By Stefanie Sadocha
This year’s notorious AP Week was transformed into AP Month for OBHS students as the College Board administered AP examinations from May 3rd- June 11th.
AP testing traditionally takes place over the first two weeks of May, during which students across the country who are enrolled in the same course take the same test, at the same time. This year, College Board offered three different testing dates for each course, and it was up to each teacher to decide on which test date they wanted their students to sit for the exam.
Administration 1 was an in-person, paper exam, while Administrations 2 and 3 offered digital, at-home exams along with the traditional paper exams.
For many seniors, the extension of AP testing was upsetting since they are eager to finish their major exams.
Senior Rebecca Keller says, “All of my exams are on paper, yet they are almost three weeks apart. Since I am a senior, I wish that all of my teachers would have selected the earliest testing date.”
The testing day routine for paper exams was similar to years past. However, some classes, including Computer Science, World History, Biology and Literature, took the virtual exam.
Senior Caitlin Fuschetto took the AP Computer Science exam and shares, “I had a great experience taking the online exam because I had no glitches, and I liked the extra break time between sections if you finished early. I still prefer taking a paper exam because staring at the screen for so long is exhausting.”
Additionally, almost all AP classes offered night review sessions leading up to the exams. Traditionally, these sessions take place in person at the high school. However, this year’s sessions were on Zoom, which may have impacted student attendance.
Senior Lauren Swezey says, “Typically, the review sessions are packed and almost everyone in the class attends. However, this year I went to most of mine, and there was sometimes only one other student on the Zoom. A lot of students do not like classes on Zoom, including myself, but I still tried to make an effort to attend the sessions because they are helpful. I hope that next year they can be in person again.”
Overall, many students prefer taking traditional exams compared to the new online format. Still, most students felt that their AP exams were just as successful this year despite the adjustments.