The AP Dilemma
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The price of a single Advanced Placement exam is $92. It’s a hefty price, but the college credits are enough to encourage students to sign up.
AP exams, issued by the College Board, are meant to help students earn more credit before they reach college. With more college credits, students can skip introductory courses in college depending on the exams taken. These credits give students the opportunity to take more classes and even save on tuition.
This is obviously a substantial incentive for students to take these tests. Students are already suffering massive college debt averaging at nearly $30,000 per student in 2013, according to the nonprofit Institute of College Access and Success. College applicants will do whatever they can to save money in the long run.
Jamestown students overall have done well on AP exams. According to Gary Breaux, the AP test coordinator at Jamestown, 79 out of 92 participants from last year scored a 3 or higher on the English Language and Composition exam, including 13 students who earned a perfect score.
“I hate them, but I need them,” says junior John Seager.. Many students feel these tests are worth it despite the initial setbacks. “I think they stress students out, but they’re worth it because you get college credit,” as junior Arianna Reynolds mentioned.
School counselors advocate students to take AP tests. On the topic of whether or not AP exams were worth it, Jennifer Smethurst, a school counselor at Jamestown, said “I think so. But it depends on the college you go to, what you major in, and what your score is.”
Mr. Breaux sees AP testing as appropriate practice for the college experience. ”I think there are different reasons to take them,” he said. “The format of the AP exams are similar to the ones you’re going to take in college.”
AP testing will be active during the month of May, where students will attempt to score high for college opportunities.