9 Thoughts Everyone Has During AP Exams

9 Thoughts Everyone Has During AP Exams

We have all been there, and hopefully I'm not the only one who's had the sudden urge to break into song and dance.


I hope that in reading this, you can realize you are not the only person thinking this... Or that I am not the only one.

1. OK, I need to budget my time.

If you are like me, the largest issue you have while taking a standardized test is being able to finish in time. For some reason, I feel the need to second-guess every answer I choose, which causes me to sacrifice lots of time. Thus, my immediate thought is that I need to organize my time, and so I make a loose schedule, which usually I end up abandoning.

But, hey, "A" for effort, right?

2. Do I really need the AP credit?

As a coping mechanism for feelings of being unprepared, it is common to debate with yourself whether you really need the credit you're attempting to earn. It is a very real possibility that the school you're planning on attending, or applying to, does not accept credit for the AP tests you are taking.

In this case, you have nothing to worry about! You could spend the entire time writing an essay on the issues of standardized testing instead of your analysis of the rhetorical strategies Margaret Thatcher used in a speech, and it wouldn't make a difference.

3. I can't wait to see the memes on Twitter...

No matter what AP test you are taking, most students will agree that the most rewarding part of the entire process is getting to understand and relate to all the memes created with inside jokes from the test. It doesn't matter if you took the test a month ago, or a day ago; the memes will never not be funny.

Besides, is CollegeBoard really going to cancel all of our scores? I didn't think so.

4. I'm really thirsty, but I also have to use the bathroom.

Again, if you are like me, you have an issue finding the perfect medium of being hydrated and needed to use the bathroom every two seconds. This is a common thing I experience while testing. I may or may not have left in the middle of the math section of the ACT to use the bathroom.

5. What would happen if I decided to break out into song and dance?

OK, so this one might just be me, but I can't lie. This is a thought I have had multiple times while testing. The silence basically calls for a classic Broadway-style dance number. I mean, really, what would happen? Would I get scolded at? Would others join in? The possibilities are endless!

I'd probably get kicked out, but imagine!

6. I wonder what others are writing about.

No matter how confident I feel in my thoughts and answers, I can't help but wonder what everyone else has written about, or how they solved a certain problem. I think that this is inevitable, though, because it is pretty normal for AP tests to have relatively subjective answers. Confidence is the key to success, so when possible, trust your gut.

7. I am already dreading when everyone compares answers and I answered completely differently from everyone else.

I think most people can identify the one friend who always complains saying "I did not do well at all," or "I completely failed," but then ends up doing the best out of the whole class. For me, most of the people taking the AP test alongside me are these kinds of people. One of the more dreadful parts of AP testing is when everyone compares answers, to which it is revealed I did not have one single answer the same as anyone else.

8. How am I supposed to wait until July for my results?

Personally, I think one of the more irritating parts of AP tests is the fact that you have to wait two months before you can access your scores. There is nothing more tedious than sitting idly by for something so significant to your high school career. But as they say, "A watched pot never boils!"

9. Why do I give in to the ridiculous expectations of standardized testing? 

For a few years now, I have become aware of just how inaccurate and unfair standardized testing is. A question that often occurs in my mind while testing is why I even allow myself to conform to these tests. How is a change supposed to occur when those who have issues with something cannot stand up against the cause?

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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