Students are being bombarded with AP exams, and they retaliate by bombarding Twitter with memes. Every year, for two weeks in May, students spend hours in strange rooms without water and with short breaks to use the restroom and maybe see in the sun, taking these tests to try to earn college credit.
Afterward, however, their reward is rich. Searching hashtags for the AP test that they have taken reveal a multitude of hilarious memes that only make sense to their fellow students. But these must be clandestine giggles because College Board expressly prohibits discussing or posting any exam content. So, while students can send these memes to their friends who also took the test, they cannot like or retweet them.
Cathy Ahrens, an AP US Government teacher, remembers having a student get a score voided because of tweeting about the content. She believes that students sometimes do not think their score will be voided when they post such tweets.
“Once something is out there, I could see where a student would think that it means green light like it’s okay now,” said Ahrens.
Sarah Canfield, an AP student who has bravely chosen to list her name despite the risk of the repercussions of College Board’s meme-hatred, said, “The memes have been the best part of taking the tests. They make all the suffering and the studying absolutely worth it. I’m always worried that I’m going to accidentally like or retweet one, but instead of doing that I just send the memes to my friends that also took the test, and we can laugh in silence. Even if you didn’t take any AP tests, I encourage everyone to go on twitter and search #apgov, because that test has the best memes and there are some that even people who didn’t take the test can appreciate.”
So AP students: observe memes freely, but with caution, do not engage. Stay safe when scrolling.