Arrowhead Students Prepare For AP Tests

Lily Maclean, Reporter

From May 6th through the 10th and May 13th through the 17th, AP testing for high school students will begin. Arrowhead students in AP classes are beginning to study for their exams.

According to Studypoint, “The AP curriculum, administered by The College Board, consists of standardized high school courses that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses. After completing an AP class, students typically take the AP exam in that subject, which can earn them credits and accelerated placement in college.”

Arrowhead is providing the following tests: AP US Government and Politics, AP Chinese Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Physics 1, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, AP German Language, AP US History, AP Studio Art, AP Physics 2, AP Biology, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Human Geography, AP English Language, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, AP World History, AP Music Theory, AP Microeconomics, AP Computer Science A.

Each AP exam costs 94 dollars.

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In preparation for these exams, Arrowhead students are creating their own strategies.

Alli Hofkamp, an Arrowhead junior, is taking the AP Psychology exam on May 9th. She says she has already started studying.

Hofkamps says, “I’m studying like two weeks in advance with my friends and we’re going to the coffee shop. We are doing each unit at a time. Then we are going to review the units that we had a rough time on, and we are quizzing each other. So, it’s a lot of work.”

Hofkamp says she doesn’t feel completely prepared yet, but she hopes that with more studying, she’ll begin to feel more secure on the curriculum.

Another junior, PJ Duimstra, is currently taking AP Physics II, AP European History, and AP Language on May 10th, 8th, and 15th, respectively. He will be taking the AP test for all of them.

Duimstra says realistically, he won’t be studying for any of his exams. He hopes the course work up to this point will be enough to prepare him.

Carson Anderson, an Arrowhead junior, is currently taking AP Psychology, AP Language, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Physics II on May 9th, 15th, and 10th, respectively. He will also be taking all of the AP exams for his classes.

Anderson says, “I’m doing my best to study. But, you know, there’s always so much going on.”

Anderson feels he is well prepared for some of his exams while a few need a bit more studying.

Arrowhead junior, Anthony Polentini, is taking AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics II, and AP Statistics on May 15th, 10th, and 16th, respectively. He will be taking all of the exams for his AP courses as well.

Polentini says, “My exams are structured so that I have one one week and the other two are pretty much back to back days. So what I’m going to do is study for the first one exclusively the weekend before and probably a little bit during that week before too. And then, once that exam’s done, I’m going to start doing Stats and Physics.”  

Hofkamp says, “I’m just excited for them to be over.”