AP tests move online

The College Board posts updates on its website to keep students and teachers informed.

AP Tests are something many students shave been preparing for since the year began. Due to the changing circumstances, the AP tests have been moved online to protect students and test proctors.

According to the College Board, AP tests will be given at the same time everywhere in the world to lower the chance of sharing answers. “Exams will be given May 11–22. Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.” Makeup exams will also be offered in early June if students are unable to take them during the May dates.

Many of the contents of the test and the format have also changed. The majority of tests are shorter and may not include all of the units because not all schools were able to complete the course before online schooling. For example, the AP Language and Composition exam pages state “Units eligible for 2020 exam: Units 1−7, Units not included in 2020 exam: Units 8−9,” (College Board). Many of the exams are also shorter in time. Students are given 25 or 30 minutes when they normally would be given an hour or 45 minutes because of the different test structures.

A major exam difference is the ability of students to use notes and textbooks for their exams. “Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note,” (College Board). The College Board also offers tips on how to take open-note exams and still recommends students study and not rely only on the open note idea. Since the tests are timed, there is not much time to peruse books or notes.

Teachers are trying their best to provide students with study materials similar to the boost study sessions would have included. “I set up Google Classroom pages for both my AP Psychology and AP US History classes in which I’ve posted much of the typical ‘Boost’ session material, corresponding screencasts for some of the more pertinent topics and resources specific to this year’s unique exam format,” Benjamin Sloma, AP teacher, said.

All information on the AP test changes is being emailed to students as they are changed. AP students should try to continue looking at the College Board website and their teacher’s email or Google classrooms they are using to connect with students. Students also have a list of items provided by the College Board that they must complete prior to the exam.

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