2020 AP Testing FAQ

Have the AP dates or times changed? 

Yes! Exams will be given from May 11-22. Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5. Students will take exams at home. Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day and same time, worldwide. View the full testing schedule.

Has the format of the AP Exam changed? If yes, then how so?  

Yes. 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.

Has the College Board adjusted the chapters, units or other content due to COVID-19 and early school closures?

Yes. Most AP exams have had the last two or more units eliminated from the exams this year. Click HERE for course-specific information. 

How is exam security maintained when students take exams at home? 

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.

The 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 our security measures.

What are the consequences for any academic dishonesty detected on an AP Exam? 

  • Students whose responses mirror online content or other students’ submissions will have their scores canceled.
  • Students sharing or receiving exam content or exam responses, or engaging in any plans or efforts to provide or gain an unfair advantage, will be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled. This includes communications or assistance in person, via the Internet, via social media, or by any other means.
  • If the College Board determines that a student gained or provided an unfair advantage on an AP Exam, they will notify Bishop Manogue so the school can choose to take necessary disciplinary action, as appropriate. The College Board also provides information about the incident to colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT scores)—or to which the student would send scores in the future.
  • Students who attempt to gain an unfair advantage also may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or CLEP assessments.
  • Under certain circumstances, the College Board may inform law enforcement of any incident to determine if prosecution of the test taker, or anyone assisting the test taker in misconduct, is warranted.

We encourage anyone with knowledge of any dishonest behavior with respect to the Advanced Placement Exams to contact College Board Test Security. Reports can be made confidentially at Test Security Web Hotline.

What open book/open note resources are allowed for AP subject exams?

The following notes, resources, and tools are permitted for the 2020 AP Exams:

  • Class notes created by the student
  • Classroom resources provided by the teacher
  • Previous assignments or assessments returned by the teacher
  • Calculators for certain exams (see specific exam information for details)

We understand these resources and tools may be digital, and students are welcome to store and access these notes in the following places:

  • Personal or school email
  • Digital classroom site
  • Online storage accessible only by the student

Click HERE for more details and tips on taking open-note exams. 

How is exam scoring and college credit impacted by these changes? 

As usual, students’ work will be scored by The 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.

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.

Colleges across the country are voicing strong support for students to complete the AP experience, take the exam, and receive the college credit they deserve. Colleges are especially supportive given the uncertain financial future many families face, and the value of students entering college with credit.

Will my child still be able to test with their approved accommodations?

Yes. Students will be able to take online AP Exams with College Board–approved accommodations such as extended time. The amount of extended time awarded to your child will be automatically extended in the AP Exam. Read more here.

What if my child does not feel prepared? 

On March 25, we 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 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. We’ve now 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.

What if my student doesn’t have internet or device access to complete their AP exam? 

We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach us directly to let The College Board know by April 24

What are the expectations for attendance? 

Students are excused from their classes on each day of an AP exam. Students are still responsible for any missed instruction or assignments resulting from an absence due to AP testing. Students are given an additional day to turn in any missed assignments resulting from their absence. 

When will my child receive their AP score(s)? 

Scores will be released in July via students’ College Board Accounts.

 

How to Set up Remote AP Testing At Home

Do I need to do anything in the My AP Portal in order to take the exam? 

No action is required by the student or the school to communicate to the AP Program the date students intend to test; the student will just sign in for the exam on the date they want to test following the information provided by the AP Program.

AP Exams are being offered May 11–22. If a student is unable to test during this window, makeup dates are available June 1–5. Students should be encouraged to test during the primary May 11–22 window. If they have technical difficulties during the primary testing window, they can test during the makeup testing window.

How do I receive my exam?

Students will be emailed exam information at the email address the student provided in their College Board student account. It’s important that students can access the email address they provided from home. You may want to check students’ email addresses. 

Go to The Exam Day Experience for:

  • A video overview of how the online exam will work
  • An interactive demo that simulates the online exam experience

Go to What Students Need on Exam Day for a comprehensive list of the tools, reference sheets, and other resources that are required, recommended, or permitted for each exam.

You might also want to visit Getting Ready for Exam Day on the student section of this site to see detailed directions—both general and course-specific—for students preparing to take online AP Exams.

What if my College Board account utilizes my school email address? 

You may not use your Bishop Manogue email address for your College Board account. The AP Exam cannot be delivered to the student email addresses. Please change your College Board account settings to an email address your student can access at home. 

What if I have two or more exams scheduled for the same time?  

Take one of the exams at the scheduled time in the original testing window. If you do not take the exam during the original window, the College Board will send you an exam to your email address for the make-up testing window. 

What device should I test on? 

Students can take the exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. We’ll have tips for testing on different devices closer to exam day. Please contact the College Board about any students that need a device or connectivity.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions? 

Please contact your child’s AP teacher or the AP Coordinator, Lauren McBride

 

Course Specific Exam Information

Click HERE for all Course Specific Exam Information

AP Research Information: 

As usual, for AP Research the AP Exam score will be computed from the Performance Task. This year, the Academic Paper will be the only component of the Performance Task that will make up the exam score. The deadline for submission of the Academic Paper in the Digital Portfolio is extended to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be no presentation or oral defense requirement in 2020.

AP Seminar: 

There will be no end-of-course exam in AP Seminar–the AP Exam score will be computed from the written components of the Performance Tasks. The deadline for submission of Performance Tasks in the Digital Portfolio is extended to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be no team or individual presentations, and no end-of-course exam in 2020.

AP Art and Design: 2-D

As usual, there will be no end-of-year exam in AP Art and Design. The deadline for submission of artworks in the Digital Portfolio is extended to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET. Selected Works will be submitted and scored digitally, following the same process students will use for Sustained Investigation. Students will not mail or otherwise submit any physical artworks in 2020.

AP Computer Science Principles

There will be no end-of-year exam in Computer Science Principles–the AP Exam score will be computed from the Create and Explore Performance Tasks. The deadline for submission of Performance Questions in the Digital Portfolio is extended to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET. The scoring guidelines for the Create and Explore performance tasks are the same as the 2019 scoring guidelines and can be found here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap19-sg-csp.pdf?course=ap-computer-science-principles

Will students be able to record their speaking component of their world language exam (AP Spanish and AP French)? 

Yes. There will be a digital language component. The exams will consist of similar components to the traditional AP French or AP Spanish Language and Culture presentational speaking tasks. The task will be modified to allow for aural delivery of the task, including repeated delivery of both the directions as well as the prompt in order to allow for detailed note taking.Please stay tuned for more details in late April on how this will be completed. 

 

Information for AP Teachers

How will I know how my students did? 

To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, we’ll provide every AP teacher with their students’ responses from the online exams by May 26. Administrators and teachers can individually determine whether they’d like to use these results locally as part of a course grade or as a final exam.

Are there additional supports in place for teachers?

On March 25, we 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 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. We’ve now 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.

The College Board will be providing webinars, videos, and other resources to help AP teachers and coordinators leading up to exam day. Coordinators can register for live training on April 10 to learn more about exams.