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AP Testing.

In Conciousness on May 12, 2011 at 10:23 am


The past few weeks have been very hectic for me. Or at least, I thought they were.

I had my first AP test of my high school career two days ago on May 9, 2011. I took the AP Biology exam, and I thought it went pretty okay. Actually, it was slightly easier than I had expected it to be. But on the other hand, it was also unexpected because the exam barely covered animal physiology and plants which are supposed to make up at least 15% of the exam and instead, ecology made up a majority of the exam.

This was an important test for me as it was the ONLY chance to show what I had learned during the whole year. It was quite frightening to think that all the work I had done during the whole year would be determined by one single exam. Therefore, I was under a lot of pressure and stress. In the process, I think I made myself believe that I was very busy and was pressed for time.

However, now that I look back at it, I wasn’t that busy and I had plenty of time. I actually had less homework and tests than I used to have, and I was pretty prepared for my exam as I started studying for it since mid February. It was my mindset that made me feel so pressured. I simply assumed that AP exams = lots of work & studying = stress. I was the very person who had imposed all the stress on me. If I had positive thoughts and was more confident in myself, I probably would have done as well or even better on the exam without being so despaired.

APs not only provided me with a change to prove my knowledge but also reminded me that how you think about things makes all the difference. I’m done with my APs for this year, but I’ll definitely keep what I learned in mind for next year when I have to take five exams…