Students Earn Maximum Score on AP Research Exam

Jun 12, 2019

Big Well Done.Two Frisco ISD students earned every point possible on the Advanced Placement (AP) Research Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the assessment. This feat was achieved by only 111 students in the world.

The AP Research Exam is different from the typical AP assessment because it is based on a yearlong research project - not a scantron test. It includes an academic paper, a presentation and an oral defense of the research.

Shalika Padhi, a Reedy High School graduate, was a member of National Honor Society, the Key Club, HOSA, Spanish National Honor Society and founded the Red Cross Club while holding an officer position on the Reedy Bollywood Dance team. Padhi also participated in the Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) program and aspires to be a pediatric neurosurgeon.

Beenish Al-Amyn Valliani, a Heritage High School graduate, now attends Brown University and has majored in applied mathematics and computer science. During her time at Heritage, she was involved in the National Honor Society and served as the freshman, sophomore and junior representative for Student Council.

The AP Research Course allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation to address a research question.

Students explore their skill development, document their processes and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4000–5000 words and a presentation with an oral defense.

The hard work of Padhi, Valliani and their AP teachers is clearly exemplified by their exceptional scores. Congratulations to Valliani and Padhi for this outstanding accomplishment.

Frisco ISD offers over 30 Advanced Placement opportunities that allows students to participate in rigorous, college-level courses while still in high school. Click here to learn more about AP courses in the 2019-20 Frisco ISD Course Catalog.

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