Steven Bracco – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the end of the school year approaches many LRHS staff members and students are preparing for Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
AP test preparation begins at the beginning of the third quarter and is a long process.
The LRHS team of five testing coordinators has to verify test rosters, apply for testing accommodations for students, secure facilities for testing, choose and prepare proctors and plan around for school schedule conflicts.
LRHS assistant principal Jeannie Galindo explained the hardest part of preparing the AP test.
“The volume is what makes the work challenging” she said. “The parameters have been clearly defined by the College Board, so the rules are the rules.”
Galindo also mentioned, “AP testing takes place during the same window as the state’s assessment, so resources and space are stretched thin.”
This year, the school will be giving 1,265 AP exams which is far more than most schools.
As teachers prepare for the AP exams, students must also begin preparing for them.
Sophomore David Dinh said, “My teacher has started preparing us for the exam, as the entire class is to prepare for the exam.”
Dinh also said, “From the other AP test that I took, I’m not too nervous about the idea of taking the test anymore. It’s more of an “I hope I remember the little details” rather than “I hope I don’t fail the test.”
Senior Tanveer Sohal mentioned how his teachers have also started to prepare for the AP exams by doing mock exams and Free Response Questions (FRQs) to prepare for questions and long responses.