Midterm Breakdown

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With almost half the school year complete, midterm season rolls around once again. As testing approaches and quarter two grades finalize, it’s important to know exactly how the next two weeks will go. Here’s what you need to know:

Teachers should have already posted their study guides for students . Some study guides are mandatory and need to be turned in for a grade, as they include activities and practice questions. 

To find posted study guides, check Planbook, Google Classroom or Portal. Among these school websites, there are multiple places for study guides to be posted. (Photo/Zoe Horwitz)

Thursday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 14 are review days; no more material will be taught as these days will be spent preparing for the test. All students who are on campus must report to their classes, regardless of their exemption status. 

Exemption forms are due Jan. 14 by 4 p.m. To be eligible for exemption, students must meet the criteria of having “A” average in the course. They also must have never been caught cheating, plagiarizing or being dishonest academically. If these standards are not reached, the midterm exam is mandatory. Seventh graders through sophomores are able to exempt one midterm, and juniors can exempt two. Seniors with an “A” average may be exempt from all midterms. See here for more on exam exemption.

Midterms will take place Jan. 18-21, following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first three days will have two exams, the first starting at 8 a.m. and the second starting at 10 a.m. The last day has make-up testing in place of a second official class exam. Each midterm will last an hour and 35 minutes. Buses leave at 4 p.m. with the exception of Friday, Jan. 21, when they will leave at noon. (Graphic/Zoe Horwitz)

It is vital to arrive on time for all midterms. Tardy students risk not completing their test due to lost time or worse, not being allowed in the classroom. Students must wear their uniforms during testing.

“Do not stress out about exams; they are only twenty percent of the semester grade and in most cases, don’t change the grade that much. Our goal is for you to learn to prepare for the types of exams you may see in college, but we do not believe that the semester exam should have the same impact on grades that exams have in college,” Mrs. Blum said. “Make sure to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast before testing. Relax, prepare, do your best but don’t stress.” 

Zoe Horwitz, an incoming freshman at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, is starting her first year as a writer for the Patriot Post. Besides reading and writing, Zoe spends her time tutoring younger students, playing with her dog, or watching “Legally Blonde.” She also enjoys playing lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and will be trying out for the American Heritage team later in the year. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.

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