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2020 AP Exams FAQ


How will AP exams be administered this year?

The College Board decided to continue to offer the 2020 AP Exams in an abridged, virtual, at-home format.This year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question. For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up. Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.


When will the AP exams take place?

The dates and times of your exam was emailed to you through Total Registration. It is also listed on College Board website.


Will the exams cover the full year of content?

The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. College Board knows that some students have lost more class time than others, and they want to be fair to all students.


What if I am not sure if I want to take an exam?

Students do not have to make a decision until exam day. 48 hours before your exam, you will be emailed an Access Credential which will open up your exam. If you do not use that Access Credential to take your exam,  your exam will automatically be canceled.


Will I get a refund for a canceled exam?

You will receive a full refund, minus a $4 fee that Total Registration has already charged us. If you paid a late registration fee, that fee will not be refunded. Your refund will go back to the credit card you used to pay for your exam. Refunds will be issued mid-June.


How do I prepare for my exams?

Complete any assignments from your AP teachers in AP Classroom. College Board is also offering free live AP classes. To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel. The classes will be taught by AP teachers, and will include the material covered in the exams, as well as supplementary material covering the last 25% of each course.


What do I do if I do not have reliable technology? 

College Board recognizes that some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If you are a student or you know a student who needs mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to Mrs. Cazan at ccazan@hartdistrict.org or to College Board directly at cb.org/tech


What if my technology fails during the exam?

If you have technical difficulties during the primary testing window, students can test during the makeup testing window.


How will the colleges look at my AP score this year because of the change in how the exams are proctored? 

The 2020 AP Exams will still be scored on a 1-5 scale, and many colleges have released statements in supp[ort of accepting these scores for course credit.


I have already been approved to receive accommodations for the AP exams. Will I still receive them?

Students who have already been approved to receive extended time, will be allotted that extra time on exam day, through your access credential. Students who have other accommodation will be contacted by Mrs. Cazan closer to exam day.