Emily Xie
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Academic Blog

Academic Blog

College Board Woes

Yes, I am an utterly insane, sleep deprived, hopeless nerd. Please don't judge me, but I may or may not have stayed up for the majority of the night, waiting in anticipation for my AP scores. Trust me, you would do it too if you took so many and were as impatient as I am. However,  my efforts did not pay off; I was sorely disappointed this morning for a plethora of different reasons. First of all, the scores were supposed to be released by phone at 7:00 AM EST, so, 6:00 AM CST. However, upon opening my tired eyes at 6:00 AM, there was no news of scores being released. Upon calling the number for the score reporting service, there wasn't even an option to hear my scores. Unaffected, I checked Trevor's twitter (Trevor is the head AP guy). He said "I will send out a tweet as soon as the AP Scores by Phone system is turned on." So, I just continued to wait and frantically refresh the page until 20 minutes later he said, "Sorry for the delay, as soon as I have confirmation the score by phone system is up and running I will post.". I again waited (quite impatiently) until about 7:30 AM CST. By then I was significantly more sleep deprived than I would have ever liked to be. I was also extremely frustrated, but just wanted my scores. On top of waiting for an hour and a half to just have the score reporting service open at all, I had one other major problem. As soon as Trevor had announced that the score reporting service was live, I quickly called and provided all of the information that was requested, only to hear a very solemn message at the end that went something along the lines of "we have located your score report", okay, that's great (I was overflowing with joy and excitement at this point), but then it took it turn for the worse when it continued by saying "a customer service representative 'may' be able to assist you with hearing your scores, you may call AP services during regular business hours Monday through Friday, sorry, goodbye!".  So, in the end, after spending hours awake in anguish over receiving my scores, after being delayed for an hour and a half, after frantically punching the refresh button over and over again, after dialing and redialing the AP score reporting service number, I am no further to receiving my scores today than I was yesterday. It astounds me that a standardized testing service as strict on time limits and dates as the College Board can't even get scores released in a timely and complete matter.