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AP® Exam scores increase with Shmoop

The Advanced Placement teachers at Jefferson Township High School in New Jersey implemented Shmoop test prep, and their students came out on top.

Program overview

Jefferson Township High School teachers use Shmoop in many ways. Some had students use the comprehensive review to learn concepts they didn't have time to cover in class (hello, early U.S. History). Others used drills and practice exams as pre-assessments, homework assignments, or summative assessments. And still others, like AP® Spanish teacher Oscar Benavides, incentivized students via Shmoints, Shmoop's virtual currency.

Teachers and students alike noted that Shmoop's practice exams reflected the real deal, helping them feel more prepared for the big day. They also liked the ability to check their answers, receive feedback when they made mistakes, and interface with a user-friendly program... instead of a blue book and a No. 2 pencil. Plus, Shmoop's program allows for individualization of learning so that each student can work at their own pace and focus on the areas where they need the most work.

JTHS results

Shmoop offers prep for every AP® exam in existence (plus hundreds of other exams), and JTHS used more of 'em than you can count on your fingers and toes combined. The results? An 82% pass rate and 36% increase in tests taken.

Not too shabby.

Need more convincing? Here are some stats.

After implementing Shmoop:

  • 21 out of 25 AP® Calculus students scored a 5
  • AP® French Language and Culture class went from zero (no students taking the exam) to hero: every student completed the AP exam and half scored a 3 or higher
  • AP® French teacher Karen Kozlowski noted, "There was a direct correlation to how much the students used Shmoop and their scores on the actual AP exam." Direct correlations are nice, aren't they?

Kozlowski summed it up: "We love the humor! It makes mastering difficult material so much fun! It doesn't take long for the students to realize how much more confident they feel after using Shmoop."

And as they say, confidence makes perfect. Or something like that.

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