Issue 8 Magazine News

Advanced Placement or Annoying and Perplexing?

AP tests are widely known for the extremity of the course and various other rumours. This article is written to debunk the rumours and here for the people actually taking these classes. AP stands for advanced placement courses; they are accelerated classes that are worth college credits. At the end of each course there is a test, typically 2-5 hours long, that goes over all the content learned. Because these courses run on a specific timeline so students can be prepared for the scheduled test, the classes are usually fast-paced and are less flexible when it comes to extra time. Although they are typically labeled “hard core,” if you are passionate about the subject or are looking for a challenge, then it is easy to be dedicated and work hard. Choe Shin, who takes AP Human Geography, talked about the hardest part of the course: “The reading and homework is typically 3-6 hours a night. It’s a lot if you’re taking other hard classes.” Marcus Lin takes AP Environmental Science. The AP teacher left halfway through the  year on maternity leave, and Marcus doesn’t feel he has been properly prepared for the upcoming AP test. “The hardest part for me is the AP test because we aren’t prepared for it very well.” So are AP classes actually worth it? YiYing Zhang, a freshman taking AP Mandarin, enjoys the challenge of the course: “I like the class because it helps me prove to other people that I know Mandarin.” AP classes, though rigorous, have shown to make huge improvements in adolescent intelligence. They help you prepare for college, strengthen your transcript, and get a head start on college credits. When you have a passion for a specific subject, taking an AP can help you to grow in that area of your life and learn about something you love.