Exam Bell Tolls for AP & IB Students

Madie Potts

“I think the testing experience is
definitely important and it will help
students get used to taking higher
level classes and exams,” junior Sarah
Owen said. “Even though earning
college credit is the main goal, getting
the experience of taking a college
level class and exam is a great opportunity
that will hopefully prepare me
for the future.”
Owen is referring to the annual
period AP (Advanced Placement) and
IB (International Baccalaureate) testing
that is held throughout the month
of May. There are a variety of AP and
IB courses students can take that fall
under the main subjects of English,
mathematics, science, history, language
and areas of art.
AP classes are one year, collegelevel
courses with an optional exam
held with the end of the curriculum
in May. Students can opt to take these
tests in order to receive credit, preventing
them from having to take the
class later in college. There is a scale
of scores that ranges from one (being
the lowest) to five (being the highest).
AP tests cover material that is covered
throughout the whole year, and
are made up of combinations of multiple
choice and free response sections.
Senior Sam Seymour said that her
first experience with the AP testing
process was a difficult yet satisfying
achievement.
“I remember being challenged by
the content and material because the
AP exams test everything that you
have learned throughout the year,”
Seymour said. “But after having it all
over, I had a rewarding feeling.”
IB classes are also on the collegelevel.
However, the IB program is different
in that curriculums for many of
these courses are two years, spreading
from a student’s junior to senior
year. The exams for IB classes are not
optional, and are taken after the two
year period. IB exams are scored on a
scale from one (being the lowest) to
seven (being the highest). The testing
process includes both internal and
external assessments. Senior Sarah
Peterson has taken both AP and IB
courses, and says that future students
should always remember the preparation
that is required in order to succeed
in all college-level testing.
“The best advice I can give is to begin
studying far in advance,” Peterson
said. “Set aside times to study so that
you aren’t forced to cram at the last
minute because it will be overwhelming.
But the preparation will help you
for greater workloads in the future.”

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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