Exam Review

The Iowa Online AP Academy is pleased to offer online AP Exam Reviews to all Iowa AP students at no cost. Students in IOAPA classes as well as students in your on-site AP classes are eligible to sign up for AP Exam Review.

AP Exam Reviews are available through Apex Learning for the following 13 AP courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History.

AP Exam Review registration is now open. The process for schools to register students for AP Exam Review differs from the registration for online AP courses. For instructions, contact Lori Hudson at ioapa@belinblank.org. Due to increased interest in our ever-expanding course offerings, along with changes in the University of Iowa’s budget, there are significantly fewer AP Exam Reviews available this year than in previous years. In light of these limitations, we ask that schools carefully consider their students' need for and interest in this modality of support before signing students up for AP Exam Review.

Please make this opportunity available to students who will make use of the support, and especially to students who may lack access to other resources.

AP Exam reviews are now full.

Resources for Preparing for the AP Exam

There are many great resources available for students to prepare for the AP exams! If schools are registered with the Iowa Online AP Academy, students have access to free AP exam review modules prior to the AP exam (even if students did not take an AP course through the Iowa Online AP Academy).

The College Board is now providing new and additional resources to better support students taking AP courses. These resources include personal progress checks, which measure students' content and skills learned throughout each unit, progress dashboard, which helps teachers' recognize student achievement or growth areas, and an AP question bank that includes over 15,000 questions based on real AP questions. You can also learn more about what to expect on exam day on their AP Students page.

Students should visit apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam for information about AP exams, including dates, policies, and fees. Schools should visit professionals.collegeboard.org/testing/ap for information about ordering and administering AP exams.

Taking the AP Exam

Taking the AP exam is a decision that should be made in collaboration with the student and their course mentor. However, we strongly recommend that students who complete AP courses take the AP exam! While there are many benefits to simply taking an AP course, a qualifying score on the AP exam (typically a 3 or higher) may earn college credit for the course, saving time and tuition money. In addition, AP exam scores tend to look favorable during the college admissions process, because it demonstrates mastery of the content and student initiative for seeking out higher level college-prep work.

Studies consistently show that students who earn a 3 or higher on an AP exam:

  1. Perform well in subsequent college courses in the discipline
  2. Perform well overall in college
  3. Are more likely to graduate in four years
  4. Are more likely to major in their AP subject or a related discipline
  5. Are more likely to have better outcomes in college compared to students who take dual enrollment courses.

Source: The College Board, "Research Findings for the AP Program"

Scores that do not qualify for college credit do not affect students’ grades in the course itself. That is, AP exam scores do not impact a student’s grade point average.