TEST TALK: Outside reading aids Anna Wiley in AP exam

The Octagon will be running Q&A’s with students taking AP exams over the course of the next two weeks, May 4-15. AP exams, which are more than three hours long, are graded on a scale of 1-5 (5 is the highest.) Exams include a multiple-choice section and a free-response section. Senior Anna Wiley took the AP English Literature and Composition exam on Wednesday, May 6.

Q: How was the exam?

A: It wasn’t that hard. I liked the multiple-choice component of the test because the answers to the questions were right there and we got to read really interesting material. Although I didn’t enjoy writing essays for two hours.

Q: How did you feel before the test started?

A: Fine, except I was dreading the essays.

Q: How were the breaks?

A: We had one 10-minute break. (Teacher) Dr. (Ron) Bell brought us pastries and brownies.

Q: Is there anything you wish you’d done differently to prepare for the exam?

A: No, I didn’t study, but in class we looked at old AP questions. I wasn’t expecting it to be that hard of an AP since I only need to get a 70 percent, and for the most part it was an easy exam

Q: How do you think you did?

A: I think I did well. Hopefully I get a 5, but you never know.

Q: Do you have any advice for future AP English students?

A: Read outside of class because it helps you understand the passages more easily and quickly. On the test you can’t just rely on books that you’ve read in class because they may not fit the prompt of a specific question.