AP Exam Changes due to COVID-19
Due to the current closure of Bay City ISD, and thousands of school districts across the nation, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know there are many questions about what it all means for this Spring’s AP exams. The traditional AP exam will not take place in the usual way this year. The information below is based on guidance from the College Board, which administers Advanced Placement nation-wide, outlining how AP exams will be administered this year. Please note that this page will be updated as additional information is received from the College Board.
Dates and Times:
- The new dates for AP exams are May 11-May 22. Exams will be given in shifts each day at precisely 11:00am, 1:00pm, or 3:00pm CST.
- Students will login to their College Board account at myap.collegeboard.org 30 minutes before their AP exam is scheduled to start.
- Students will take their AP exams online using any device: a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, etc. Students can type and upload their responses or hand write and upload their responses.
Based on information provided in late March by the College Board, the format of this year’s AP exams will be as follows:
- The exams will be approximately 45 minutes long for each subject exam.
- The exam format will be free-response questions.
- Each exam will cover approximately 75% of course content. This looks different for each course based on the unit structure provided by the College Board’s curricular resources. Click here for course specific exam information.
The exams are designed to be taken at home. Exams are open note, open book, open materials. Students may not complete the exam with anyone else. Calculators can be used and might be helpful on some exams, however all calculations required on exams can be done with paper and a pencil. Students may not incorporate work that is not their own (i.e. do not engage in plagiarism). The College Board has developed specific, confidential exam security protocols to detect plagiarism. There are serious consequences for students who violate exam security.
**College Board has made it clear that open notes/open book will not really assist you because you only have 45 minutes. You will have to come in already knowing content; they will be awarding points on your ability to evaluate, analyze, and synthesis information.
Online Preparation for AP Test:
The College Board is actively creating an online testing guide for students. This will be shared with students and families in late April. *They will give you the opportunity to practice uploading your free-answer responses via a test simualation.
Right now, many free resources for learning and studying are available to students online through the students’ College Board accounts at myap.collegeboard.org. The College Board is also offering daily review sessions for each course on their YouTube Channel. Students may choose to use these resources, but are not required by their AP teachers to do so.
Prepare for AP Test:
In addition to preparing for the content and skills tests for your AP exam, all AP student are expected to practice logging into his or her College Board account.
- Make sure you know your username and password. You need to access your account with no troubleshooting.
- Check your “Account Settings” and be sure the email address you have on file with the College Board is up to date and accurate
- Make sure all personal information including legal name (if you have two surnames make sure they are present) and birthdate are correct. *Make the necessary changes prior to the AP test. You might have to call College Board.
- If you are a student who is planning to attend a postsecondary institution (college, university, etc.), be sure to click on your “AP Profile” and click on the header labeled “Score Send.” Enter the name of the college or university you plan to attend so that College Board will send all of your AP scores. This is how the college or university awards you college credit and/or advanced placement at their school.
If students who applied for and were approved for accommodations through College Board, due to an IEP and 504 plan, will automatically receive them. For instance, the accommodation extended time will automatically included by College Board adjusting the time for each section of the test. Accommodations were applied for and approved or denied in February.