AP - FAQs
Posted May 5, 2020AP® Exams begin on Monday, May 11. We've outlined steps you should take to ensure your students are prepared to test.
Share the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) and watch the comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year's exams.
Share the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) and watch the overview video. The comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year's exams.
Encourage your students to practice with the exam demo. You and your students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.
Share with your students. Make sure your students know what resources they can use during their exams and how they can access them.
Two Days Before Each Exam
Confirm that registered students have located their e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn't received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn't be shared with anyone. Students who haven't been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information
Remind your students to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam they're taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they're set up for success.
On Exam Day
Remind students to click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject's exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
Ensure your students know what to do if something goes wrong. If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they've lost too much time due to a technical problem, can't connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
This week, Online AP Classes and Review Sessions will focus on the exam day experience and review new sample questions for all nonportfolio courses. These sample questions are available on each subject's course page.
Posted April 17, 2020
This year's at-home AP® Exams begin on Monday, May 11.
Exam Details. Students can take their AP Exams online on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll also have the option to write their responses by hand and submit a photo.
• Exam Schedule with Course-Specific Exam Information
• Taking AP Exams Online
• Exam Security
Exam Communications. Over the coming weeks, email will continue to be the primary way we reach out to you and your students. Please remind your school community to mark firstname.lastname@example.org as part of their approved sender lists and encourage them to update their cell phone numbers in their College Board accounts.
Exam Prep. Earlier this week, we reached out to AP students to understand how they're preparing for AP Exams and what additional information or resources they'll need. And today we shared information with AP teachers about their students' exam-taking intentions, asking them for their help in ensuring students are aware of changes to this year's AP Exams. Please check in with your AP teachers for access to that information.
Free Online Learning. Students can tune in to live online AP classes and review, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. ET, hosted by AP teachers from across the country. On-demand recordings also allow students to watch at a time that's best for them and their families. Teachers can use these lessons to supplement their online instruction or they can assign these lessons as independent learning for students.
• Online AP Classes and Review
Student Practice on AP Classroom. When students log in to AP Classroom, they'll now see free-response questions that can help them practice their knowledge and skills as they prepare for this year's AP Exams. They'll see scoring criteria to help them revise their responses and they can get direct feedback from their teachers. Students don't need a lockdown browser to complete free-response questions on AP Classroom.
• Log in to My AP
And, here are a few helpful links to make sure everyone in your school community has the latest information about this year's AP Exams.
• Updates for Educators
• Updates for Students
• Updates for Coordinators
Posted April 15, 2020
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Posted April 14, 2020
AP Classroom Support for Remote Learning and Practice
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Now more than ever, we appreciate your feedback on how AP® can best serve you and your students. Here are the latest updates to AP Classroom to better support remote learning, practice, and feedback. We've also included additional information about resources to help you and your students leading up to this year's exams.
Updates for Students
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Highlighted free AP live classes on every student's homepage, and added links to recorded classes on key topics and review concepts.
Enabled all free-response questions to be taken by students at home on any device, without requiring the LockDown Browser.
Provided optional, self-paced student practice, with free-response questions to help students practice their knowledge and skills as they prepare for the exam. Students can see scoring criteria from past exams to help revise their responses.
Added each student's written or uploaded response to their student report, so they can view their response alongside scores and get feedback from teachers.
Helped students stay signed in, especially during online tests.
Updates for Teachers
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Made it easy to provide additional practice quizzes by clicking Add Questions when you search or filter the question bank.
Improved scoring so teachers can score the same question across all students, and choose which student's response to evaluate next.
Highlighted the free-response questions from previous AP Exams shared with students for practice, and enabled teachers to view student progress and optionally score student responses to provide feedback.
Added each student's written or uploaded response to class and student reports.
Helped you stay signed in if you spend more than two hours on College Board websites.
Please continue to share feedback and help us resolve any technical issues by contacting us in the Help menu in AP Classroom.
Join a Webinar for Your Discipline
Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of Advanced Placement® and Instruction, and AP course leads will host optional, discipline-specific webinars in the coming weeks.
April 14–16: Q&A about AP testing this year. Register now.
April 28–30: Walk through the at-home exam day experience and available supports. Register now.
Help Students Cross the Digital Divide
Working with partners, we're investing so all students have the tools and connectivity they need to access AP resources online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact us directly to let us know by April 24.
For the latest AP information and updates, please visit AP Central®.
New Practice Exam and Student Support
On March 20 and March 24, we sent you an email explaining that we're providing flexible online testing and optional instruction to support schools and students as they deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This year, traditional face-to-face exam administrations will be replaced with 45-minute online free-response exams that students can take at home.
In preparation, we've enabled the free-response section of all practice exams, available on AP® Classroom, to be taken remotely by students. Teachers can also continue to assign topic questions and personal progress checks as homework.
In addition, a new practice exam is now available on the AP Course Audit site and in the AP Classroom question bank, along with scoring guidelines and a scoring worksheet.
Using AP Classroom for Remote Learning
We recognize that teachers are navigating the challenges of the current situation differently. If you’re using AP Classroom to provide remote instruction, you can:
- Assign practice exams by multiple-choice and free-response section for students to take online or in print.
- Use individual practice exam questions on your own custom assessments.
- Assign free-response questions online so students can practice using mobile phones, tablets, or computers. Students using phones can use speech-to-text and upload documents.
- If you'd like to assign the multiple-choice section online for easier scoring, use the free LockDown Browser, which keeps students from accessing the internet while testing.
This one-page overview (.pdf/521 KB) includes tips on using AP Classroom with students at home.
Real-Time Feedback Available Through Personal Progress Checks
Teachers can still use personal progress checks. They can ensure students build mastery of content and skills, with real-time feedback to prioritize additional practice before the AP Exam.
Additional Student Support
Students and teachers can now attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The classes are designed as a flexible supplement, aligned to the course and exam description topic structure.
These optional courses are mobile-friendly and available on-demand. The course schedule (.pdf/456 KB) is available online, along with information about what will be covered this week. All times on the schedule are Eastern Time. We'll continue to post updates as they're available. We encourage you to pass information about the courses along to your students.
For the latest information, please visit AP Central®.
Some Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Parents, direct from AP:
The AP Program is committed to providing students with opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they’ve developed in AP classes this year. During this extraordinary time, we’re launching daily video lessons, taught online by AP teachers, as well as AP Exams that can be taken at home.
More information is available at collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates and we will email schools and students with important updates.
Online AP Classes
Q. When do online AP classes begin?
Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A schedule of classes, including descriptions of each lesson is available at collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates. All classes are available for free and are completely optional.
Q: Where can students access the classes?
Students can find the classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement.
Q. What if a student can’t attend a particular class?
The classes will also be available on-demand at youtube.com/advancedplacement so teachers and students can access them any time. But remember these classes are optional, not required. They will begin finishing up the AP course so students have the knowledge for the subsequent coursework in college and loop back to review the entire course.
Q. Will all AP subjects have online classes?
All subjects will have live online classes except for 2-D Art & Design, 3-D Art & Design, Drawing, Seminar, and Research. These courses will instead receive on-demand lessons that will cover the tasks required for the course. These will be available by early April. Computer Science Principles students will receive support from endorsed providers.
Q. Can students attend these classes, even if they’re not taking the AP Exam?
Q. Can homeschooled, virtual school, independent-study, and self-study students attend these classes?
At Home Testing
Q. What kind of exam will students receive?
Students will receive a 45-minute online free-response exam (exact timing to be announced). There will be no multiple-choice questions. Students will complete the exam at home, online, on a specified day and time. To minimize conflicts, students will be able to choose from two different test dates, one earlier or one later.
Like a college exam, these exams will be open book/”open note.” They won’t test simple factual recall; instead they’ll be focused on skills and thematic understandings. Students will not be tested on content typically taught in the last 25% of an AP course, as laid out in the unit structure shown in the AP Course and Exam Description. Visit collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates for a list of which units will be included in each AP Exam this year.
Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified.
Student responses will be submitted digitally and scored by remote readers. This is a similar process to the one we have used for years in scoring AP at-home work for college credit in courses like AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles.
By April 3, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam.
Q. What if I do not have access to a computer and/or the internet at home. How can they test?
Students can test on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Valley Central High School will loan devices for students who do not have home computers.
Q. How will you prevent students from cheating?
The exams will be designed to measure skills developed over the course of the academic year that cannot be learned on the fly from Google or chatrooms. Like college history and literary essays, these AP Exams are open book/open note. Students will see the topic at the start of the exam and they’ll need to write and submit their responses within the testing time.
Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide. Students may consult textbooks and notes. Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified. We will also disqualify any student sharing exam content via social media, websites, and other means.
Q. Will students with approved testing accommodations such as extended time be able to use them on the exams?
Yes. Details will be shared closer to the exams.
Q. Will exams be available in all subjects?
Yes. By April 3, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam.
Q. Will the exam cost the same as before?
Yes. Last year, the College Board’s expenses (e.g., printing, shipping, scoring of AP Exams) and services (e.g., fee waivers, scholarships, professional development of teachers) took up ~98% of annual revenues. This year, the unanticipated cost of building and deploying new capabilities like online testing, plagiarism checks, and online scoring of student essays – all on top of our regular expenses and services, will more than fully consume the test fees we receive, even with a shorter exam.