Erin Elizabeth Purcell- Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Due to the COVID-19 virus, this year’s Advanced Placement (AP) tests have been dramatically altered. What used to be a three hour strictly proctored exam has become a 45-minute, at-home, short answer test.
AP exams normally consist of different sections including multiple-choice questions, a document-based essay (DBA), a long essay question (LAQ), and short answer questions (SAQ), or alternatively a free-response question (FRQ).
Due to COVID-19 however, students would be unable to remain in the testing area to take the usual exam as it would not comply with social distancing standards. The College Board decided to remedy this by removing most aspects of the test and creating one or two FRQs for most exams. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
“It’s horrible that we worked all year and focused on strategies to do a multiple-choice exam or how to write certain types of essays for it all to change and our work, in a way, be meaningless,” said sophomore Zac Safervessel.
Sophomore Josie Epps expressed different concerns about the new AP exam format.
“My biggest concern isn’t even the format of the exam,” said Epps. “I’m more worried about technology issues. What happens if my computer starts glitching, the site crashes, my device dying, or the internet goes out?”
Some students have recommended canceling AP exams entirely and suggest that determinations about students receiving college credit be based on their semester grades.
“Students had only been taught a little over half the material and because the exam is supposed to test our knowledge of that material it’s almost pointless,” said Epps.