More than an AP test

Tips and tricks for this year's tests

Robert Carpenter, Staff Writer

Many students stress themselves sick over the impending overhaul of doom that we commonly refer to as the Advanced Placement exam.

All AP teachers have their own strategies of reducing the test-induced anxiety. Not so surprisingly though, many of these strategies show major similarities.

“One of the best ways to prep for the best ways to prep for the exam is to not wait for the last minute because cramming is not going to help you at all,” said AP Government and Politics teacher Drummond.

One of the most important strategies is that starting preparation early will increase memory and significantly decrease test-induced anxiety.

“Also, one of the best things is probably looking at release tests, looking at the tests that they’ve released for anyone to look at, knowing what they are going to ask,” said AP Literature teacher Lingenfelter.

Across the board teachers will agree, there is much to be learned from the past. What the past shows can and will show up in the future.

Even though these strategies are highly helpful, it is also important to recognize the true intent of the Millard School District and the AP program.

MPS started the initiative for all students to take at least one AP course and test over the course their high school careers.

Even though this initiative is not held against the student, it is highly recommended in order to provide the student with an experience extremely important for college preparation.

“Even if you’re not going to send your score away, to get whatever you can in terms of credits or placement, the act of sitting there and taking a test like that. Its huge for experience,” said Administer Bayne.

Even though both students and teachers want high scores on the test, it is important to remember that the test score is simply a trivial number. The only thing of importance is the experience of the AP course and test