AP chemistry students at Laramie High School prepare to take an advanced placement test on May 9.

AP Chem is taught by Angie Varca at LHS. Currently her classes are reviewing and taking preparation tests offered by the college board.

The AP Chem test is made up of 60 multiple choice questions followed by seven of long and short answer free response questions. Time allowed for the free response questions varies between ten and twenty minutes.

In order to get a 3 on the AP test students must get at least half of the multiple choice questions correct as well as scoring high on the free response section.

The tests consist of all of the content covered throughout the year.

Students have been preparing the entire semester through a curriculum made up of text book learning and hands-on labs.

Throughout the year the classes have gone through 4 text books of chemistry information, ranging from thermodynamics to the diffusion of various gasses.

“I really enjoyed the oxidation reduction reaction unit because it was easier than kinetics and thermodynamics, also you get to work with more dangerous chemicals which is always fun,” Madie Jablin, a LHS junior and AP Chem student said.

Students taking AP chem or planning to AP chem can expect at least an hour of homework every night.

Material first begins to be assigned two months before the first semester of the on coming school year begins.

“Definitely the most challenging part is the workload, you have to have a good worth ethic to pass the class,” Jablin said.

AP Chem has a much larger workload than the typical AP course at LHS. It also introduces students to new subjects and concepts that aren’t covered in more general courses.

A normal day in AP Chem consists of a homework check done by Varca, a powerpoint to review, than either a lab or an introduction to new material.

Smaller class sizes and a more thorough curriculum allows for more individualized work and labs.

“We did a dilution series, which produced a lot of cool looking gases. I can’t remember what exact solutions we used but one was seafoam green,” Jablin said.

There have been 15 different labs and 4 tests involving a variety of material conducted as of April.

“Going into college you have to take a general chemistry class and if I don’t test out of it then I already have a lot of knowledge that will help me do well. I’m not sure what I intend to study so I might as well learn as much as I can until I do,” Jablin said.

Jablin is also currently enrolled two other AP courses, AP Literature and AP Government and Politics.

“Both AP Lit and AP [Government and Politics] are challenging, but they are based in subjects that I already know something about. AP Chem is completely new material like Chem 1 doesn’t even scratch the surface,” Jablin said.