Since the beginning of the school year, AP students have known that exams take place in the first two weeks of May. Many have been concerned if they have studied enough, but not enough test takers have been concerned about the rules.
The College Board prohibits having test information on clothes or bodies. This rule was developed after a student taking the AP calculus exam had tattooed math formulas on his hand and claimed it was a tattoo he got to ¨express his love for math.¨
The 17-year-old student that did this was forced to have his tattoos surgically removed and pay a billion dollar fine.
Although having answers tattooed on test-takers is actually cheating, the ¨Sharing AP Exam content during or after the AP Exam through any means, including but not limited to, email, text messages, phone calls, photographs, social media, or the internet¨ rule is quite strange. The keyword in this is ¨after¨ because sharing information ¨during¨ the Exam is clearly prohibited; but, after the exam, you are not allowed to discuss it. Keep in mind that ¨after the AP Exam¨ refers to after everyone has taken the test. I guess in other words, just forget that you even took the exam. If anyone asks you on the day of your exam, ¨Hey where were you this morning?¨ you can’t talk about the exam so you have to make something up. Saying absolutely anything about the exam may be twisted to seem like you were sharing information and you could be prosecuted.
If this has not convinced you to take the time to read the rules for the College Board exam, maybe the following will. In 2016 over a thousand juveniles, all of whom had cheated on an AP Exam through the College Board, were arrested, charged as adults, and sentenced to life behind bars. Just last year in 2021, eight hundred juveniles who had shared that they had taken the exam and elaborated on the type of questions it had via social media were forced to pay an eleven million dollar fine. They spend four years in federal prison.
This article is not meant to spark fear, but more so to raise awareness about the importance of following the College Board’s rules and the brutal consequences they have in store for perpetrators.