This year’s AP Exams will not be traditional, and here's what you need to know:
- They will be 45-minutes long, online, and purely free-response questions.
- Testing will take place between May 11-22, 2020, but there is a make-up testing window from June 1-5, 2020.
- The exams for a certain course are all offered on the same day and same time, worldwide, so make sure to check what time your specific exam will be taking place in the time zone you are in.
- Students will be allowed to access the online test from whatever electronic device they wish, whether that be computer, tablet, or phone.
- Another interesting change is that this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note.
Because of the COVID-19 quarantine, students have had to shift to distance-learning online. As a result, the College Board has truncated the list of topics that the AP tests will cover, stating that “the exam[s] will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.” This means that students should not stress too much on information usually taught later in the year, as the tests will not expect students to be fully comfortable and solid in those topics.
Of course, take the time to research all the information about the exams you are taking this year. Some exams may require specific needs, apps, or technology students ought to be aware of beforehand in order to perform the best they can on the AP Exams. Don’t hesitate to go to the official College Board website for updates on the AP Exams, and make sure to keep up-to-date! There’s also an interactive demo of the exams up on the website as well, so make sure to get comfortable with the formatting of the test.
*Please note that because the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation, the information found in this article is subject to change.