AP Testing Status
Important AP test changes for 2020-21 school year:
- New AP Daily videos launch September 1 to help AP students learn wherever they are. Learn more about free resources AP teachers can use to maximize class time this year.
The AP Program is prepared to meet schools and students where they are this year. AP will support in-school testing in 2021 because administering exams in schools maximizes access and opportunity, and we’ll provide a contingency testing option—that contains full course content—if school buildings close for safety concerns.
If students register for AP Exams this fall, AP will waive the $40 cancellation or unused exam fee so all students can register with confidence.
- Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. More information on how to cancel and request a refund will be shared by the College Board soon.
- Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. It is recognized that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, the College Board and NSD will work together so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam.
- AP curricula is locally developed and the College Board defers to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. The College Board will also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam. For course specific exam information, such as what units will be covered in the exams, click here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=47340455
- The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. The College Board will use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn't new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.