AP Exams Update – May 2020

Dear Advanced Placement (AP) Students and Families: 

We know this is an incredibly challenging time and we commend you for your courage, determination, and commitment. The transition to remote learning has presented unique issues and has demanded a lot of flexibility on the part of our AP students and families citywide. 

As you may know by now, there have been recent changes to the AP exam schedule and process for Spring 2020. Below is a summary which includes important exam updates for AP students and families; please read this information closely. 

General AP Exam Updates 

• The College Board has shifted all paper-based AP exams to online testing which students may complete at home or at school (if school buildings are reopened). Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place this year. 

• For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates: one primary testing date, and one makeup date. A full list of exam dates and times is included at the end of this letter. An online version of the updated AP exam calendar is available here

NEW. In order to support schools, students and families, DOE will cover the cost of AP exams for all students for exams taken in spring 2020 (including the late testing window in June). If you have already paid your AP exam fees for spring 2020, then your school will issue a refund as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. 

AP Exam Format During Remote Learning 

• Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP exams will be open book/open note. Students can review tips for taking open book/open note exams here

• For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Please note that students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up

• Students can view details for each exam, specific free-response question types, and submission deadlines for courses with portfolio requirements here. Note that per College Board, the exams will only include topics and skills students have already covered in class by early March. 

• Most AP exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question. 

Online Testing Requirements 

• Students will be able to take exams on any device—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students will be able to either type and upload responses, or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone. 

• Ensuring that all students, including those enrolled for AP exams, have access to working technology and internet access is a priority for remote learning. Technology that meets the requirements for remote learning also meets the requirements for students to take AP exams online. If you still need a device, please visit this link to complete the Remote Learning Device Request survey or call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5 to request a device. 

• In addition to the DOE’s efforts to equip students with technology during remote learning, the College Board is working with partners to support students who are in need of mobile tools or internet connectivity required for AP testing. Students and families should complete this form to indicate their specific need(s). If you are unable to fill out this form, your school can also complete the form on your behalf. Reach out to your AP teacher for support. 

Preparing for and Accessing AP Exams 

• Students will receive an email from the College Board in late April with a link to access their exam; this email will also include a unique access code. The email will include instructions on how students can access a mock testing environment to gain familiarity with the online testing platform in advance of the real test. These emails will be sent to the email address students used to register for their MyAP account. Students can make updates to their account here

• In addition to regular coursework and assignments students receive through their remote learning classes, students have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Students can access a schedule of live classes and recordings here

Students with Testing Accommodations 

NEW. Students will be able to take online AP Exams with College Board– approved accommodations such as extended time. Information regarding testing accommodations for students with disabilities is available here

Frequently Asked Questions 

• The College Board will post answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. Please check this site regularly for updates, and we will continue to update you as well. 

Spring 2020 AP Exam Schedule

An online version of the Spring 2020 AP Exam Schedule as well as makeup exam dates for students who are unable to take their exams on the primary test dates are available here.

We hope you found this information timely and useful. We will continue to send you new information and reminders in the coming weeks. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your AP teacher or your school’s AP coordinator. We wish each of our AP students all the best as they prepare for the upcoming AP exam cycle. Stay safe and do not be afraid to lean on the AP community during this time. We are here and we are thinking of you. 


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