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Updated Information for Students in Advanced Placement Courses
The College Board has been diligently working on ways to support students enrolled in Advanced Placement during this uncertain time. To that end, please see the important updates below. For full information, we strongly encourage you to frequently check the College Board’s AP Central webpage dedicated to updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The traditional in-person testing for AP credit has been cancelled and will be replaced with an at-home testing format. Here are the key highlights of changes to AP testing:
- Tests will be reduced in length, including 1 or 2 free response items, and will only cover content typically taught through March. See the chart on the AP website for specifics about what will be tested for each AP course.
- The test will be a 45-minute online exam. Students can take it on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. College Board will also accept photos of handwritten work.
- The testing window is May 11-22. Each course has a specific test date and time assigned, and the schedule can be found on the College Board's website. There will be a makeup window in early June in case students have a technical glitch on the testing date. Studio Art portfolios and Research/Seminar papers will have an extended deadline of May 26.
- If a student has an accommodation from a 504 plan or IEP that has been submitted to and approved by College Board, that accommodation will be implemented in the testing situation.
- Because tests will be administered at home, the College Board will be embedding digital security tools and plagiarism detection software. Students need to treat this like a regular testing session, as any “shortcuts” could result in their tests being cancelled.
- College Board has had confirmation from colleges and universities that they will accept scores from these shortened tests using the same guidelines they have applied to accepting AP scores in previous years.
So, here is what students and families should do between now and testing time.
- First, be sure to watch for emails from the College Board with updates about the testing process. This is also how they will send student-specific directions for accessing the test in May. Sometimes these emails get filtered to Clutter or Junk folders in your email inbox, so be sure to check all places for them. You should have received one today.
- Next, visit the College Board website for ongoing updates. Visit https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students regularly for new information about AP instruction and testing. The website will tell you the specific types of questions that will be on your exam so you know how to prepare. There will also be tutorials on how to navigate the testing platform, and a Home Testing Guide will be released in late April.
- Make sure you are participating in the instruction your teacher is providing in AP Classroom, Google Classroom, and any other ways they have been reaching out. Your teacher is there to support you as you prepare for the exam and to make sure you learn all you need to be successful with this class.
- Check out the recorded AP Live lessons on College Board’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/advancedplacement.
- If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your teacher or school principal right away. They can assist you with accessing a district device to use during this time.
- If you do not have access to internet, please reach out to your AP teacher. College Board is offering support in making sure every student has access to what they need to continue learning and to be able to take the exam this spring. You can also request assistance with a device or internet connection directly at www.cb.org/tech.