JOPLIN, MO - Over 2 million students in the U.S. will take AP tests within the next two weeks. This figure more than doubles what it was a decade ago. Joplin High School administrators say they have seen a similar trend within the district.
"The number of exams we gave doubled from 2011 over 2010, and this year it looks like we are going to give another 50 to 100 more exams depending upon students interest in taking it," explained Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High School Principal.
Advanced placement tests are typically taken by students that want to bypass basic college courses; or those hoping to earn academic recognition. This nationwide increase is widely attributed to economic factors.
The exam costs $82. If students pass, they could earn college credit hours, which are much more expensive to take at a university.
Advanced placement tests are generally offered only to high school juniors and seniors. However, JHS sophomores get to take a crack at AP world history.