Advanced Placement Updates

College Board Advanced Placement Updates 

As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. College Board is providing the following resources to support Advanced Placement students: 

  • free remote learning resources  
  • development of a new at-home testing option

These resources will support students in their efforts to earn the college credit they’ve been working toward all year. 

Some key points to follow here:

  • Online review sessions available, but they are not required.
  • This year’s AP exams will not include questions from the final units of the course – units typically covered in March and April.
  • The streamlined tests will take no longer than an hour and will be doable on a mobile phone.

In addition to working through the challenges of testing accommodations, security, and validity, the College Board understands some students do not have adequate access to devices or to the internet. The AP program is developing solutions with partners that will ensure every AP student has what he or she needs to show their best work.  The AP program will continue to support students with free resources through exam day. 

Through its members across the country, the AP program understands the new time constraints on everyone in the education community. These solutions are meant to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers — without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time. 

Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.  

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 2 different testing dates. 

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. We'll 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. 

Additional dates and scheduled College Board communications: 

  • March 20 - update on AP Central is posted online HERE
  • March 23 – an update will be sent to students. 
  • March 25 – students will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.  These classes will also be available on-demand, so teachers and students can access them at any time. AP YouTube Channel by College Board:  https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement
  • April 3 – the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam will be published. 
  • April 30 – AP Coordinators should indicate all students eligible for a fee reduction in AP Registration and Ordering (APRO) if they have not already done so. 

More about the at-home AP Exams from the AP Program, College Board 
For the 2019-20 AP Exam administration only, we’re developing secure 45-minute online exams for each course. The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by mid-March.

  • These streamlined digital exams will not require any test booklet shipments, external proctors, or any additional workload for schools.
  • Students will be able to take their exams on any device they prefer and have access to – computer, tablet, or smartphone. Handwriting a response and taking a photo will also be an option for students.
  • AP is working with educator-led development committees to finalize the exam format.
  • Most questions will require students to read primary and secondary sources, analyze data, and solve problems – making it difficult for them to confer with other students and still complete the exam within the allotted time frame. 
  • We’ll also leverage a range of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.
  • These kinds of assessment solutions are not new to the AP Program. For many 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.
  • We will soon publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam.

For a complete list of Course-Specific Exam Information and additional information about AP testing, check the AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus webpage for ongoing updates and links.