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Q: When will AP Exams be offered this year? 

There will be two online testing dates for each AP subject—one sooner, one later—so that students can choose what works best for them. WE ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS TO TAKE THE EXAM ON THE FIRST DATE UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY THEIR TEACHER! Because each AP Exam will only include questions about the units of the course typically taught prior to March each year, many students will prefer to test sooner, while the material is still fresh.  By April 3, CollegeBoard publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam.  

Q: How can I best prepare for the exam?
Continue to utilize your lessons in Schoology and all assignments given by your teacher. In addition, beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students will have access to free, live AP lessons, delivered each weekday by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes will review the AP content and skills typically taught in the first 75% of the course and are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course. 

 A schedule of classes, including descriptions of each lesson is available at collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates [collegeboard.org]. All classes are available for free and are completely optional.  

Q: Where can students access the CollegeBoard created classes? 

Students can find the classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement [youtube.com]. This is to supplement the HCSD course, not in place of it. Students still need to check their Schoology account and do all work posted.

 Q. What if a student can’t attend a particular class? 

The classes will also be available on-demand at youtube.com/advancedplacement [youtube.com] so teachers and students can access them any time. But remember these classes are optional, not required.  They will begin finishing up the AP course so students have the knowledge for the subsequent coursework in college and loop back to review the entire course.

 Q. Will all AP subjects have online classes? 

All subjects will have live online classes except for 2-D Art & Design, 3-D Art & Design, Drawing, Seminar, and Research. These courses will instead receive on-demand lessons that will cover the tasks required for the course. These will be available by early April. Computer Science Principles students will receive support from endorsed providers.

 Q: Am I still expected to take the exam?
Yes. You did the hard work, earn the credit! We will NOT be issuing refunds to students who chose to no longer take the exam but have already signed up. 

Q. What kind of exam will students receive? 

Students will receive a 45-minute online free-response exam (exact timing to be announced). There will be no multiple-choice questions. Students will complete the exam at home, online, on a specified day and time. To minimize conflicts, students will be able to choose from two different test dates, one earlier or one later. 

Like a college exam, these exams will be open book/”open note.” They won’t test simple factual recall; instead they’ll be focused on skills and thematic understandings. Students will not be tested on content typically taught in the last 25% of an AP course, as laid out in the unit structure shown in the AP Course and Exam Description. Visit collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates [collegeboard.org] for a list of which units will be included in each AP Exam this year. 

Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified.

 Student responses will be submitted  digitally and scored by remote readers. 

Q. Will students with approved testing accommodations such as extended time be able to use them on the exams? 

Yes. Details will be shared closer to the exams. 

Q. What if I do not have a computer at home? 

The exam will be compatible with computers, tablets, and mobile devices. However, if you do not have technology hardware, please email Mr. Judge at rjudge@highland-k12.org or leave a message at 845-691-1037 ASAP, and arrangements can be made.