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Advanced Placement

2019 AP Exam Schedule
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 AP Spanish Language & Culture 8AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 English Literature & Composition (12th grade) 8AM
Friday, May 10, 2019 U.S. History 8AM
Monday, May 13, 2019 Biology 8AM
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Calculus 8AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 English Language and Composition (11th grade) 8AM


AP Calculator Policy 2017

AP Calculator Policy

Calculators can be used on all or some parts of the AP Exams listed here (and on no others).

  • Students should check the list of approved graphing calculators; bring only approved models.
  • Students can bring up to two calculators. They should bring calculators they are familiar with that are in good working order. Calculators may not be shared.
  • Calculator memories do not need to be cleared before or after the exam.

Unacceptable Calculators

Students are not allowed to use any of the following:

  • Cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches and other wearable technology, portable/handheld computers, tablets, laptops, electronic writing pads, pocket organizers
  • Models with QWERTY (i.e., typewriter) keypads as part of hardware or software (e.g., TI92 Plus, Voyage 200)
  • Models with pen-input/stylus capability (e.g., Palm, PDAs, Casio ClassPad)
  • Models with wireless or Bluetooth capability
  • Models that require an electrical outlet, “talk” or make noise, or have a paper tape
  • Models that can access the Internet
  • Models that have cell phone capability or audio/video recording capability
  • Models that have a digital audio/video player
  • Models that have a camera or scanning capability
  • Some models with touch-screen capability (e.g., Casio ClassPad)
  • Hardware peripherals such as a stylus, keyboard, or wireless adapter with an approved calculator

School-supplied backup calculators

Proctors should have a supply of extra AP-approved calculators on exam day. You should be able to provide a substitute calculator when:

  • A student does not have a calculator
  • A student arrives with an unacceptable calculator
  • A calculator malfunctions during the administration

Additionally, students may bring up to two calculators to exams, but they cannot share them.

World History AP Essential Exam Tips

The following strategies for answering the free-response questions will help you on exam day.

Keep an eye on your time.

Monitor your time carefully. Make sure not to spend too much time on any one question so that you have enough time to answer all of them. If you reach the end of the test with time to spare, go back and review your essays. And don’t waste time restating the question in your answers: that won’t earn points.

Plan your answers.

Don’t start to write immediately: that can lead to a string of disconnected, poorly planned thoughts. Carefully analyze the question, thinking through what is being asked and evaluating the points of view of the sources and authors. Identify the elements that must be addressed in the response. For example, some questions may require you to consider the similarities between people or events, and then to think of the ways they are different. Others may ask you to develop an argument with examples to support it. Be sure to answer exactly what is being asked in the question prompt!

Integrate evidence.

After you have determined how to answer the question, consider what evidence you can incorporate into your response. Review the evidence you learned during the year that relates to the question and then decide how it fits into the analysis. Does it demonstrate a similarity or a difference? Does it argue for or against a generalization that is being addressed?

Decide your thesis statement.

Begin writing only after you have thought through your evidence and have determined what your thesis statement will be. Once you have done this, you will be in a position to answer the question analytically instead of in a rambling narrative.

Support your thesis statement.

Make your overarching statement or argument, then position your supporting evidence so that it is obviously directed to answering the question. State your points clearly and explicitly connect them to the larger thesis, rather than making generalizations.

Elaborate on the evidence.

Don’t just paraphrase or summarize your evidence. Clearly state your intent, then use additional information or analysis to elaborate on how these pieces of evidence are similar or different. If there is evidence that refutes a statement, explain why. Your answer should show that you understand the subtleties of the questions.


Answering free-response questions from previous AP Exams is a great way to practice: it allows you to compare your own responses with those that have already been evaluated and scored. Free-response questions and scoring guidelines are available on the Exam Practice page for World History.

AP US History Reading Study Skills

Read a Rigorous College-level Textbook

You should be studying a recent edition of a college-level textbook. A college-level book will ensure that you are exposed to the full chronology, the basic facts, and the major trends in the American past, regardless of your teacher's emphasis or the nature of other assignments. Be sure to study the graphs, charts, and maps included in the text to see not only what they say but what you can infer from them.

Use Primary Sources

Study the primary sources to gain familiarity with the "raw materials" of historical inquiry and to practice assessing the validity of historical evidence. Students need to learn to comprehend the difficult style, terminology, and meaning of colonial charters, Supreme Court decisions, laws passed by state legislatures or Congress, and treaties and agreements made with other nations. You should also study documents in social history — wills, probate records, and census reports, for example — that provide rich insights into the experiences of individuals, families, and other social groups.

Do Other Reading

Your teacher may assign recently published monographs, often selecting works that introduce students to a variety of historical formats such as biography, case study, and broad interpretive analysis. You should read historical fiction, both for its intrinsic interest and for its insight into cultural climates. Your teacher may assign an anthology of scholarly articles (either a survey anthology or one that focuses on a particular period or topic) or selected articles from scholarly journals.

Do Some Historiography

If your teacher assigns readings in American historiography — the changing and conflicting interpretations that arise from differences among historians — use the opportunity to compare and contrast the reasons for their differences (sources, backgrounds, social and intellectual contexts, and guiding assumptions, for example). This exercise can provide a wonderful opportunity to understand how two historians looking at the same event can reach such different conclusions.

Get a Head Start

Get a head start by obtaining copies of as many of the assigned texts as you can so that you won't waste time searching for a text when you absolutely need it. Preview the text by reading the introduction and the concluding chapter.

Find the Main Ideas

As you read, pause and articulate the principal ideas the author is expressing and the material the author uses to support them. These ideas may be fairly easy to identify in popular writing in newspapers or journals, for example, but much more subtle in political commentaries.

Know the Context

Knowing the context of a piece of writing can help you read with greater understanding and better recollection. As you read works by historians, a knowledge of the period in which they lived and wrote contributes enormously to an understanding of what their assumptions were and what they were trying to accomplish.

Vocalize the Difficult Words

In reading important passages in any text, slow down and vocalize — that is, pronounce — the words by moving your lips. Contrary to earlier advice, reading experts today say that comprehension of difficult materials is substantially improved by pronouncing the words.

Reread Difficult Material

Another technique that enhances comprehension of difficult material is re-reading. Complex ideas are not always easily caught on the first reading, so go back and read them again.

Use Additional Resources

Form the habit of consulting the dictionary, the thesaurus, the encyclopedia, the atlas, and the globe. These resources are tools to aid you in discovering new ideas and knowledge.