July 5th is quickly approaching, which means that the first rounds of students will soon be able to access their AP Scores.
The College Board receives many questions about the AP exams. Some of the most commonly asked questions are answered below.
Q: Why are AP Exam release dates staggered by geographical location?
A: Our website can only handle so many users at one time. We stagger release dates in order to limit website traffic, and therefore lessen the risk of the site crashing.
Q: What does the College Board do with the money made from AP exams?
A: The College Board uses the money to pay for materials to make the exams, as well as to take care of administrative costs. Excess funds are used for the College Board’s Star Wars Initiative, which will build a full-scale, fully functional Death Star at a cost of approximately $4 quadrillion dollars. At the rates we are currently charging for our tests, we expect to have the project funded completely by next year.
Q: What does the College Board do with the tests once they have been graded?
A: Exams receiving scores of 3, 4, or 5 are burned at our annual College Board bonfire. Exams receiving a score of 1 or 2 are sent to every college in the United States, with a picture of the AP student stapled to the front and the message “Do not admit this student to your institution at any point in time. This student has failed to succeed on a completely irrelevant test that measures nothing more than their ability to memorize- this irrelevant failure means that they must be banned from college forever.”
Q: If I am dissatisfied with my score, can I have my AP exam re-scored?
A: Yes. To do this, you must first sacrifice a goat while chanting “College Board, College Board, I give my life to thee”. You must then stuff the goat’s entrails in an envelope with a $1000 check made out to the College Board; next, send the envelope to the College Board headquarters via direct mail; the address is on the official College Board website. Once received, we will discard the entrails, pretend to re-score your test, and then put your $1000 towards our Star Wars Initiative.
I have a lot of complaints about the CollegeBoard and I understand that some things cannot be easily changed, but I honestly do not understand why the CollegeBoard cannot provide students with their essay scores and how many multiple choice questions they got wrong as a default with the AP Score Report. Giving students the ability to understand their performances on an AP should be a priority, and their bare minimum score system does not do that justice. Students, for the most part, want to know where on that broad spectrum of a score they fall: were they a 3 that was just barely a 2 or just barely a 4? They want to know of they did worse on the multiple choice or the essays. They want to know how close they were to the score they wanted and how much more they needed to push to get there. Things like this *matter* and the fact that the CollegeBoard opts for the easiest method really speaks to what actually matters to them (hint: it’s not the well-being of students).
As many of you have gotten/are about toget AP scores back, I want to remind everyone of a few things:
-The AP program is meant to provide students with the opportunity to learn college-level material while still in high school. To a college, the AP scores of an incoming freshman serve as the ability to place out of introductory classes. That’s it. It’s just a kind of placement test, nothing more. That being said, don’t despair if you didn’t do as well on an AP as you had hoped. All that means is you might need to take one more class in college. You’re not a lesser person if you got a bad score on an AP.
-The AP program is weirdly focused and structured so even if you do good/bad on a specific subject you might have a completely different experience with it in college, and that’s okay.
-If you’re not a senior and plan on sending your scores to colleges as part of the application process, don’t worry either. You might not want to send them a really low score, but in regards to the application process what colleges mostly look at is the fact that you took the class at all (”rigor of schedule” is what many schools like to call it). Colleges also look at so many other factors that a good or bad score might not even make a difference, and that’s okay.
-Everyone has their bad days and there are hundreds of reasons why you might not have gotten the score you wanted. Don’t dwell on it. You also don’t know how close/far away you were from the thresholds to each score, so don’t sweat it.
-On the flip side, a 5 doesn’t mean you’re god’s gift to humanity. By all means be proud of your accomplishments, but remember to stay humble. College will be a huge transition for everyone; the fact that you got a 5 on x AP won’t matter when you’re sitting in your college classes.
Regardless of the score you got, you made it through the year and the test and I’m proud of all of you–you should be too.
Repeat after me: I am more than a score. It neither defines me nor defines my future. I am strong, intelligent, and capable of achieving my goals. I am worthy of success and I will continue to work hard and strive for greatness because I know I can, and I know I will.
after checking my scores, i felt like i should have been embarrassed that i made a 1 on my ap calculus ab exam, but then i remembered that i drew a potato on the free response section of the test and my score kind of makes a lot of sense.