Rhea of Sunshine: pressure of taking AP tests


Morgan Kong

In this weekly column, Wingspan staff reporter Rhea Advani provides her take on a variety of topics.

Rhea Advani, Staff Reporter

Happy Thursday Redhawks! As we know, the end of the school year is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get ready for AP exams! How exciting… 

Now, there’s a lot of controversy about how if you’re taking an AP class, you have to take the AP test, but I disagree. See, yes obviously if you take the AP test, there are going to be some positives to that (well, if you score high on it), but this isn’t mandatory.

Students should be able to take an AP class just because they want to gain the knowledge, not for one exam at the end of the year. Colleges do look at AP test scores, but they also look at all of the other courses you’ve taken.

A big push factor of this is parents and teachers. They push and pressure students to take the AP exam. Teachers in my opinion spend half of the course just preparing students for the exam itself rather than teaching what’s on the syllabus.

So, if you’re planning on skipping an AP class just because you don’t want to take the AP test, don’t! You can still enjoy the course without the pressure of the AP exam. 

However, if you are taking the AP exam coming up, good luck!