AP tests set up students for failure


Imagine sitting in a desk, slaving away at a three-hour long test that determines if you get the credit for a class you worked so hard in. This is the reality many students face when taking an AP test. While these tests are supposed to be hard since they’re for students advanced in the subject, they set students up to fail.
While teachers often push their students a little harder to do the work they know they could do, the goal is normally to help students succeed, not push them towards failure. Apparently, the AP tests haven’t gotten with the program. Some have multiple choice questions that have a couple of correct answers, but one has to choose the one that is “most correct” to get it right, while others have impossible math questions that students are expected to be able to use thought process to get an answer, and some just have an unreasonable amount of questions for the time allotted.
Believe it or not, AP tests have come a long way from how they were before, but they’re still designed to trick students. Instead of getting points taken off for an answer that a student guessed wrong, they now only count the questions that are correct, so there’s no penalty for guessing, which is what commonly happens with questions this difficult.
The purpose of AP classes are to push a student, but they’re not meant to set them up for failure, so why would the AP tests do the opposite? While it’s reasonable to expect students in advanced placement classes to be able to work with a harder material, it’s not fair to expect them to think around a test that’s designed to trick them.


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Amery has been involved in journalism for three years. She has been a copy editor, Web Executive Editor, and Yearbook Executive Editor. Amery has plans to attend the University of Iowa in the fall.

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