AP Testing faults

By Julia Magnan, Page Editor

Every year, students who take advanced placement classes are given the opportunity to take the AP exam in May. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AP exams have been given to students online, ensuring that they will be able to take their tests even with schools being closed. Students were given the choice between two testing dates; one in May and one in June. This year’s tests were dramatically cut in size and reduced to only 45 minutes per exam in order to allow students a fair test from home, while also not taking  too much time away from their busy schedules as students.

Two days prior to a student’s exam, the College Board, the organization that hosts the AP exams, sent out an email containing an E-ticket which gave students access to their AP ID, as well as their exam. The exams this year, though significantly reduced in size, will still count for college credit at most colleges. 

Though testing went smoothly for most students taking the exam, an estimated 220,000 students still had trouble submitting their exams due to a variety of complications that arose from the new process. 

According to www.forbes.com, there is a lawsuit being filed against the College Board on behalf of the students who took the online test and experienced technical difficulties.

According to Forbes.com, The College Board is being sued on behalf of all high school students who took the exam. This lawsuit calls for $500 Million in monetary relief, and demands that students’ answers must be counted. 

Sophomore Nicholas LoPorto was one of thousands of students who experienced one of the different faults of the online test. 

For one, the website barely loaded half the time, and was very confusing,” LoPorto said. “When I went to turn the thing in, I couldn’t find my file anywhere, and when I did the website wasn’t loading properly.”