2021 AP Testing

AP testing is in full effect at Travelers Rest High and at schools around the world. With the Coronavirus as a main concern of the College Board. Last year, students took abbreviated tests on their devices at home. This caused much debate about the accuracy of scores and the fairness of the tests, so the College Board made many changes to this year’s exam schedule. AP Exams this year are offered in two formats, virtual and in-person. Students wishing to take virtual exams had to register in advance through their schools and practice on their devices with the new test program. At TRHS, all students took AP exams in person at school. This is still different from years past because typically Travelers Rest students are given their AP examinations at Furman University. Furman University, however, remains closed to the public and continues to maintain strict Covid-19 precautions. 

The College Board offered three dates for each test: one set of in-person tests given throughout May, one set of virtual exams, and one set of in-person tests given in June. Collegeboard.org says this offering was to help students out, and that schools will decide which exams are offered. This sparked controversy and some confusion with students, but ultimately it was up to individual schools to decide how tests were administered.

The AP, or Advanced Placement, courses offered at Travelers Rest High are as follows: Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Human Geography, US History, World History, Spanish, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition. These courses allow students an opportunity to gain college credit and prepare for higher education. APs are offered in more than 60 countries across the globe. More information about AP Courses can be found on the College Board website at collegeboard.org.