Performing In School Comes at a Price

By Lahela Delaney

Rough Rider (Honolulu, Hawaii)

With the third quarter drawing to a close, students in AP classes are busy preparing for the end of the year exam that will determine whether their grades will be weighted for their hard work and if they will get credit for college. Unfortunately, each test a student takes comes with a price tag. This year, the cost of the Advanced Placement Exam rose to $90 for students not on free and reduced lunch.

“I am paying $160 for my tests.” ZhiYan Huang, junior, said.

Huang explained that while she believes the discounted price she receives on free and reduced lunch is okay, she does not approve of the price without it.

“Having to pay $90, the AP exam is more expensive than the SAT.” Hyo Bin Chun, Junior, said.

This is true. The new SAT rings in at about $43, less than the price of a single Advanced Placement test for students on free and reduced lunch. Having the test cost so much could result in students being discouraged from taking challenging courses they are ready for, or be unable to reap the benefits of an AP course because they lack the money. Without the exam, grades are no longer weighed on a 5-point scale and therefore, lack the incentive required to make students challenge themselves.

Still, students continue to pay despite the cost. Passing the test could provide college credit and the average price of a college course is much steeper than $90. While the new sum seems expensive, If students are able to provide the money now it could pay off in the long run.


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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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