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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools administrators have had to cancel classes eight days this year because of snow.

The makeup days are currently scheduled for June. But for students in Advanced Placement classes, that's after AP exams. And that means students are eight days behind for the May tests.

Taylor Smith, a senior at Western Guilford High School, said that's caused stress for her and her classmates.

"It's rushing us and it's rushing our classes," Smith said. "It's affecting us and affecting our test grades."

At Western Guilford, some teachers have opted to use online resources so that students can still complete assignments, even when snowed in at home. Others, like AP statistics teacher Nicolas Simonetti, plan to have additional tutoring before and after school, or hold some classes on Saturdays.

"I had to take out some things in some chapters that we're covering now," Simonetti said. "I can't really go in-depth as much. I'm sort of just teaching them what they need to know for the AP exam so that they can do well and succeed."

Since AP exams are regulated by a national board, exam dates and content are set in stone. Students say it's important to do well on them because high scores can mean college credit and money saved on tuition.

"My brother graduated with a ton of AP credits and he went into college as a sophomore instead of a freshman," Smith said. "That's really helpful for students who can't afford college, because tuition has increased a lot in the past couple years."

So, even if it means putting in extra hours before or after school, Smith said she'll do it.

"We've invested our time, taken on a heavy class. It's important that we do well on the AP exam."

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