Stress Test
AP Testing is here


Rachel Buckel

R. Buckel

With summer just around the corner, students at Kings High School are ready to take a vacation. This year has seen students go above and beyond in their academic performances, with many students taking college-level classes, or AP (Advanced Placement) classes.

Now, it’s time to show what they can do.

AP classes do count as college credit, as long as students taking the class pass the test at the end of the year with an AP score of three or better. Those test are now upon us.

AP Physics and AP Chemistry teacher, Ashley Warren, said she feels that students adjust well to college-level courses, and she is confident that next week’s tests will go well.

“Students entering AP classes really rise to the challenge and take them seriously,” says Warren. “They really get into learning the harder material.”

Testing week is a stressful time of year for students as well as teachers because the scores affect both groups.

“For the students, passing these tests means college credit,” adds Warren. “For the teachers, the test scores give an outline for material that needs to be covered next year.”

As a student in her first year of taking AP classes, KHS Junior Samantha Paulson says that the pressures of AP classes is much more intense than regular or honors classes.

“We have much more homework than I’ve usually done in regular classes,” says Paulson. “We sometimes even have homework on test days”

With an academic load of four AP tests, Paulson says that the load of having to study for the tests is intimidating.

“As of last week, I’ve had to study a few hours a night to make sure I know everything,” says Paulson.

The tests themselves are administered the same way as regular standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, and various practice tests given by the state.

Rob Burnside, Vice Principal at KHS and supervisor for the AP tests says that the test environment is very strict in order to make sure there aren’t any complications.

“Just like the ACT and SAT, we’re following the rules pretty well to make sure there isn’t any cheating or other concerns,” says Burnside.

Complications that could occur during test time could include the use of cell phones, talking, and students’ use of their time while answering questions.

“We do make sure to collect phones, and keep the room quiet so students can take their tests efficiently,” Burnside explains.

On Tuesday, Apr. 29, students were called to a meeting in the high school auditorium to receive information on the tests, which begin on Monday, May 5.

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