• 2020-21 Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Information

     

    ALL AP Students are required to fill out this 1 minute survey by Friday, April 16AP Exam Device Survey

     

    The majority of the AP exams will be taken at home on your own device. See the schedule of dates and times below. Please understand these dates and times are not flexible. They are set by Collegeboard and are world-wide. Students who take an AP exam are not required to attend classes virtually or on campus on the days they have an AP exam. These absences are excused. 

     

    4 Steps to take Digital AP Exams:

    Please read this thoroughly so you are prepared for exam day:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap-2021/updates/four-steps-before-digital-test

     

    To take an AP exam digitally you must use one of these three devices: 

    1. Your school-issued Chromebook (your personally owned Chromebook will not support the AP Testing App). (Message from AP College Board regarding use of Chromebooks)

    2. Your own PC (Mac or Windows)

    3. Your own laptop (Mac or Windows)

     

    Please email any questions you have to our AP exam coordinator: Leandra Carpino (lcarpino@wcpss.net) 919-881-4800 ext. 24828

     

    AP Exam Schedule for 2020-21 School Year: 

    AP Exam Schedule for Sanderson High School

     

    Date

    Exam

    Time

    Version

    Friday, May 7

    Chemistry*

    8 am

    Paper/Pencil @ school

    Tuesday, May 11

    Spanish Language*

    8 am

    Paper/Pencil @ school

    Wednesday, May 12

    Music Theory*

    12 pm

    Paper/Pencil @ school

    Tuesday, May 18

    English Literature 

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Wednesday, May 19

    US History

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Thursday, May 20

    US Government

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Thursday, May 20

    World History: Modern

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Thursday, May 20

    Psychology

    4 pm

    Digital @ home

    Thursday, May 20

    Art 2D and 3D

    By 11:59 pm

    Submitted digitally

    Tuesday, May 25

    Statistics*

    12pm

    Paper/Pencil @ school

    Wednesday, May 26

    English Language

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Thursday, May 27

    Biology

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Thursday, May 27

    Environmental Science

    4 pm

    Digital @ home

    Friday, May 28

    Human Geography

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Wednesday, June 9

    Calculus AB and BC

    12 pm

    Digital @ home

    Wednesday, June 9

    Physics I

    4 pm

    Digital @ home

      *Mrs. Carpino will email you the week before the exam to let you know the exact location where you will take your on-campus exam.

     

     

    Digital Testing Basics

     

    Length: Digital AP Exams are full-length exams that test the same knowledge and skills as paper and

    pencil exams; most have multiple-choice and free-response sections. 

    Start times: Exams have synchronous start times, worldwide at 12 p.m. or 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight

    Time (EDT). 

    Devices: Exams are taken on desktop and laptop computers (Mac, Windows, school-managed

    Chromebooks) and may not be taken on smartphones; the computer must have a power cord. 

    Internet: An internet connection is required, but students will be able to continue testing even if their

    connection drops momentarily. 

    Readiness steps: Students need to complete a few steps before exam day to confirm that their testing

    computer is ready for the exam. 

    Practice: Beginning April 8, students and educators will be able to access the digital testing application

    and practice with each type of multiple-choice and free-response question students will see on exam

    day. Digital exam practice will also confirm students’ technology and let students practice using the tools

    and features in the digital testing application. 

    Accommodations: Digital AP Exams will be accessible to students with disabilities who have received

    approval for testing accommodations by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office.

    Students will not need to reapply for accommodations to take digital AP Exams. 

     


    AP and Honors Programs


    Frequently Asked Questions



    What are the advantages of taking AP courses?
    The main advantage of taking an AP course is advanced preparation for college. Additionally, students who score well on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school. The AP exams are given every year in May. Scores are reported to the colleges designated by the student and range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college determines the scores to be accepted for credit. Colleges may award three, and sometimes six, hours of credit per test. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the colleges in which they are interested in to see if they accept AP exams for credits.

    What is the difference between an Honors and AP class?
    AP classes are college-level courses that are more challenging and rigorous. AP classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students. Honors classes are engaging and attractive for students interested in pushing themselves beyond the academic standard. Our honors courses are rigorous, while still offering support for students just entering more advanced classes for the first time.

    Why should I take an AP class? Honors classes? What will it do to my GPA?
    Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of rigorous academic preparation. AP classes are weighted on a 6.0 scale. If you do well, your GPA benefits from the weighted quality points. However, it is not advised to take AP courses without serious consideration and teacher recommendations. Doing poorly in an AP course will affect your GPA.  It is up to you, your parent(s), and teachers to figure out that balance.  Students who enroll in honors courses are more likely to experience success and engagement in school beyond the secondary level. Participation in honors programs allows students to experience more robust curricular themes and concepts. 

    What AP courses/exams does Sanderson High School offer?
    Each year our AP courses and programs depend on student interest and enrollment. Most frequently Sanderson offers the following AP Programs:
    Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language, Government & Politics, Human Geography, Spanish Language, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Literature, U.S. History, and Visual Arts.

    How much does it cost to take an AP exam?
    There is no charge for taking an AP course at Sanderson High School and currently there is no charge to take the AP exam in May.