Advanced Placement examinations begin

Starting today, students at Southwest Career and Technical Academy will begin testing for their respective Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Teachers have been preparing students for the examinations since the beginning of the school year to ensure passing rates of AP scores ranging from three to five.

“I feel ready to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam after taking a bunch of practice tests and timed essays in Mr. Justin Orapello’s class. We’ve honestly gone through so much material in class that I would be surprised if I don’t achieve the score that I want,” senior Cassandra Bamba said.

Teachers who teach AP classes, such as World History, Physics B, and Calculus AB, have been recreating examination settings by administering drill tests during class and after school.

“I have planned a full practice test for my students this Saturday so they can have a feel of the timing when they take the real exam on May 9,” AP Calculus teacher Mr. Mike Lane said.

AP Coordinator Mrs. Paige DeSantis distributed information to each student taking an exam. In the packet she provided, students were given a list of items that are allowed, as well as those that are prohibited, in the testing room.

“Get a good night’s rest before your exam, and eat a nutritious breakfast. [Students] are allowed to bring a snack and beverage for your 10-minute break,” DeSantis said.

To view the testing times and dates for each exam, refer to the College Board or the SWCTA events calendar on our main page. If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact Mrs. DeSantis as soon as possible.