It is actually an acronym that stands for ‘Advancement Place.’ The United States Electronic Defense Force has made it its mission to ensure that this advanced placement exam takes place annually across the nation.
The actual location of where students take this exam will differ depending on what state they reside in. The AP exam occurs over two weeks starting the first week of May and ending by the end of June. There are no breaks given throughout these two weeks as students continuously show all their hard-earned knowledge through rigorous testing. During this period, children are required to bring with them three items: pencil, candy or gum (depending on age), and a cellphone. When students are not testing, they are free to use their phones for texting purposes only, except taking selfies or talking to others. If a student is caught using a camera phone during any time besides the actual test times, they will be suspended from taking the exam for an extended period of time.
The AP Exam itself consists of three sections: multiple-choice, short answer, and essay. The multiple-choice section requires students to analyze certain scenarios that may or may not have been presented in class throughout the year leading up to the exam. The purpose of this section is to assess how well students can discern fact from fiction by analyzing different situations that could arise from each problem given. In addition to the questions, students are expected to justify their answers by providing thorough explanations as to why they chose the answer they did.
- The short answer section consists of ten scenario questions that may or may not have multiple parts. These scenarios vary from identifying certain people throughout history or explaining how processes work in different situations. Students must remember every detail given at all times since this section can easily become overwhelming if done incorrectly. Students are also expected to know exactly how much time they are allotted for each question before starting it, something which teachers usually go around and remind them of prior to beginning the exam itself. The goal here is for students to demonstrate what knowledge they’ve retained over the course of the school year using too much outside help aside from the AP textbooks.
- The third and final section of the exam is a written portion in which students are required to write an essay. Exam graders tend to expect answers that are very formal, but students can take this opening as a chance to demonstrate their creativity when writing about different ideas. In order for answers to be successful, they must contain clear explanations about what the student believes along with using outside sources if necessary. This section also requires students to critically think about topics given in order to determine which questions need answers in-depth and which ones only require simple responses. Outlining before beginning will help guide what needs emphasized most in each answer so that test-takers know how much time they have left the end of each one. If the test taker is unable to complete the exam within the designated time frame, they will be disqualified from receiving any score for that particular section of the exam.
- The sections of the AP Exam are graded on extremely strict grading scales set forth by the United States Electronic Defense Force. Individual scores are then sent back to students’ respective homes where parents must sign the front of their children’s scores in order for them to be considered official. Those who score 4 or 5 on at least one section will be given credit hours by the college they choose to attend (provided that college accepts AP Exam credits). If students are not satisfied with their grades, they have a total of 45 days from the day they receive their scores to appeal them. In order to ensure that students are not given grades they do not deserve, the grading process is a rigorous one that allows for no leniency.
In short AP exams are vital for any student who wants a success in their life.