AP Testing Status
As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. The College Board Advanced Placement program is implementing new resources and test options for students for the 2019-20 school year. These solutions are meant to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers — without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time. The College Board states that colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies
Important AP test changes for 2019-20 school year:
- Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools, and will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
- Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students now have the option of taking a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates as students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3 here https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=47340455
- 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.