The end of the school year is slowly approaching, and the beginning of AP Exams looms on the horizon. The AP Exams take place in May and cover subjects ranging from Chemistry to European History. But are these AP Exams really necessary?
Although the AP program might help to better prepare students for college, these tests range in cost from $70 to $100. The College Board, the official company behind the SAT, is also directly associated with developing new AP tests every year. However, the College Board is a non-profit organization, meaning the company still needs a source of income for future plans. Due to the cost of making tests, the recent AP cost inflation has risen to a controversial amount.
Many high school students are challenged to take several AP classes at the same time during their sophomore through senior years. Some students choose to take AP classes in order to challenge themselves, while others enroll because of their parents’ wishes or for college applications. If a student scores well on the AP exam, they might receive college credit and be able to skip certain introductory classes as an undergraduate at the university level.
However, for the students taking AP classes unaware of or unprepared for the rigor and pressure, AP exams may not be the best option. On the other hand, there are other students who have enrolled in AP classes who have dedicated their time to successfully pass the AP Exam. Due to the high costs, many of these students may not be financially able to purchase an AP Exam test.
Many high school students have the potential to earn high test scores due to their strengths in the AP test subjects. However, failing test grades, or even “low passing” grades, would not be accepted by colleges. If a student believes he or she has the determination to score a high grade, he or she should enroll for the AP Test.