Another AP Exam season come and gone

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After a year full of content, weeks of review, thousands of plastic seals ripped and a peak in coffee sales at the snack bars, students have finally put the final sticker tabs on their AP Exams for the 2023-24 school year. Let’s see how some students felt about their tests:

For the AP veterans (seniors): how are you feeling about your last AP season?

“I think my exams went well. I took three exams: AP Government and Politics, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Computer Science Principles. I think Government was easy because Dr. Pedrone prepared us very well. I had so much time leftover that I was able to do the multiple choice twice. Literature also went well; we’d repeatedly gone over the essay templates in class so I knew what to say. I expected Computer Science to be challenging, but it was actually easier than I had anticipated,” senior Courtney Lesser said.

“I had four AP Exams: AP Environmental Science, AP Government, AP Psychology and AP Literature and Composition. I think it went fine; we were pretty prepared for all of them so it didn’t require as much extra studying,” senior Jade Muirhead said.

“AP Spanish Literature is definitely one of my most difficult classes, but I love Profe Silva – I’ve had her for three of my four years in high school – and I know she’d make sure we were ready by test day. I had five other AP classes other than Spanish, which were AP Government, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Economics, AP Calculus BC and AP Physics C Mechanics,” senior Anya Pinto said.

Juniors, what about you?

“Social studies is my favorite subject, so I didn’t mind having to study for APUSH. I watched Heimler’s live reviews and attended Mr. Gruskin’s after school lectures. I especially loved his Sawgrass review session where we reviewed multiple choice, ate good food and played with Mr. Gruskin’s dog, Hudson. I for sure got a 4 or 5 on APUSH. I also took AP Language and Composition, which I was a bit nervous for, but luckily the prompts were really good,”  junior Drew Bank said.

“I took six AP exams: AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language, AP United States History, AP Physics C Mechanics and AP Chemistry. Even though they were a little harder than I thought, I think I did well on them so I am not concerned,” junior Andy Kizer said.

“My AP Exams consisted of AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History and AP Physics 1. AP Physics 1 was my biggest concern because the class is challenging and the pass rate is known to be super low, but after taking it, I think it went okay. Mrs. MacNamara is a great teacher,” junior Jaiden Bomar said. 

Sophomores, you’re halfway there: how was your second AP season?

“I am so thankful to Mr. Tavernia for fully preparing me for the AP World History Exam. I felt so confident going into it and I’m so glad I had a teacher like him to help me,” sophomore Aniya Melian said. 

“I thought the AP Precalculus Exam was pretty straightforward. My teacher, Mr. Y, went over example FRQs in class that resembled the ones we saw on the test beforehand so I think I scored well on the AP Exam,” sophomore Gianna Virtuoso said.

Freshmen, after surviving your first AP Exam, what are your thoughts?

“I like AP Human Geography a lot because the information is interesting. The AP Exam was a steal; it was so easy. Mrs. Roisman prepares us very well so I barely had to study,” freshman Alexa Pla said.

“I am in AP Human Geography and I would say the exam was not too bad; Mrs. Roisman prepared us well,” freshman Chidinma Okpala said.

AP Spanish Literature students are all smiles before entering the exam knowing that they would succeed. This class is typically reserved for upperclassmen, primarily seniors with some juniors mixed in, due to its difficulty. (Photo/Melissa Bermudez)

Sophomores Elizabeth Schenker (left), Aniya Melian (center) and Nina Goncalves Vieira celebrate their success with the AP World History Exam by holding up five fingers to represent their score prediction. (Photo/Zoe Horwitz)

Mr. Gruskin hosts his annual Sawgrass food court review session for his AP United States History students two nights before the exam. Over 50 of his 103 total students showed up to review content and go over multiple choice questions from past exams. Students also got to meet Mr. Gruskin’s beloved dog, Hudson. (Photos/Zoe Horwitz and Chloe Zuckerman)

Zoe Horwitz, a junior at American Heritage, returns to the Patriot Post for her third year as the Sports Editor and Assistant Editor-In-Chief. Besides reading and writing, she spends her time playing with her dog or tutoring younger students through Learn with Peers, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2020. During her freshman year, she co-founded FALIA (Food Allergy/Intolerance Awareness) at school, a club that advocates for those with food allergies. Zoe also plays lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.