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AP testing raises concerns for students

Last spring, all AP students took their tests from home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nimisa Panda, Staff Writer

September 30, 2020

When senior Thomas Files signed up to take five AP tests last May, he had no clue what was in store for him. Instead of taking just five tests like he expected, he was forced to take a total of 10 tests because of glitches in the system the College Board set up for pandemic test-takers. The most recent...

Did Class of ’21 really get it done?

School was cancelled halfway into the junior class' CAASPP testing. What will become of their promised carnival?

Shannah Saul, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

I’m definitely not the first to say or feel this: I am straight up not having a good time right now. School has been pretty much canceled through the rest of the year and with it, every fun activity. We have lost graduation, senior ball, junior prom, spring sports and shows, spring trips, senior...

Colleges place too much importance on SAT scores

Maddy Klessel, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Colleges need to start looking beyond a one-time standardized test taken within four hours to determine who gets accepted to their schools. The SAT and ACT are over analyzed by colleges in order to make a life altering decision for potential students.  The SAT contains reading, writing, and two mat...

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (NO)

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (NO)

Kate Hong, A&E Editor

May 29, 2019

Every May, high school students nationwide stress out over taking Advanced Placement exams for their AP classes.  For many students who take these test, the question arises: Is it worth it? AP tests are not worth the time and trouble because they create undue stress and results often don...

AP tests see a price hike this year

Increasing test prices are causing many students at Cal High to wonder how their money is actually being used. Schools throughout the district have varying prices that students pay to take their AP tests, but that could change next year.

Julia Tjan, News Editor

March 29, 2017

Everyone knows what time of the year it is when the 5 Steps to a 5, Princeton Review, and Crash Course books come out. That’s right, it’s AP test time.  The pressure not only to pass but to get a 5 starts to emanate not only from parents with high expectations but from the students themselves.  The...

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