Mar 20, 2020

AP Exam Updates

AP Exam Updates


The College Board is developing tools to mitigate the impact of school closures on high school students in the Advanced Placement program. Resources will be made easily accessible to AP students and teachers. The AP program is finalizing streamlined AP exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. We’re working to give every AP student the opportunity to claim the credit they’ve earned. The AP program and teachers will communicate more details of these solutions to students in the coming weeks.



First, I just have to say that the new changes are surprisingly pleasant! MPCS has the BEST AP teachers who have managed to cover all the content already or are on the last unit. This means that many of our teachers will begin to go into “review mode” for the AP exam and your student will have well over a month to review and prepare. 

Second, these AP tests were ordered months ago and your accounts have already been billed. This has been taken care of for you, so all your student has to do is to take the exam. 

Third, it is important to note that MPCS’ policy on AP Testing states the following: AP students are required to take the National AP Exam in the spring. If a student does not take the AP final exam, he/she will be required to participate in a final summative assessment for the course, no refund will be given for testing fees, and the course will be changed to an honors class on the transcript.


Here's what you need to know about the new AP testing protocol:

  • These exams will be taken at home on any device!

  • Each exam is 45 minutes long and has NO multiple choice portion, only free response questions.

  • Topics that will be tested on are less expansive.

  • You will have two options for testing:

    • 1) test on any device or

    • 2) upload a photo of your free response.

  • There will be two exam dates TBD.

  • According to the CollegeBoard, all colleges are on board with the new testing protocol and will continue to award college credit based on their current awarding customs.

  • In relation to security and test integrity, the CollegeBoard will use different questions to prevent cheating and multiple digital testing tools to ensure test integrity.

  • Test Prep:  Your teachers will help you to review and prep and CollegeBoard will provide additional resources through your AP Classroom.

The next big date to look out for is April 3.  The CollegeBoard will announce the exam schedule on that day as well as information about free response questions. Let me know if you have additional questions!


Click below for the most recent update on new plans for AP Exam Administration for spring 2020:


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