AP exams are months away, but the uncertainty of whether students are going to be fully prepared for them is already on the minds of everyone.
The College Board recently announced that unlike last year, students will be tested on the "full course content." AP teachers are scrambling as many high schools have dealt with changing schedules, late starts to the school year, and not as much time to get through the curriculum.
Should students take these exams, regardless of whether all of the content was taught in a well-paced manner?
So what happens if a student knows that it is in their best interest to not take an AP exam this May but they have already paid for the test? The College Board indicates on its website that there are no fees if a student chooses not to take a test they already paid and registered for. But the tricky part about getting a refund is that high schools collect the fees from families, not the College Board. Families should contact the high school's AP coordinator in advance to make sure they will be refunded. It is my hope that high schools will refund families if the student decides not to take an AP exam. That's the honest thing to do.