By Nate Collins
Well Advanced Placement (AP) students, exams are now in full swing. Break out those textbooks and
Exams will run in two segments, morning and afternoon. Morning sessions begin at 7:30 while afternoon
sessions begin at 11:30 am each day. The tests, which are given either in the East or West Gym [I think
that the language exams are in the language lab – check on this.] at Central or at the ESC depending
on the number of students taking a given exam, require students to demonstrate college-level mastery of
material covered since September 2012. Based on their performance, they can receive anywhere from a
1 to a 5 and possibly college credit.
This year, “803 total exams will be given, which is a school record, including 7 Special Service exams,
also a school record,” said Dr. MaryJo Hecker, a Head of Counseling and AP Coordinator here at Central.
Although they have been preparing for the exams all year, most AP classes shift test prep into high gear
at this point in the year. Some teachers give students exam review packets and asked them to review all
previous notes and quizzes passed back. Although students feel the lengthy packets are overwhelming,
most teachers advise them that they are the best way to study.
“This year, my AP Class has really been geared toward preparing us for the exam, all the review packets
and study guides have really helped me in preparing”, said sophomore Ben Vigliarolo, who is studying for
his U.S History exam.
New to the AP world this year are teachers Frau Robinson and Chip Hebert. Robinson, a German
teacher, will have students taking the AP German exam for the first time and has prepared them all year
“Throughout the year we’ve worked with authentic German texts that are geared toward topics that the
test covers. We’ve been doing practice tests for the last month; we’ve been practicing with an on-line AP
Training website Shmoop.com. We’ve been practicing high-frequency vocabulary and students have
received packets of phrases and tips specific to the AP German exam,” said Robinson.
No matter how well prepared their teachers may feel they are, many AP students feel nervous going into
exams. Not only does the review work scare, but also students fear the possibility of the exams not going
“It is kind of scary knowing that my first AP exam is coming. It is also a lot of pressure knowing that you
HAVE to do well or you have to retake it, which costs money,” said Vigliarolo.
Students who have some or all of their tests at Central brings relief because students know they will be
testing in a familiar place. “It is definitely more comforting knowing that I don’t have to go to a strange
place to take my exam. I like having them here at Central,” said sophomore Michael Kruezer, who will
take the AP U.S. History exam.
The morning AP exams include Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science A, Spanish,
Calculus AB and BC, English Literature and Composition, Studio Art, Biology, Music, U.S Government
and Politics, German, U.S History, and World History. While the afternoon AP exams include Physiology,
Art History, Chinese Language and Culture, Statistics, Physics B and C, Mechanics, Comparative
Government and Politics, French, European History, and Microeconomics. Good luck students!