AP Exams Are Online and in Person Again

This story was first published in the print VCHS Talon on April 21, 2021.

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Administration 1 schedule for AP Exams

AP Exams are an addition to when students take AP (Advanced Placement) courses in their high school years, sophomore to senior year specifically. AP exams this year will be scheduled from May 3 to June 11, which is a longer testing period than usual.

AP exams are not required to be taken when a student takes the class and it doesn’t count towards grades. 

“The AP College Board sends out information on how students register for the exam, the only way students can apply is through the AP website. Once I submit a final count of exams the college will send me those lists as well as the exams right before the date the exams take place. Then the college board also gives us the exact time that the exams can be given. My job is to make sure there is enough space for them (students) to take the exams and I have to make sure they (exams) are secure and confidential and then I have forty-eight hours to get all exams shipped to the college board,” Mrs. Terra Golden, AP Administrator as well as VCMS/HS Vice Principal.  

The AP exams will be taken in room 104 in the high school.

The testing period for the exams is split up into three administrations. Administration 1’s schedule is seen above, with exams taking place over two weeks in May. This Administration is an in-person option, involving paper exams, pens and pencils. The World Language exams also have an audio portion, and they require computers with microphones and speakers. This is the traditional AP Exam administration.

Administration 2 and 3 are similar; exams in these categories are online and can be taken in school or at home. However, there are two options for taking the exams in these categories: option 2 is all online while option 3 (previously called “Make-Up Exams”) will be in school on paper.

The reasoning behind the separate administrations is that some students, or their parents, are not comfortable having to go to school with other students with a potential of catching the virus. 

Students will be able to take their exams in person this year with their fellow classmates.

Students from sophomore year were one of the last classes to take the exams pre pandemic. “I was pretty nervous since it was my first one (exam), but I was confident in what I knew.” Caitlin Sweany, who took the AP European History exam, said.