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New AP Exam Information from College Board

***Message from College Board***

A very important new AP update has just posted to https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

For your convenience, I am copying below with highlighted call-outs to crucial information. Please read over carefully and share widely with your AP community – principals, teachers, students, and families:

As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here’s how we’re supporting schools:

Through our members across the country, we understand the new time constraints on everyone in the education community. These solutions are meant to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers — without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time.

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.  
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

About This Year’s AP Exams

Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.

We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

  • For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
  • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
  • We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know.

Test security is a concern.

  • The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
  • Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.

Course-Specific Exam Information

AP Subject

Exam question(s) will only cover:

Exam question(s) will NOT cover:

Exam question type(s)

Exam Date #1

Exam Date #2

Art and Design: 2D Portfolio

N/A

N/A

Selected Works: 3 works required (instead of 5) to be submitted digitally + Sustained Investigation: 10 works required (instead of 15), also submitted digitally

Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Art and Design: 3D Portfolio

N/A

N/A

Selected Works: 3 works required (instead of 5) to be submitted digitally + Sustained Investigation: 10 works required (instead of 15), also submitted digitally

Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Art and Design: Drawing

N/A

N/A

Selected Works: 3 works required (instead of 5) to be submitted digitally + Sustained Investigation: 10 works required (instead of 15), also submitted digitally

Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Art History

Units 1-6

Units 7-10

*

*

*

Biology

Units 1-6

Units 7-8

*

*

*

Calculus AB

Units 1-7

Unit 8

*

*

*

Calculus BC**

Units 1-8 + 5 topics in Unit 10 (10.2, 10.5, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.11)

Unit 9, Unit 10 (except Topics 10.2, 10.5, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.11)

*

*

*

Chemistry

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

Chinese Language and Culture

Units 1-4

Units 5-6

*

*

*

Computer Science A

Units 1-7

Units 8-10

*

*

*

Computer Science Principles

No final AP Exam

No final AP Exam

Explore Task + Create Task only; no multiple-choice exam

Digital Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Economics - Macro

Units 1-5

Unit 6

*

*

*

Economics - Micro

Units 1-5

Unit 6

*

*

*

English Language and Composition

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

English Literature and Composition

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

Environmental Science

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

European History

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

French Language and Culture

Units 1-4

Units 5-6

*

*

*

German Language and Culture

Units 1-4

Units 5-6

*

*

*

Government and Politics: Comparative

Units 1-3

Units 4-5

*

*

*

Government and Politics: U.S.

Units 1-3

Units 4-5

*

*

*

Human Geography

Units 1-5

Units 6-7

*

*

*

Italian Language and Culture

Units 1-4

Units 5-6

*

*

*

Japanese Language and Culture

Units 1-4

Units 5-6

*

*

*

Latin

Units 1-4

Units 5-8

*

*

*

Music Theory**

Units 1-6

Units 7-8

*

*

*

Physics 1

Units 1-7

Units 8-10

*

*

*

Physics 2

Units 1-5

Units 6-7

*

*

*

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Units 1-3

Units 4-5

*

*

*

Physics C: Mechanics

Units 1-5

Units 6-7

*

*

*

Psychology

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

Research

N/A

N/A

Academic Paper only (no presentation)

Digital Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Seminar

No final AP Exam

No final AP Exam

Individual Research Report + Individual Written Argument only (no team or individual presentations or end-of-course exam)

Digital Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Spanish Language and Culture

Units 1-4

Units 5-6

*

*

*

Spanish Literature and Culture

Units 1-6

Units 7-8

*

*

*

Statistics

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

U.S. History

Units 1-7

Units 8-9

*

*

*

World History

Units 1-6

Units 7-9

*

*

*

* This information will be posted here by Friday, April 3.

** It will not be possible to provide subscores this year.