As a student, I have had to take exams to gain college credit. They can be difficult, but the AP exams that were conducted Wednesday at OPRF High School were disgraceful.
We were told to come to our testing location at 11:30 a.m., and had to wait almost two hours to enter. The delay caused a lot of anxiety for people, who were understandably already nervous. Some missed after-school work shifts and other obligations. The biggest issue is that we were asked to sign a statement saying that we began the exams between 12 and 1 pm, when it was after 1:30 when we started. I, and many others, signed it anyway. I was afraid that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to take the test. It’s easy to understand the problems with test proctors asking students to lie.
Furthermore, the conditions in which we were forced to test were grueling. The temperatures in the gym (where the tests were being held) surpassed 100 degrees, and all that was provided to beat the heat was one box fan, which did nothing in the large space. I witnessed multiple students who were unable to complete their tests because of the heat, including my friend who began vomiting during the break due to heat exhaustion.
Students and teachers put in time and effort for these tests, so it’s frustrating how poorly this was handled. This incident could affect our futures, and reflect badly on OPRF with the College Board.