ASB lightens the mood with snacks during AP testing


Emma O'Connor

Members of the recognition commission pass out snacks before the AP U.S. history test.

Emma O'Connor, Staff Writer

AP tests are already loaded with stress, and all anyone needs is another thing to remember, so ASB stepped in and provided snacks for all students taking the test.

An AP test takes an average of three hours to finish, not including the break given and the time it takes to pass out the tests and give directions.

The recognition commission is in charge of putting together snacks and other things to help the students.

Samantha Phan, a junior and part of the recognition commission said, “It’s important to let the students know that people are supporting them whether or not we’re showing it through snacks or some other way.”

From May 6 to 17 students are excused from either their classes before or after lunch and often are required to either show up before school or to stay late after to have enough time to finish the test.

Carolyn Wang, a sophomore who took the AP European history test said, “I think it is important that ASB passes out snacks before testing because it lifts everyone’s morale and helps make everyone feel a little more relaxed. Even though it’s a small act, it is really touching to feel like you’re cared about during such a stressful time.”

For some students who either forgot to bring something to eat or didn’t bring it in the required clear bag and set it out on their desk before the test, the popcorn, Goldfish, and Cheez-its were the only food they could eat during the 10-minute break between test sections.

Cynthia Leong, a sophomore who took the AP Chinese and AP European history test said, “The snacks were helpful to keep me from getting hungry during the long test.”

Emma Wong, a junior who took the AP U.S. history test said, “The snacks gave me something to look forward to during the break, and they were light enough that I didn’t get stuffed and then drowsy.”

By scoring a three or higher on an AP test, students show mastery of the subject and in turn earn college credits which makes the weeks of testing and preparation stressful for many students.

“I think it’s important to let the students taking AP tests know that people support and believe in them so they can do their best because we want to help them feel more confident or calm going into the test,” Phan said.

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