ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Inside AP memes

After AP exams this year students rushed to the internet. In specific, students turned to Twitter to find memes of questions on their tests. This trend has become increasingly popular in recent years mostly after PSAT’s and AP tests. By looking up #AP followed by the name of the course, or a shortened name for the course for example #APLit for AP Literature thousands of memes show up.

The most popular memes were for the harder free response questions because students all over Twitter can relate to not knowing the answer. For example, people thought that the second essay on the Psych exam was more difficult. When looking up #APPsych, the top results are the memes about Sachio, who was the main topic of the second essay. “I had no idea how to do the Sachio essay so at least I got to see some jokes on Twitter after to make up for it,” junior Griffin Kirsch said.

A Twitter account called @OfficialSachio and has tweeted almost 400 times about one single essay.

Another example is on the AB Calculus exam where there were two questions, one about a potato and one about a banana. Both got lots of fame on Twitter.

Even though there are memes made for the vast majority of writing prompts, and even lots of multiple choice questions, all students who wanted their exams scored signed an agreement that they would not talk about or release any part of the test. Some students even block College Board on Twitter because they want to be able to post memes without having anything happen to their score.

Writing prompts were released within a few days of the test for each class, but the memes for them were out within a few minutes of students leaving the test. “While waiting for my friend to take me home I was looking at memes for the NSL exam because people in different testing centers finished way before us,” sophomore Jared Rabin said.

Posting memes is a direct violation of what the students signed, but College Board has never done anything about it. “I never post memes after my AP tests because I do not want anything happening to my scores, but I do enjoy looking through them,” junior Trent Folk said.

The only negative part to the memes being posted is that it breaks a violation, but no disciplinary action has ever been taken.  When students take a makeup exam they take an entirely different test, and there has never been a reused multiple choice question.

Max Pasternak

Business Manager

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