Online AP Test Prep Bootcamps
Advanced Placement (AP) tests will be given as scheduled this May, but will be offered online in new format due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Tests will be 45 minutes long and will have no multiple choice component. All of the tests will be offered in a Free-Response format and will also be open-book, allowing students to consult textbooks and notes during the exam.
This is a new and unique format for AP tests and we think that this year’s tests present a great opportunity for students to prepare. In addition, because many students are now attending high school classes in an unfamiliar online setting, we anticipate that the need for AP class support is high right now.
We’re excited to offer four AP test prep bootcamps in some of the subjects that are most popular with high school juniors: AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Language & Composition, and AP US History.
All of our classes are scheduled for five consecutive days during the week before the relevant AP test. Each of our classes is designed to supplement what students are doing in their AP classes and thoroughly prepare our students for all aspects of the AP test.
AP Calculus (AB or BC) (AP test on Tuesday, May 12)
Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Our AP Calculus prep class will review:
- Derivatives and integrals used to describe rates of change and net change in various scenarios
- Limits of functions, whether presented as graphs or equations
- Behaviors of functions and how they can be determined through the use of various components of calculus
Our AP Calc class is taught by Michigan graduate, decades-long tutor, and former college instructor Julie Mueller.
AP Chemistry (AP test on Thursday, May 14)
Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Our ACT Chemistry workshop will review:
- Scales used to study substances from the macroscopic to microscopic levels
- The structure and properties of substances and how they are the result of molecular structure
- How chemical reactions result in the rearrangement of matter
- The role of energy and its effect on chemical systems
Our AP Chem boot camp is taught by our Director of Development Alex Alford, an MIT graduate who has taught AP and IB Chemistry in a classroom setting.
AP Language & Composition (AP test on Wednesday, May 20)
Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
In this class students will learn to:
- Identify and understand different types of rhetoric and argument, and the situations in which they apply
- Analyze written pieces to find claims, evidence, and rhetorical strategies, and be able to write about these elements effectively
- Evaluate structure as it is used in written argument, and how said structure integrates rhetoric, claims, and evidence
- Use different elements of writing style in their own writing, as well as in analysis
Our AP Lang boot camp is taught by longtime writing coach Ethan Cutler, a Philosophy graduate of Colorado College.
AP US History (AP test on Friday, May 15)
Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Our AP US History review class will cover:
- Content for each of the 7 temporal units being tested on this year’s exam, spanning from 1491-1945
- Historical thinking skills and reasoning processes necessary to answer AP test free response questions
- Identifying and contextualizing key events and concepts using the 8 key themes for AP US History: American and National Identity; Work, Exchange, and Technology; Geography and the Environment; Migration and Settlement; Politics and Power; America in the World; American and Regional Culture; and Social Structures
Our APUSH boot camp is taught by Kelci Burckhardt, former CIA analyst and adjunct history professor.