Dr. Verpooten “AP”plies Students


Krystal Rea and lakecentralnews

Rolling into his third year of teaching, Dr. Dustin Verpooten, Science, gears his students toward the AP Biology test to be administered on May 14.

“Last year, about 70-75 percent of my students scored three or higher,” Dr. Verpooten said.

That was an improvement from results of past years where the percentage of success was around 25 percent.

“It’s gotten better and continues to show steady improvement. [This year,] I’m shooting for 90 percent,” Dr. Verpooten said.

The test is made up of two sections, free response and multiple choice, and each are weighted differently towards the final score. Multiple choice ranges from 75 to 100 questions and makes up 60 percent of the final score, while the free response section makes up 40 percent.

As the day of the test approaches, Dr. Verpooten prepares his students in any way possible.

“[How much students need to prepare] depends on the strength of the student. Towards the end, practice tests and review are key,” Dr. Verpooten said.