The majority of AP classes have entrance requirements students must meet to enter. Recently teachers decided that APUSH (AP US History) would no longer require a written test, just a multiple choice exam, and AP English classes won’t be having any requirements at all.
We at The Olympian believe that the entrance requirements should remain in place.
Entrance tests and other requirements are great indicators of the work students are willing to put into a class that will really take a lot from them. If you can’t even pass an entrance test, then it shows you are not prepared for the extensive energy needed in the classes.
The changes would make the AP classes more accessible, but AP classes are meant for people who are above the regular standards and not just the everyday average student looking for an easy way to get college credit.
There are already a large number of kids dropping out of these classes in the first quarter. By admitting students who don’t want to put in the work will likely lead to even more students dropping out since they aren’t well suited for the work being asked of them.
Some teachers may enjoy the thought of not having to grade an extensive amount of entrance tests, but they will have teach, grade and deal with students who aren’t well suited to their classes. The Olympian suggests that if the teachers change these requirements, then they do it in a certain way. They should weigh a letter of recommendation heavier than the test, since a test alone doesn’t show the work you’re willing to put in.
Teachers should keep the entrance tests in place since having no writing requirements for classes heavy on writing doesn’t benefit anyone in the end.