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Advanced Placement (AP) Test Info

Getting Started

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation (click here).

Exam Registration

  • Only students who are currently registered for AP exams will be allowed to participate in the AP tests this spring. No additional registrations are allowed. 
  • Students who are registered for an AP exam who are unable to take the exam should contact their AP teacher.

Exam Dates

  • Exams will be given from May 11–22.
  • Students who are unable to take their test on the designated day must work with their building’s AP Coordinator to schedule a makeup test, which will be offered 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 (click here).

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; Art and Design:Drawing; and Computer Science Principles—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. The College Board will provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare. 

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

Exam Scores and College Credit
As usual, students' work will be scored by a network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. The College Board anticipates releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.

The College Board is confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. They have spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support their solution for this year's AP Exams.

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. The College Board will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as they 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, the College Board has 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 (click here). 

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, the College Board 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 (click here) 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. The College Board has 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 (click here). 

Additional Information
The College Board has added frequently asked questions to their website 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. (click here) Additional updates will be shared through email, online educator communities, and social media.

If you have questions about the new AP tests, please contact your child’s AP teacher or you can contact the AP Coordinator for your child’s school.

Elk River High School
Rachel Telfer

Rogers High School
Shane Noecker

Zimmerman High School
Tom Kish