After Fire Drill Dilemma, AP Scores Delayed

Though the majority of Advanced Placement exam scores were released July 8, Shaker’s AP U.S. History and AP German students are still awaiting their results.

“I feel quite frustrated,” said rising junior Narayan Sundararajan, a former APUSH student. “It’s not just that our scores are delayed, but it’s the fact that this could have easily been avoided.”

The delay results from a fire drill mistakenly scheduled for May 15, the testing date for APUSH and AP German. Because of the fire drill, which occurred right after students began the essay portions of their respective exams, the students had to retake their essays May 22.

According to the website of the College Board, the organization that administers the AP Program, “Although most scores are available in July, a small percentage may not be. Some scores take longer to process due to late testing or other special circumstances.” The Shakerite contacted the College Board, but was unable to reach a representative familiar with Shaker’s testing situation.

“Given the fact that the scores from the first part of the original test need to be added to the scores of the second part that was taken late, it is understandable that there is a delay,” Testing Coordinator Karen Slovikovski said.  She spoke to AP Services, but they did not identify a release date for the exam scores. Unlike normal procedure for late test scores, “they advised that students will not receive an email when the scores are posted,” Slovikovski said, “and suggested students periodically check the AP Scores website.”

For rising junior Caroline Creed, the score delay is just one more obstacle to deal with. “The whole ordeal was stressful enough,” she said. “This is just salt in the wound.”


UPDATE: The Shakerite contacted the College Board again. According to a College Board representative, Shaker’s APUSH and AP German scores should be released by Aug. 1.

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