UPDATE: Important AP Course / Exam Information (April 4, 2020)

Additional guidance for 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exams is posted online and an accessible schedule is found here: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule.

The College Board (CB) recognizes that some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the Exam. Students who may not have the technology or internet connectivity needed for the exams must inform The College Board by APRIL 24th. For students who need technology and/or connectivity, they or a representative (teacher / parent), must logon to www.cb.org/tech to inform them of a specific individual’s needs.

Testing information:

  • All students will be asked to take their exam on the designated day between May 11 and May 22.  *This information is a change for the original statement that students could “choose” between two testing dates.
  • There will be “Late Testing” on June 1st – 5th.  Schools will have to approve students to take these late exams (there should no longer be any test date conflicts).
  • Details on the format of each exam will be posted today. There will be opportunities to see practice questions. One way will be through the AP Live Sessions. CB is hoping to have additional simulations on how the procedure will work for students to be able to practice the procedure for taking the exam and uploading responses prior to the testing dates.
  • Students will choose which device they will take their exam on (specifically: laptop, desktop, cell phone, or tablet).
  • Students cannot register for any new exams at this time.
  • Extra time accommodations will automatically be built into the platform for students with approved extra time. Directions for other accommodations will be sent out through an At-Home Testing Instruction Guide later in April.
  • AP Calculus: Students may only take one (1) AP Calculus Exam. The AP Program has allowed students to switch from Calculus BC to Calculus AB and vice versa at no charge. There will be no AB subscore this year. The deadline to make this change is extended to APRIL 20th. AP coordinators must call AP Services for Educators to unlock their order to process this change.
  • Calculators: For the 2020 AP Exams that may involve calculations (including some STEM and Economics courses), questions are designed such that required calculations can be done without a calculator. However, the use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam. Students and teachers should be sure to familiarize themselves with the calculator policy for their particular AP exams.
  • Digital Needs: Portfolio Courses: Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar–will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. The deadline for these submissions has been extended to May 26th.
  • Exam Submissions: To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, the AP Program will provide AP teachers with their students’ responses from the online exams by May 26th.
  • Each AP teacher will receive copies of their students’ exams no later than May 26th. Thus another way to ensure that student work is consistent with known effort. This would include the ability to verify photo evidence of students’ written work, and to listen to oral recordings of all language exams.

The most up-to-date information related to SAT and AP can be found online at the College Board Coronavirus Updates website. The AP Program will continue to communicate important updates directly to schools and students via email.