Jordyn Patterson and Jennifer Shank – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Advanced Placement (AP) testing is taking place at LRHS over the next two weeks.

AP, offered by College Board, offers college-level courses in high school. Each AP course has an exam at the end of the year. A passing scaled score of three or above gets you college credit for that course.  Five is the highest score.

The College Board website states, “AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP, regardless of their exam score. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years”.

Senior Evelyn Sanchez said, “I have been enrolled in AP classes since my freshman year, so as a senior, I know what to expect and I am not really nervous”.

Preparing for and taking the exam can be very stressful, especially when it is your first AP exam, and you don’t know what to expect. College Board does not inform teachers of the information on the test, so students learn all the information in the course and have to prepare accordingly.

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Junior Gabrielle Waters participated in taking the AP Psychology exam on May 2. . Waters said, “I was pretty nervous, but I felt prepared. This was my third AP exam, so I knew what to expect, but every test is different depending on the class. Studying all the information can be overwhelming.”

Sanchez continued by saying “I feel relieved that I am taking my last AP tests, but I am confident that I will do well.”

AP instructors urge that Mustangs should consider the following before enrolling in AP courses –

  • AP classes require extra studying and homework
  • A greater commitment during class
  • Further looking into colleges that you are interested in as some don’t accept AP credit or only take scores of a 4 or 5