There are many schools across the country who offer Advanced Placement (AP) exams but it is more common among prestigious and high achieving schools. The AP exams should be offered to students in less prestigious schools. It will help the school’s academic image and give an opportunity to less fortunate students who are unable to afford a private school but are capable of applying themselves and doing well on these exams. It will also provide them with more options when it comes to college selection.
Paying less in college and helping a school rise to the top are not the only benefits of administering the AP exam as it also helps students with a very valuable asset---time. Saving time and making every second count is crucial when it comes to collegiate level academics and the AP exam covers that. From the author’s perspective in this article, why would a student who is majoring in engineering, for example, take a Calculus II class when he already took AP calculus in high school and received full credit? Not only does the student not have to pay for the class, he can jump straight into higher level math classes.
The author understands that the implementation of the AP exams comes with some negatives such as “restrictions on what can be taught, focus on an exam instead of perhaps true content mastery and intellectual curiosity, cost-prohibitive fees for low-income students.” I think the solution is to use the AP exam as a way to make college easier, financially and time efficient. Will schools be taught solely for the exam? Allow it. Use the AP exam as a way to get more students into college while still being able to have them pay less and focus more on what they want to study.