COVID19 Updates for All College Board Programs
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 AP students and families citywide.
AP exams are administered at the direction of the College Board, a separate educational organization. As you know, in response to school closures due to COVID-19, the College Board has shifted all paper-based AP exams to online testing. In order to take the exams, students must have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone, as well as access to the internet. We know that access to technology impacts many students’ ability to take the online AP exams that begin May 11 and we prioritized device distribution to high school students who filled out the Remote Learning Device Survey.
AP World Language Exams
Additionally, College Board recently shared that they will not allow AP World Language exams to be taken on a desktop computer, laptop or Chromebook. AP World Language exams, including AP Spanish Language, must be taken on a downloaded app and therefore can only be taken on an Apple (iOS), like an iPad or iPhone, or Android-based tablet or smartphone, like a Samsung Galaxy. AP World Language exams begin on Monday, May 18. We recognize that this presents additional challenges for students who have been operating based on former guidance from College Board that all AP exams could be taken on any device. Please know that the DOE is doing everything possible to get you the appropriate device to take this exam prior to your exam date.
If a student needs an iPad to take these exams, visit this link to complete the Remote Learning Device Request survey and select “Please check here if you need a device specifically for an AP World Language exam.” It is important that you check this box so that we can prioritize getting you a device prior to your AP exam test date. Families can also call 718-935-5100 and choose “Option 5” to request an iPad. In order to ensure delivery of an iPad in time for an AP World Language Exam, families should place requests by:
- May 12 at 5 pm for the Chinese Language and Culture AP Exam
- May 13 at 5 pm for the Japanese Language and Culture AP Exam
- May 13 at 5 pm for the Italian Language and Culture AP Exam
- May 14 at 5 pm for the German Language and Culture Exam
- May 15 at 5 pm for the French Language and Culture Exam
- May 15 at 5 pm for the Spanish Language and Culture Exam
Students with Disabilities
students with disabilities should visit this site to learn more about which accommodations may be available during testing. It is important to note that the College Board will allow, in some cases, for someone in the household to read directions and exam content and/or assist students with writing their exam responses in instances where students do not have access to the necessary assistive technology or software. We want to acknowledge that this is not an ideal solution for students with no one else in the household or for students in households where no one is able to speak, read or write in English.
For many students who are positioned to take online AP exams beginning May 11, we also want to acknowledge that your testing environment may not be ideal. With whole families together in the same space, it may be challenging to find a quiet location for students to take their exams and to avoid disruption for the entirety of the test(s). If a student needs additional time to request a device or prepare for the AP exam – no matter the subject – you can request to move your test to the June make-up date by submitting a request to cb.org/requestmakeup. This request must be submitted within 48 hours of the original exam date.
If a student plans on taking online AP exams, please ensure that you review this letter (Word | PDF), which includes guidance on taking the exam and DOE’s commitment to paying for all students’ AP exam fees. Translated editions are available here.
Learning and sitting for exams remotely is challenging and the current crisis impacts our students unequally. AP for All committed from the beginning of this crisis to do everything possible to inform students, families, and teachers of the changes being made by the College Board and remove any potential barriers – including paying for all exam fees this year and taking steps to ensure students who need iPads receive them. We will continue to engage with the College Board to make sure all of our students are able to earn credit for the hard work they put into their Advanced Placement Class.
The AP for All Team
Office of Equity & Access
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02 At-Home Testing
03 Instructional Supports
04 Students, Teachers, and Coordinators
05 Important Dates
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.
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
- 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 Students ; 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
- 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 forthcoming and will be 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.
- 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.
Spring 2020 AP Exam Schedule
Below are the primary exam dates and start times for students testing in Eastern Time. An online version of this schedule as well as makeup exam dates for students who are unable to take their exams on the primary test dates are available here. Students and families can also view course and exam specific information here by clicking on individual courses. By accessing the links provided, students and families will be able to see information regarding exam timing, types of questions, and which content will be tested.