Test What You’ve Learned for a Year: Advanced Placement - Dragons News

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Test What You’ve Learned for a Year: Advanced Placement

Photograph by Diana H.
By Diana H.

During the second and third weeks of May, students at Korea International School, Jeju (KISJ) take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The exam is an opportunity for students to test and show the knowledge they have gained in the classes over the year.

Advanced Placement is a program that allows high school students to take college level courses. There are more than 30 AP courses administered and taught worldwide, and among them, 17 subjects are offered at KISJ: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History, World History, Chinese Language and Culture, Studio Art 2-D, Seminar, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Macroeconomics, Environmental Science, Psychology, Physics, and Statistics.

AP classes are taught just like normal courses for the whole school year, and the final examination happens during the early two weeks of May. The score for every course comes out in a scale of 1 to 5, and 3 is known to be the “passing score.” In general, about 10% of the test takers receive the highest score. A lot of universities accept high scores equivalent as college credits, which gives an incentive for students to work hard to score high in the exam. Considering that, it is common to see students taking AP classes that are connected to what they want to study in the future. If that is not the case, they typically select classes that would interest them or would benefit them when they go to college. Grade 12 student Kate K. said she is planning on majoring in chemistry. “I took several math and science classes, such as chemistry, biology, calculus, because I am interested in learning them.

Having high AP exam scores on a college application strengthens the ability of a student as an applicant. Therefore, performing well on AP tests is significant for their academic records because juniors apply for colleges in September. Rather than for college application, seniors take the exam to receive college credits. This applies to one Grade 12 student Jinhee I., yet she is not the only one. "Since I'm majoring in chemical engineering, it is important for me to do well on AP Biology, Environmental Science, and Statistics exams, which are all related courses." 
About the author
Diana is a grade 12 student at KISJ.  
She is a current Honors Journalism student.

As mentioned earlier, AP courses cover math, science, language, and humanities. Because every subject requires different methods to master the knowledge, students should approach differently in preparing for the exam. Senior students shared their experience and provided some advice, hoping to help juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.






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