Update on AP courses and exams

The College Board has developed a range of resources to help guide students through the process of completing their AP courses and taking exams.

AP Exams will now be given from May 11-22. Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5. Each subject’s exam will be taken at the same time worldwide. We strongly recommend testing during the first testing window.

2020 AP Exam Format

  • The 2020 AP Exam administration will be delivered in a 45-minute online exam for each course. Students will not be required to use free-response booklets for these shortened exams.
  • This year’s exams will cover skills and concepts learned through early March.
  • Most 2020 AP Exams will have 1–2 free-response questions, each question timed separately. Students can take them online or handwrite answers and submit a photo. See more about specific courses, including exam dates and times.
  • Students may not consult with others. A comprehensive and strict set of protocols to prevent and detect cheating is in place, including but not limited to:
    • Students will be required to verify their identity and confirm work is their own on exam day.
    • Students’ work will be provided to their teachers after the exam.
    • Plagiarism detection software will be used on every exam submitted.

Students and teachers can now access free, live AP review lessons on YouTube, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work assigned by schools.

In AP Classroom, students will see a new Optional Student Practice section that includes the most relevant free-response questions to help them practice the concepts and skills that will be tested in May 2020.

Students can take these exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone—or they can submit a photo of their handwritten work.

Lastly, 2020 AP Exams will be scored by College Board’s network of college faculty and AP readers and reported on a 1–5 scale.  The College Board plans to release scores as close to the usual July time frame as possible. The College Board is confident that the vast majority of higher education institutions will award credit as they have in the past.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a teacher or guidance counselor with any questions.

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