Dear AP Students and Families,

We hope you are staying safe and that you are logging in daily to your AP Canvas Courses on myLearning.  As you continue to prepare for you AP exams, we are happy to have some updates from College Board to share with you.

Exam Dates
Exams will be given from May 11–22.
Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.
Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
View the full testing schedule here.
Exam Format
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; and Drawing;—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. For more details, students will receive separate course-specific communications from their teachers.
Students taking the AP Spanish world language and culture exam will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions. Written responses will not be required. There will be more information with additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
To learn more about the rationale behind the exam content, watch College Board, Trevor Packer’s, presentation.

Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April and we will share those with students as soon as we have them from College Board.

Exam Scores and College Credit
As usual, students’ work will be scored by College Board’s network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. College Board anticipates 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.

Exam Security
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. College Board is taking the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration.

We’re confident that our AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. However, College Board has advised that 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 can learn more about them here: security measures.

Please also note their warning against academic dishonesty:
At a minimum, test takers should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.

Remote Instruction and Practice
In addition to the Canvas Courses our students should be engaging in daily with their teachers, College Board began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. On-demand lessons are also available for Art and Design and Computer Science Principles.  You can also find  Additional tips for helping your students practice.  Please make sure your child is logging in to their AP Canvas Course on myLearning and taking advantage of the additional opportunities College Board is offering.
Students with Accommodations
Extended time will be built into the exams for students have this approved accommodation with College Board.  For all other accommodations, College Board will be providing details soon for how additional accommodations will be met.

Your support is critical to ensuring students have the opportunity to earn college credit and placement. Thank you for all you’re doing during this unprecedented time.  For more information, please check the College Board website for  frequently asked questions here: the site.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Evette Striblen eestrible@pasco.k12.fl.us and/or Tisha Doohen tdhoohen@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Sincerely,

LOLHS Advanced Placement Program