As AP tests go online, students and teachers concerned about loss of prep time

The AP announced changes to testing this year, due to COVID-19. Students are taking their college placement tests from home this year, and many students and teachers are worried they are not prepared.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has prevented students from doing many things such as attending graduation, going to their last prom, and taking tests that they have been preparing for since they were at the beginning of their high school careers such as AP and SAT exams. Specifically, Everett students are struggling a lot right now. The fact that they can’t take these tests is a big part of their stress.

The College Board, the organization that administers SAT and PSAT tests, already canceled SAT tests that were scheduled for June. 

”To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020,” said The College Board on their website.

Many teachers are concerned about students taking their exams.

”I am nervous for them, yes, ” said AP Biology teacher Stephanie Robinson. ”I am nervous because we missed out on a lot of time in class to cover material and to review for the exam,” Robinson said.

Robinson, as well as many others, think that students missed out on many things due to the school being closed. Distance learning couldn’t make up for time spent face to face with students.

”I usually do several practice exams and review sessions after school in April and May and that did not happen, ” said Robinson. ”There are whole sections we did not cover in class because of the closure.”

Nevaeh Faulkner, a Junior at Everett, also missed out on things that are important to her.

”I miss out on mostly volunteering work I would’ve done through the school, ” said Faulkner. Nevaeh says she also missed out on theater.

Some students may not feel prepared for the exams, but their teachers are trying their best to help.

”I created a Google Classroom and have posted information and resources in it for them,” said Robinson. “I have shared information about exam changes and updates as the College Board has made decisions.  I have watched the videos made by the College Board, and we have had Google Meets three days a week for the past several weeks to discuss them.”

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