With May and AP tests approaching, some of the juniors and seniors of RAHS are tasked with the difficult challenge of taking more than one AP test in a single day.
In fact, junior Izzie Torres, who is taking five AP courses, must take four total tests in just two consecutive days.
“I really wish they were spread out a bit more because I know just last year, after taking AP Japanese, I was exhausted,” said Torres, “so the second test of the day probably won’t go as well as the first.”
Senior Uyen Tran agrees with Torres’ perspective but recognizes that nothing can be done because the schedules are determined by the College Board. She is, however, practicing for her AP Spanish exam.
“I would definitely rather have them spread out over three days,” said Tran, “because I know we have a really brief lunch in between, and I don’t know if that’s enough to recuperate, but así es la vida.”
The pressure is not only on the actual test day, but the at-home preparation before the AP exams.
“If I want to do a little bit of studying the night before,” said Torres, “I have two tests to study for instead of just one.”
There are benefits to taking two AP tests in a day: students like Tran will be able to get them over with quicker.
“I am taking three tests within two days, so it will be nice just to get them all done together,” said Tran, “and then relax afterwards because I won’t have to worry about another one.”
Mary Ciccone-Cook recognizes the inflexibility of AP scheduling due to the fact that all students across the nation must start the test at the same time to prevent cheating.
“Part of what they have to deal with is the fact that they have students all over the country taking the test with the different time zones,” said Cook. “They try to schedule it as conveniently as possible but somewhere along the lines, some students are going to have some conflicts.”
Because there’s nothing to be done about the scheduling set by the College Board, students should consider the testing schedule while signing up for AP classes.
“They need to look at the testing schedule,” said Cook, “and ask, ‘Do I really want to do this to myself?’”