As the final leg of the school year nears, advanced placement (AP) students are reviewing and studying for the inevitable end of the year exams.

 

As the final leg of the school year nears, advanced placement (AP) students are reviewing and studying for the inevitable end of the year exams.

“I’m taking three AP exams: AP Bio, AP Lang, and AP US History,” Junior Autumn Bennett said.

As with all EOCs, the AP requires a review of an entire year’s worth of knowledge, though on a more difficult scale.

“For studying, I usually read over notes/classwork and target areas I struggle with, then work to improve those areas first,” Senior Nathan Burlew said.

The importances of AP classes include helping advanced students prepare for College and also by increasing GPA for students who do well.

“They [AP classes] help give insight and knowledge of college classes,” Senior Olivia Keaton said.

Teachers at Dutch Fork have also given support to their students by aiding them in reviews and study strategies.

“As for testing, I’m always prepared. Everything my teacher does helps me for the testing,” Nathan said. “On top of that we’ve been reviewing four times a month and reviewing helps.”

Something new to Dutch Fork this year is that testing will take place off site in order for students to feel more comfortable

“I feel like people might be less or more stressed out depending on location,”Autumn said. “I find it personally more relaxing to take them off site.”

AP testing, while having pros, also comes with some cons, including stress and overwhelming content.

“[I’m most worried about] AP bio. The amount of content covered is overwhelming and I doubt I’ll remember everything,” Autumn said.

While AP classes have potential to help students, they can also do major harm if not taken seriously. They can allow students to receive college credit, but on the opposite end of the spectrum they can hurt one’s GPA if a student doesn’t do well.

The pros for AP classes are that they help you a lot if you do well, but if you do bad, it hurts both your GPA and your grade,” Nathan said.

Story by Trey Rice, Abby Beauregard and Haley Dixon

Photo by Trey Rice