Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year

Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.

Strong Start


Keeping Up


Midterm Reset


Exam Prep


Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year. Experiences marked with “ Students Shared” were generated directly from conversations with students about what supports their success in AP.

Exam Prep

Students report high levels of anxiety during this time and are likely to be at different levels of mastery regarding content and test preparedness. Providing differentiated support, teaching anxiety management, and explicitly preparing students for the AP® exam will help them stay engaged and feel confident in their choice to take both the class and the AP exam.

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Each experience links to multiple classroom strategies contained within the “Classroom Strategies for AP Success” bank. This menu of strategies is meant to help teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators support the learning experience of historically underserved students in Advanced Placement® classes equitably. It includes strategies that address the academic and non-academic skills of students as well as strategies to modify instruction.