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Updated April 6, 2020
In order to support students with their year’s learning, College Board AP exams will happen at-home this year. The highlights include:
- 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.
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. College Board will provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
CONFRONTING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
College Board recognizes that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, College Board is investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact College Board directly to let them know by April 24.
EXAM SCORES AND COLLEGE CREDIT
As usual, students’ work will be scored by College Board’s network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. They anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.
They’re confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. They’ve spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support their solution for this year’s AP Exams.
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. College Board will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as they do every year.
College Board is 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, they 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 their 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.
On March 25, College Board began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.
College Board has 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.