AP Exam Administration 2019-20: Online Exams at Home

Online Exams at Home 2019-20

The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by College Board April 3.


As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, College Board announced March 20, 2020 that they will support AP students with:

  • Free, optional remote learning
  • At-home AP testing

College Board has indicated these options will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they've been working toward all year. 

The College Board AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

  • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered. 
  • Some 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. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
  • AP curricula are 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 College Board has indicated the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. 
  • Per the College Board announcement, colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. They indicated for decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • The College Board advised 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 was recognized by the College Board that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, they will invest so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your student(s) need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out directly to College Board to let them know at https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=32499130.
  • The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. The College Board uses 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.
  • The College Board will continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while they encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. WHS is currently waiting for more information regarding how to handle cancellation requests at this time, as that information has not yet been provided by the College Board.
  • Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=32499130.
  • 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. 

Daily Online Review AP Classes

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. 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. 
  • Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. The College Board recognizes many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.

View the schedule at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes.

Further College Board AP Exam Updates

As College Board has additional information and resources, they will update the webpage below and share updates by email, the online AP communities, and our social media channels:

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=32499130

Contact

AP Test Coordinator

Sarah Brenner
425-408-7506
sbrenner@nsd.org

Online Exams at Home 2019-20

The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by College Board April 3. 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.


Need Mobile Tools or Connectivity?

If your student(s) need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out directly to College Board to let them know at https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=32499130.


Daily Online Review AP Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons. View the schedule at: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes.


Canceling and Refunds

The College Board will continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while they encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. WHS is currently waiting for more information regarding how to handle cancellation requests at this time, as that information has not yet been provided by the College Board.


Further College Board AP Exam Updates

As College Board has additional information and resources, they will update the webpage below and share updates by email, the online AP communities, and our social media channels:

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=32499130