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Sunny Hills students, teachers finding College Board’s not budging much on their appeals regarding low scores from modified online exams

A sample College Board response email regarding a potential change in scores for Advanced Placement tests.

Kate Yang

October 2, 2020

This is the second of a two-part series focusing on the May 2020 Advanced Placement [AP] scores released earlier this summer. In response to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down testing locations worldwide, the College Board had severely modified its exams to the point that it was administered on...

‘We killed it:’ Sunny Hills principal cites College Board report showing more than three-fourths of students passed their May 2020 Advanced Placement exams — the highest passing percentage over the past four years

An infographic for the national score distribution of AP Human Geography text takers last year.

Kate Yang

September 26, 2020

This is the first of a two-part series focusing on the May 2020 Advanced Placement scores released earlier this summer. In response to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down testing locations worldwide, the College Board had severely modified its exams to the point that it was administered online for s...

Many find modified, online AP exam easier to take, though a few plan to take makeup tests in June after experiencing technical issues with submitting their responses

Elijah Jhee

May 29, 2020

The online modified Advancement Placement [AP] exams were much easier for many Sunny Hills students who took them throughout most of this month, but some experienced technical difficulties and have opted for a makeup exam in June. “I’m pretty confident I got at least a 3 or higher on my exams,” said Syd...

May 11: Chapman University, don’t expect me to receive 4s or higher on all my AP tests

From the comfort of her own home, senior Michelle Buckley uses her smartphone to take a picture of herself as she prepares for her May 21 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics exam by writing her ID number and initials at the top of each scratch paper.

Michelle Buckley

May 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] When I firs...

Editorial: 45-minute, free-response Advanced Placement tests definitely worth taking

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Krishna Thaker

May 12, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, schools have adapted to alternative methods of education by switching to online learning, which has been hard for many Sunny Hills students.  Concerns over cheating and formatting have led many national academic tests, such as the SAT and ACT, to be canceled ...

IB cancels all April and May exams because of coronavirus-related school closures worldwide

Seniors worry about being eligible to receive their International Baccalaureate diploma following the program's decision to cancel all exams this school year. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

Unlike the College Board that has gone on to offer a much abbreviated Advanced Placement exam for its various subjects next month, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has issued a statement canceling all tests between April 30 and May 22, prompting many seniors to feel anxious about receiving...

Coronavirus pandemic will not deter College Board from offering a 45-minute, free response online version for all AP exams

The College Board's March 20 tweet reveals that Advanced Placement testing will still be offered amid the coronavirus crisis -- the earliest in May -- with each subject exam comprising a 45-minute, free-response section instead of a multiple choice that students can take from home. Hand completing a multiple choice exam by Alberto G. 2UqYwRv license under CC BY 2.0

Tyler Pak

March 22, 2020

This story was updated March 24 at 3:17 p.m. with a teacher reaction quote to the College Board's decision about testing students from home. The College Board announced via Twitter on March 20 that it’s developing ways to test students signed up for Advanced Placement [AP] tests from their homes...

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