Like any other big exam, preparing for AP tests can be stressful and confusing. However, you can minimize your stress by preparing the right way and feel confident once the test rolls around. As the Kenyans say about running, “Train hard, win easy.” So the best thing to do is to prepare hard for the exam and have an easy time on the real exam.
One of the best ways to study for an exam is to practice. About a month or two before the scheduled exam dates, go to a local bookstore and find every different form of review book for a particular exam and do all the practice multiple choice questions. These review books are very good at asking the kind of questions asked by the actual exams, so if you can understand every multiple choice answer, you will have little problem adjusting to the ‘curveballs’ on the actual exam because you’re used to them ISACA CISM .
As for the free response sections, it’s best to just read sample essays that received 5’s instead of writing your own. As long as you are a decent writer, it’s more important to understand the concise, well structured style that AP graders like by reading good sample essays. In this way, you will pick up on how to bring evidence from primary sources into your essay, how to long to spend on each point, and how to use your knowledge to make an argument.
Another really important thing to keep in mind in reading example essays is to remember the actual points that the essay makes. What ends up happening is that once you read enough essays (around 10-20), you start to actually improve your understanding of the content of the topic better. Essays themselves are great ways to better understand course material. Weather it be history or physics, seeing good free response answers will act as a great teacher. If you’re lucky, part of the actual free response questions on your exam may overlap with the examples you’ve read and you’ll have a very easy time with it (this has actually happened before; the topic was the Protestant Reformation in AP European history).