AP Exams Update: Format, Scheduling, and more
On April 3, 2020, the College Board released the new and upstaged schedules for students to take their modified AP exams. Instead of the exams beginning on Monday, May 4, as was originally planned, the exams will begin one week later on May 11. The start times for the exams, on the east coast, can either be held at 12, 2 or 4 p.m. The last day that AP exams are to be held will be Friday, May 22. If you cannot take an exam during any of the scheduled exam times, a series of makeup tests will be administered the week of June 1, 2020.
In late April, the College Board says that they will provide AP students and educators with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations as a way for students to become familiar with the process of taking their exams online.
The College Board has taken drastic precaution in developing test security for students who may try to cheat while taking the “at-home” exams. While the exams are formatted in which they can be taken from home, students could also take their AP exams in school should they return to school within the next coming weeks. Because the format and questions of the exams are being designed specifically for at-home administration, points can not be earned from information found in textbooks or online.
On another note, each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day, at the same time, worldwide. On the students’ test day, they will be required to verify their identity following logging in; once a student finishes their exam, they must confirm that the work they’re submitting is their own.
The College Board has revealed some of the plagiarism strategies they are putting into place to maintain the integrity of the exams. Plagiarism detection softwares and post-administration analytics will be used by the CB, plus each student’s AP teacher will gain access to the work their students submit online. This way teachers can evaluate the work their students are completing, making sure there aren’t any inconsistencies with the work they normally see with their students.
For students who were to violate exam rules: students who have their responses copied from online, or taken from another person, will have their scores removed. Student’s who group up together and copy and share their own answers - in person or by the internet - will have their scores cancelled by the College Board. If the CB thinks that a student has gained an unfair advantage on an AP exam, they will notify the high school of that student, so any administrative action can be possibly taken.
Consequences for cheating will not only affect your AP scores. If you plan on taking an SAT in the future, or if you have already sent your SAT scores to the colleges you’re planning on attending, the College Board can notify the schools that you want to go to and they may not accept you into their school as a result. If you want to take an SAT or another AP exam, and you cheat on an exam, you will not be able to take another CB exam in the future. The College Board recommends that any dishonest behavior with respect to the AP exams should be made confidentially at their Test Security Web Hotline.
After students take their exams, teachers will be given copies of their students’ exams by May 26, in which teachers can decide if they want to use their scores as a final exam grade. The College Board plans to release scores by early July just as usual. If you have been studying for your AP exams, keep on going with it; if you haven’t, it isn’t too late. Practicing the concepts you need to know for your exam, and then taking the exam next month and trying the hardest you can, will benefit you in the strongest way for applying to college, admitting to a college, and securing the brightest possible future for yourself.