By Beryl Rosenberg
Over the course of two weeks in May, students taking AP courses took their AP tests, and for some, it was their first experience with the exams. But how did these students feel about taking AP tests for the first time? Were some nervous about their first AP? And how did students feel after the APs were finally over?
For many students this year, it was their first time taking an AP test. Caleigh O’Toole, a sophomore, had her first experience with AP courses. “For my first AP, AP Seminar, I wasn't very nervous because I felt like I was very prepared. And [the test] wasn't very content based. It required us to use sources. For my second AP, AP World, I was more nervous because it was a lot more content I had to remember,” O’Toole revealed.
Similarly, when talking about how she felt about the AP exams, sophomore Stefanie Sadocha said, “I took two AP courses, and for my first exam, AP Seminar, I felt extremely prepared because we had submitted other parts of the exam throughout the year. However, for my social studies exam, I was a bit nervous because it's not my strongest subject.”
Another sophomore, Ava Aschettino, also shared her thoughts on taking her first AP. “I only took one AP, and I did feel a little nervous, but I felt prepared. I feel as if I studied all the material I was given, and it was a subject I was comfortable in. I think that whatever score I get, I will be happy with it.”
Ms. Schwartz, AP Seminar teacher, shared her thoughts about her students taking their first APs. “I thought my students were very prepared. They are hard workers, and I was excited for them to succeed.”
AP World History teacher Mr. Soper shared, “I felt relieved and proud of [my students], knowing that for many of them, it was their first AP exam, and that they made it through. Hearing that they were confident and were able to handle most of the parts of the exam was a relief.”
After all of the preparation came to a conclusion, students felt relieved. Sophomore Maia Difiglia said, “I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders, but I am still very nervous because I won’t be able to see my grade until July.”
Sophie Grady added, “Now that APs are finished, I feel relieved. Although a 5 on the AP may not get you in to every school, the grade factor is still stressful.”
Overall, the AP tests can be challenging and stressful. However, if students dedicate their time and put forth their best efforts, they are likely to do well. Students here at OBHS can breathe a sigh of relief and feel proud of the culmination of their hard work.
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