Exacting AP Exams

Monday, May 09, 2022 - By: Sebastian M, Privett ‘22

From May 2nd until May 13th, over two million students worldwide will be writing their Advanced Placement exams. With over 200 students here at Brentwood writing an AP exam, the campus is currently pushing through its May academic climax.

Students have been preparing for these exams since the beginning of the year, and in some cases with the science courses, even two years. These Advanced Placement courses are known for being very academically rigorous, so many of the students taking multiple AP courses find themselves really challenged - pushed to their limits.

Typically, students will receive their AP exam results in July. The scoring for each exam is done on a scale from 1 to 5, with a 5 being the highest score. Not only can these scores be very meaningful when applying to universities, they can also provide you with university credits for your post-secondary courses, if you earn a score of 4 or 5.

AP Physics 12 teacher, Mrs Olszewski, elaborates, “Even if a student does not plan to use the credits, the experience of being exposed to higher level content, complexity and examination style will be of benefit to them in their post-secondary endeavors. As [my students’] AP Physics exams approach, I feel excitement and pride of how far they have come and how hard they have worked.”

Many students, especially those attending universities in the United States, do end up using some of the AP credits they have earned. However, this is not the case for all students. Aiden F, Whittall ‘22 explains his reasoning for taking several AP courses: “I have quite a few important AP exams right now, but I chose to take these courses more just because I think the difficulty will help prepare me better for university course content next year”.

The school’s Head of Academics, Mrs Murtland, talks a bit about the importance of AP courses and exams at Brentwood, “For many students, [AP courses] are opportunities to get the background knowledge that will help them to be successful in their first year of post-secondary study. For others, AP courses provide a rigor in pace and depth of learning that they are looking for. What we hear from Old Brentonians is that they are well prepared after challenging themselves with the AP courses at Brentwood.”

Although these AP courses can be very demanding, they are a huge part of what students can do to get the most out of their experience at Brentwood. Best of luck to all the students on their exams!

Sebastian M, Privett ‘22

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