics B

    Well, I'm signed up to take the AP Physics B test on the 12th. My school doesn't offer the class, and silly little me didn't realize that we learned approximately none of it in my Honors Physics class. I've been studying it like mad, but honestly, I don't know how much of it I will be able to do on the test. So, I'm wondering...has anyone here taken the test in prior years? How hard is it? I know you don't get a calculator for part of it...does that mean the multiple choice is easy? And does it also mean that the half where you get the formulas and a calculator is difficult? Any suggestions for me?
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    This is unrelated but I'm taking the Computer Scienece test next Wednesday, I'm scared I'm gonna blow it... crap.
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    I took physics last year, it's pretty hard. I ended up with a four, and i was happy with that.

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    A 4's pretty good...

    I've taken AP tests twice before (US Gov't, US History) and scored a 3 on each one. I'm taking an AP Calculus test this time around, and I'm hoping for 5. Calculus is my strong suit, unlike Social Studies.

    My biggest worry is explaining why stuff works. It's sorta the same with all AP tests. That's where the tripwire is.

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    Originally posted by CheesyMoo
    This is unrelated but I'm taking the Computer Scienece test next Wednesday, I'm scared I'm gonna blow it... crap.
    me too - check out apcentral.collegeboard.com and sign up as a teacher. You get past exam questions.

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    yeah im taking US history, english, and computer science ab. on the a exam last year i got a 4, hopefully ill get about the same on the ab. im more worried about US

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    i love listening to you guys talk about upcoming tests

    fortunately im only a freshman in high school and my only test are all too easy...hehe
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    Originally posted by JaWiB
    i love listening to you guys talk about upcoming tests

    fortunately im only a freshman in high school and my only test are all too easy...hehe
    These are AP tests...not much to do with regular highschool. And I'm a sophomore taking AP compsci, so....

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    Already took the CS one, don't worry its not as bad as it seems. As for Physics, Im taking the C (calc bases rather than Algebra based) one on the 12th, from what I have seen from old exams, the multiple choice is not easy but very little calculation, mostly to see if you know the theory side of the course.
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    I took physics B 2 years ago. Honors physics usually covers some, but not all topics covered on the AP test. The problems usually make sure you know and understand the concepts and equations.

    Some keys for success are to answer every question on the free response. Even if you can't get the answer show what you are doing. Even if you are confused try writing a few sentences about what is happening and show that you understand something. This way you get some credit. All the points add up.

    The multiple choice is not that easy. They don't let you use a calculator so all the numbers usually work out nicely. I would recommend that you go through and answer the one's you know for sure and then use what time is left for the rest.

    You can usually buy an AP physic book that gives example problems. Those usually help prepare you for the test.

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    One other question... in the calculus multiple choice, do we have to show work?

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    Does anyone have tips for the AP CS test? My middle school doesn't have a teacher, so I have to do it on my own.
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    Originally posted by CheesyMoo
    Does anyone have tips for the AP CS test? My middle school doesn't have a teacher, so I have to do it on my own.
    Check my reply a bit of the way up the page.

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    Originally posted by -KEN-
    Check my reply a bit of the way up the page.
    Sorry, I temporarilly forgot how to read.
    Thanks.
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    I registered on the collegeboard site as a teacher, and I found some sample questions...but I haven't been able to find any of the released exams. Are they there?
    Away.

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