College Board announces details about at-home AP Exams

Posted at 5:53 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:53:50-04

The College Board announced Friday details about at-home AP Exams this May.

These at-home testing options will provide more than three million students worldwide the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working hard toward all school year.

“We surveyed thousands of students from all over the country, and they overwhelmingly want to test,” said Trevor Packer, the senior vice president of AP & Instruction. “We want to give every student the chance to earn the college credit they’ve worked toward throughout the year. That’s why we quickly set up a process that’s simple, secure, and accessible.”

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This is the message sent out by College Board:

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.

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.