To say that the AP tests stress students out is an understatement to say the least.
The tests reflect what students have been studying since the first day of school. All of the work that students have put in leads to an exam that gives them college credit if they pass or make them feel horrible for wasting so much time on a class because they don’t pass.
AP classes, depending on the teacher, can give students little to no work or so much work that students only get a few hours of sleep. However, the workload is usually in between these two extremes and can help determine how ready a student is for the AP test.
For example, if a student does not get any homework and just gets class work, that student would not be as prepared for the test as a student who had homework almost every night and worked very hard to pass the class.
Yet, some teachers need to also realize that the amount of work they give students can also determine how well a student will do on the test. Students need time off from homework and they do need sleep, because if a student has too much work, then they most likely will not do a lot of it.
AP teachers need to realize that students might have up to four AP classes a day, which leads to a lot of work.
Students also need to have a life. If they are overloaded on homework and can’t spend time with their friends and family, the students will eventually reject the homework so that they can have a social life.
There are two morals to this story.
1) Students need to realize that the AP test is just a test and if they screw up, it is not the end of the world.
2) AP teachers need to find the right balance of work so that their students can succeed in the test, manage the rest of their schoolwork and also have a life outside of school.