We don't happen to have a free response portion.. I can't say that our section is too
competitive, but last year at the other school in our district we did have a person go to the study camp. Luckily, that person was a senior and in the other school.
To be honest, on the local tests that I've done, the only questions I don't know are the ones involving properties of random compounds. Tests that have a good amount of those questions throw me off, and I get like 53, 52. Without those, I can get a 58-60 easily.
If I don't make it this year, I'll still have 3 years ahead of me, but I honestly don't know what I'd study. Of course, I'd wait in my school curriculum to skip chem and then take AP chem, but would that really teach me anything?
Tell me how it goes! I assume we'll be taking it at around the same time haha