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As of today, 4/3/2020, College Board has updated AP testing information on their website, please check there or with your AP teacher for updated information on exam format, test dates, test procedures, etc.




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Advanced Placement Tests –Two Days Before Each Exam
May 28, 2020

*AP students who requested a makeup exam will be notified via email on May 28.

Two Days Prior to Each Makeup Exam

AP students who’ve been scheduled for a makeup exam will automatically receive an email containing their unique makeup exam e-ticket two days prior to each of their exams. Get the makeup exam schedule.

*This only applies to students who had technical issues during an exam and then requested a make up exam.

Advanced Placement Tests –Two Days Before Each Exam
May 6, 2020

• Confirm that you (students) have located your e-ticket(s). 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.

• Students, remember to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam you’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.

• Students, remember to click your 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 you know your local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.

• Know what to do if something goes wrong. If you (student) accidentally closes the browser, your device crashes, or you temporarily lose internet access, you can quickly click your exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. You should continue the exam, and if you feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted your performance, you can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. You can also request a makeup exam if you’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to your exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.

April 4, 2020

Dear Colleague,
This email provides key information about the 2020 AP® Exams.

We recently sent you an email about our commitment to provide free, remote learning resources and a new at-home testing option for this year’s AP Exams. As promised, additional details are now available, and we’ll continue to provide updates in the weeks leading up to the exams.

A great resource for learning about this year’s AP Exams is Trevor Packer’s presentation.

* Exam Dates ………….
Most AP teachers and students we surveyed prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.

Exams will be given from May 11–22.

• Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

• Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.

• Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

 View the full testing schedule.

We encourage you to remind your students about exam dates for their courses.

* Exam Format ………….
Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.

• Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.

• For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

• Certain 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. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.

• Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We’ll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

To learn more about the rationale behind the exam content, watch Trevor Packer’s presentation.

Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.

* Confronting the Digital Divide ………….
We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we’re investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content 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.

* Exam Scores and College Credit ………….
As usual, students’ work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July time frame as possible.

We’re confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. We’ve spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year’s AP Exams.

* Special Benefit for Teachers ………….
To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, we’ll provide every AP teacher with their students’ responses from the online exams by May 26. Administrators and teachers can individually determine whether they’d like to use these results locally as part of a course grade or as a final exam.

* Exam Security ………….
Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period. We’ll take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as we do every year.

We’re confident that the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, we have a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, students and education professionals can learn more about our security measures.

At a minimum, test takers should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.

* Remote Instruction and Practice ………….
On March 25, we began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.

In addition to sharing information about these classes with students, teachers who are providing remote instruction can use AP Classroom for most subjects. We’ve now unlocked secure free-response questions in AP Classroom so teachers can digitally assign relevant practice questions students can take at home. Additional tips for helping your students practice are available.

* Professional Development Opportunities ………….
We’ll be providing webinars, videos, and other resources to help AP teachers and coordinators leading up to exam day.

• Coordinators can register for live training on April 10 to learn more about exams.

* Additional Information ………….
We’ve added frequently asked questions to the site so you can find answers to important topics, including information for students with accommodations, details about exam fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies, and more. We’ll continue to make updates on the site and share them with you through email, online educator communities, and social media.

Your support is critical to ensuring students have the opportunity to earn college credit and placement. Thank you for all you’re doing during this unprecedented time.

Advanced Placement Program

Note: There may be some differences for world languages and courses that require portfolio submissions. Check our website for more information.

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AP Testing 3/21/20: Coronavirus Update

For students who are scheduled to take AP exams, the following is a brief excerpt from College Board’s announcement concerning AP testing for this year. You can go to their website (collegeboard.org) if you’d like to read the entire announcement.

Here’s what College Board is planning:
1. They will provide remote learning resources for AP teachers & students
2. Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
3.  The exams will only cover topics & skills that have been covered through early March.

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.

Your AP teachers will be communicating further information concerning reviews, curriculum changes, and additional test information as College Board puts it out.  Please direct any specific questions to your AP teacher.

AP Testing 2/24/20: Updated AP Testing

Students, if you have a “2nd Semester Only” AP class, i.e. AP Government or AP Economics, make sure you are signed up w/ college board through AP classroom & that you have paid for the exam through Total Registration.  If you haven’t yet and plan on taking the exam the deadline to sign up & pay is March 2nd.  2nd semester classes pay the regular fee.

For all others,

If you signed up and paid for your AP exams back in November then you are good to go.

If you still want to register and sign up for an exam late you can, but there is a $40 late fee, there is also a $40 fee to cancel an exam at this point.

Finally, if you made a down payment back in November and still have a balance due w/ Total Registration that also needs to be paid in full by March 2nd.

Please see Mrs Hunter or Mr. Newsom in the Assistant Principal’s office w/ questions.