September 22, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

AP Exams: Isn’t it too expensive?

Last month, as students received the papers that announced the monstrous costs for the AP Exams, a loud rumble of disgruntle passed through the crowd as they stared at the three digit number that laughed mockingly at them. Just a couple weeks after receiving the horrific news that brought them back to reality, they had to grudgingly bring checks of a huge sums of money to the career center. Many darkly joked that they will be in debt before they even get to college as they brought their loaded checks to the office.

“I took multiple AP classes this year, but the final cost came out to be too expensive, so I’m only going take one…since it’s not like I’m going to get 5’s on ALL of them,” said James Mahoney (12). The cost of the AP exams are so high, that many are choosing to not take them at all. Many fear that they won’t pass and waste a bunch of benjamins for nothing.

 “The AP exams are overpriced in my personal opinion because the CollegeBoard is supposed to be a non-profit organization,” said Anna Zheng (10). The reasons why the AP Exams are so expensive is because the CollegeBoard needs to pay people to correct and create questions for the test, but is that a valid reason for why people have to pay hundreds to take the tests that they worked for an entire year for?

Financial aid is always an option…but only for low-income families. There are many students who are caught in the middle. They are not eligible for financial aid, however they are not able to comfortably dish out around $300 at the spur of a moment.

Paying for AP Exams is like a gamble…it could end happily with a 5 and a happy you. Or it could end with a fail and a couple hundreds down the drain. Aren’t AP Exams too overpriced for such a high-risk game?

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Drawn by Ellen Zhu

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