The Strain of AP Testing


The College Board is the organization that is in charge of all AP testing.

Olivia Moody, Newspaper Editor

The two first weeks of May are always a headache for students in AP classes. Two semesters of learning all comes down to one long test, with a number that holds a lot of weight. 

Students often take AP courses to earn college credit and high school credit, as well as get graded on a five point scale. The acceptable score depends on the course. The tests are graded out of 1-5 points where usually a three is considered passing. The only catch is, if you don’t do well on the test, the college credit is not awarded. This can be frustrating for students that spend the typical $95 on each test. 

Senior Kaylie Rozenboom took the AP Government and AP literature and composition test. Each test that she took was around three hours long, but a lot of studying was done to prepare. 

Rozenboom has some valuable advice for anyone that is thinking about taking AP classes, “It depends on the person because I feel very confident in my AP Gov test and I am also going to college for politics. The AP Lit test was not good because it is not one of my best subjects. For English, I would recommend taking DMACC classes instead, especially if you are staying in the Midwest for college.”