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The Advanced Placement Program has sent new information regarding examination. View details below for an update. 

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.

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. Below are further details regarding format: 

  • Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.
  • Rationale behind the exam content can be found in this online presentation from the Senior Vice President of Advanced Placement and Instruction.
  • 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; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—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. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
  • Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. Additional details in the coming weeks will be provided to help students prepare.

Confronting the Digital Divide

The digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, the AP program is investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your student needs mobile tools or connectivity, fill out the following by April 24. Digital support survey.

Exam Scores and College Credit

As usual, students’ work will be scored by the network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. Scores are anticipated to release as close to the usual July timeframe. 

The AP program correspondents are confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. They’ve spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support solutions for this year’s AP Exams.

Special Benefit for Teachers

To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, that AP program will provide every AP teacher with their students’ responses from the online exams by May 26. Administrators and teachers can individually determine whether they’d like to use these results locally as part of a course grade or as a final exam.

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. The AP program will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as we do every year.

They are confident that the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, we 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 and education professionals can learn more about security measures. View security measures

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

On March 25, the AP program began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.

In addition to sharing information about these classes with students, teachers who are providing remote instruction can use AP Classroom for most subjects. The AP programs has now unlocked secure free-response questions in AP Classroom so teachers can digitally assign relevant practice questions students can take at home. Additional tips for helping students practice are available.

Professional Development Opportunities

Webinars, videos and other resources to help AP teachers and coordinators are available. Coordinators can register for live training on April 10 to learn more about exams.

Additional Information

View a list of frequently asked questions to their website so you can find answers to important topics, including information for students with accommodations, details about exam fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies and more. Continual updates will be shared through email, online educator communities and social media.

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.

Shauna Sprunger
  • Coordinator of Communications
  • Shauna Sprunger