For the past school year, Governor Livingston students have been working hard in their Advanced Placement classes. From May 6th to May 17th, they took their AP exams.
The Advanced Placement program is run by the College Board. This program offers a variety of AP classes that prepare students for college-level material. In May, students took an AP exam to receive a score between 1 and 5. A passing score is considered a 3 or higher. Depending on the exam, the score, and the college or university the student is attending, they may be able to receive college credit. This allows students to save money on college courses since they can fulfill their college graduation requirements with their AP scores.
Governor Livingston offers over 25 AP classes are offered. These AP classes range from the humanities, such as AP English and AP United States History, to the science and mathematics, such as AP Physics and AP Calculus. The vast diversity of classes allows any student with any interest to find an AP class that suits him or her. For students who like drawing and expressing yourself creatively, AP Studio Art allows them to send a portfolio of their best artwork. Or maybe if a student prefers discussing the national economy and global markets - AP Economics would be a perfect fit. Everyone can find their niche in Governor Livingston and challenge themselves to college-level classes.
So how did Governor Livingston students rate their experience with AP classes and the exam?
Many students enjoyed the knowledge they gained from their AP classes and felt prepared for the exam. Senior Bailey Gold took the AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics exams and stated, “It’s a lot of work and Ms. Wranitz did a great job. The exam was easier than the tests we took in class. [I recommend] to keep up on your reading and study the multiple choice at the end of each section.” Ms. Megan Wranitz teaches the AP Economics course at Governor Livingston, and she prepares students for both the Macroeconomics and Microeconomics exam.
Junior Conor Pierce took the AP US History exam and enjoyed it: “I thought [the exam] was very easy. Mr. Bolger was a great teacher. The extra time to study and increase our scores was good.” At Governor Livingston, the AP US History course is split in two years. The first half is taught in 10th grade, which is taught by Mrs. Jacqueline Bartlett and Ms. April Burke. The second half is in 11th grade, which is taught by Mr. Benjamin Bolger. This allows students to spend more time analyzing America’s history and have more time to prepare for the AP exam.
Junior Robert Wargaski took the AP English Language and Composition exam: “Overall, I improved as a writer and my ability to analyze passages. [The exam] was pretty interesting. It was difficult at first, but was better later on. [I recommend] to make sure you actually enjoy the subject. You won’t enjoy it if you don’t like reading and writing.” This year, AP English 3 was taught by Ms. Jeanmarie Ciarrocca. It is an intensive reading and writing course to expand students’ knowledge of the English language.
Junior Harrison Kelly took the AP Calculus AB exam and described his experience: “I didn’t think it was that bad. I don’t think the multiple choice and free response questions is the test were as bad as the ones in our class. I recommend that you pay attention in class and do the homework.” AP Calculus is taught by Ms. Jenna Sorrell and Mr. Steven Ciarrocca. Calculus is known to be an incredibly hard math class, even for college students, and the high passing rate at Governor Livingston is a testament to the strong math department at GL.
Sophomore Aiden Pine took AP Physics 1 exam: “I think [the exam] was kind of tough, but it wasn’t terrible. I’d recommend to future students to do your concept map and don’t leave it to the last minute.” AP Physics 1 is taught by Mr. McGovern and Ms. Dawn Buchan, and is renowned to have one of the lowest pass rates of all AP exams. However, at GL, last year the passing rate was over 90%. This course is well-taught and perfect for students who might want to become engineers or physicists.
Sophomore Jason Lalevee took the AP Computer Science Principles exam: “I’m not too nervous. I feel confident in the 5. I wish I had more time to study for the exam though.” AP Computer Science Principles is a recently introduced course to computer science and is taught by Mr. Ciarrocca. Unlike other exams, students must submit a computational artifact and a program that they coded to the College Board in addition to taking the exam.
Governor Livingston offers a vast array of AP classes for students to take. Many students enjoyed their experience and felt well-prepared for the AP exam. When their scores come out in July, hopefully they will receive college credit!