Students Undergo First Round of AP Testing

Aiden Gamble

Sets of pencils and pens. Shrink wrapped booklets that contain the fate of any student who dares to open them.  Advanced Placement exams are the scourge of any honors student and are the root of 99 percent of final grading period stress, even though it’s only a two to three hour exam.

“It’s just over,” junior Katie Moran said. “We’ve [AP students] prepared for this exam all year, but now that it’s over- it’s kind of anti-climatic. It’s just done, and now we just have to wait for the results in a few months.”

Despite the anticlimax, many students are extremely grateful for the opportunities the school provided.

“I’m glad I did it, especially since it’s a big boost for college,” junior Gloria Lavaverde said. “But it was a big stress and now, it’s like I can’t focus.”

The end of year laziness is more often than not inevitable in students, but as many students have found out firsthand that testing exhaustion only makes it worse.

“It’s like I’ve been locked out of my brain, “Lavaverde said. “It’s just so hard to muster up the energy to actually work.”

However, a select few students find themselves pretty relaxed after the exams, regardless of how they feel they did.

Test preparation held a large factor on the confidence of students before, after and during the exam.

“I knew I’d do alright on the multiple choice and on the DBQ,” Lam Nguyen said. “But the other two, I figured it’d be a fifty-fifty chance on if I knew the other two essay questions. I didn’t know, so I just drew a dinosaur.”

Many students felt as if they were at least moderately prepared for their exams and said that despite the first time jitters of exams, they felt pretty solid.

“It [English Language and Composition] was a pretty difficult test,” junior Daniel Sim said. “But whenever I would get stuck on an essay, I would look down and see Ms. Rousseau’s pen, and I remembered how well prepared for the exam I really was. I calmed down a lot and focused much better.”