Alternative AP Exam Information (School Closure)

The following information is intended for students currently registered to take AP exams this spring:

College Board has provided us with some additional updates regarding this year’s AP Exams.  We have highlighted some of this information below, but we strongly suggest reading through their website carefully to make sure you understand the information they have provided.

  • College Board will administer AP exams from May 11th-22nd.  Each exam will be 45 minutes in length, and will consist of either one or two questions (there will be no multiple-choice questions).  You can learn more about each exam by visiting AP Exam schedules and exam formats.  Although College Board is providing a shorter make-up exam opportunity in June, the district expectation is that students will take their exam during the May exam schedule.  However, if there are extenuating circumstances and a student needs to test in June, he or she needs to reach out the AP Coordinator (Maggie Norris: mnorris@nisdtx.org) as soon as possible to get guidance and/or approval.


  • In addition to BNHS teachers continuing to provide instruction and support to AP students, College Board is providing review sessions on YouTube


  • College Board has worked extensively over the past several weeks to develop alternative testing while also maintaining the integrity of AP Exams.  Students need to understand the testing security and that any attempt at cheating will have some very serious consequences.  Please make sure you review this information- it is critical!


  • We have also learned that students who have been granted the use of College Board-approved accommodations will receive those automatically for each exam, as appropriate.  College Board has promised to release more specifics about the use of approved accommodations on the AP exam soon, but rest assured that Students will be able to take online AP Exams with College Board–approved accommodations.


  • The following notes, resources, and tools are permitted for the 2020 AP Exams:

    • Class notes created by the student

    • Classroom resources provided by the teacher

    • Previous assignments or assessments returned by the teacher

    • Calculators for certain exams (see specific exam information for details)


  • Students do have the option of canceling their AP Exams if they feel like this new testing situation will not work for them, although we hope each student will still want to take the exam as he or she has worked so hard all year to prepare for this opportunity.  We strongly encourage each student who is contemplating canceling his or her AP exam to reach out to his or her teacher for guidance.  Exams can be cancelled here: AP Exam Cancellation.


  • Trevor Packer is the senior vice president for Advanced Placement Program and Instruction.  We are including a link to his recent presentation that addresses many questions and concerns.  All of the information is also included on the updated Advanced Placement COVID-19.

 
April 13th Update!

AP Score Reports
Before testing, students should indicate which universities/colleges they would like to receive their free score report.  Students can make this selection in their College Board account under their profile.  This is not mandatory, but it is a critical step for students to complete if they need scores reported to schools this summer, as soon as they become available. 

Student Email Address Verification
Students who are registered for their AP exams will receive an email from College Board with a link to access their exam at the scheduled date and time, and their own personal login credentials.  Therefore, all students need to log in to their College Board accounts to ensure they have provided a working and accessible email, so that they may receive this email on time and without fail. 

Accessing Testing System
College Board is working to create a video demonstration to show students how to access the testing system on test day, which should be released by the end of the month.

Exam Cancellations
Students will have until the day of the exam to cancel their exam with no penalty. As we have stated before, we are encouraging all students to take their exams, and to talk with their teacher before making the decision to cancel.  However, if a student does decide to cancel his or her exam, please submit the request through the following link: AP Exam Cancellation.

Webinar for Parents and Students
On Thursday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m., College Board will offer a special webinar for students and parents, with the head of the Advanced Placement Program, Trevor Packer.  He will share information about the administration of the AP Exam at home and how to help you student prepare for the test.  Below is the link to register for the webinar:


https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1302024&tp_key=73070ccd21&excmpid=FB-ED-CB-1

Last Thursday, College Board hosted a webinar for students and parents.  The following link will take you to the recorded webinar in case you weren’t able to attend in real time, or would just like to revisit the information that was shared:

https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/viewer/event.jsp?ei=1302024&tp_key=73070ccd21


April 22nd Update!

On Monday, April 13, College Board sent personalized emails to all AP students, asking them to confirm their AP Exam schedule, and to connect them to free online AP lessons, student practice on AP Classroom, and an intake form should they need tech access for AP Exams.

If your student is registered to take AP exams this spring and did not receive this email, students should call (888) 225-5427 ASAP to convey this issue. 

To ensure students receive future communications about this year’s AP Exams, students should include collegeboard@e.collegeboard.org as part of their approved sender list and ensure they have updates their email, cell phone number, and other contact preferences in their College Board account.

 

Additionally, Central Office has created an exam schedule that has been converted from the Eastern Time Zone to the Central Time Zone, and we have included that below for your reference.

 

Week 1

Monday, May 11

Tuesday, May 12

Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, May 14

Friday, May 15

11:00 AM

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics 2

Spanish Lit

1:00 PM

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

English Lit

Chemistry

U.S. History

3:00 PM

U. S. Government & Politics

Human Geography

European History

Physics 1

Comp Sci A

 

Week 2

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 21

Friday, May 22

11:00 AM

 

Music Theory

German

French

1:00 PM

Biology

Psychology

English Lang

World History

Statistics

3:00 PM

Environmental Science

Microeconomics

Macroeconomics

Spanish Lang

Portfolio submissions for the following courses are due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, May 26.

2-D Design

3-D Design

Drawing

Seminar

Research

Computer Science Principles

April 28th Update! IMPORTANT!!!

Additional information is now available to help guide students through the AP Exam day experience.  Please read through all the information carefully, and use the embedded links to gain access to valuable resources.

New Resources:

  • If any student is having difficulty receiving College Board emails, please complete the steps on the "Confirm your email address" page.  Please take special note in the 2020 AP Testing Guide (see following link) of how students can access their AP Exam e-ticket if they do not receive the email with this information. 
  • 2020 AP Testing Guide: The guide, designed to help walk students through test day, provides information about:
    • The AP Exam e-ticket
    • Five steps to take before test day
    • Understanding the test day experience
    • Exam scores, credit, and placement
  • 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist: Students should complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.
  • Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.
  • Students will be able to take this year's online AP Exams with College Board–approved accommodations. Information about extended time, screen-reader compatibility, readers/scribes, and other details is available on this site.

Other Reminders:

  • AP Exam Demo (available May 4): AP students should use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit their exam responses. The demo will help students confirm that their testing device will be able to access and run the online exam. If you are unable to access the demo, the final slide of the Testing Guide can help them troubleshoot. The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and is not a practice exam. College Board will send students an email to remind them when the demo is available. Students are strongly encouraged to take this important preparation step.
  • Online AP Classes and Review Sessions prep week: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.

Information for AP Spanish Language and Culture Exams:

  • The above exams will be administered using a new dedicated app, the AP World Languages Exam App. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. College Board will email students to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit this site for more details.
  • A video walk-through of the test-taking experience will be available the week of May 4.
  • Details on accommodations for the above exams are also now available.
  • If you are unsure about accessing the app, or if you do not have a compatible device, please fill out this survey as soon as possible so College Board can provide you with support.

Information for Music Theory Exams:

  • Before exam day, students will need to print or hand-copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and gain access to an audio recording app or software before exam day. Please see more information on the website.

Information for Exams:

  • No physical portfolios: All AP Art and Design Portfolio Exams will be submitted digitally. There will be no physical portfolios this year.
  • New submission deadline: May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Updated number of works:
    • Sustained Investigation: 10 images (instead of 15)
    • Selected Works: 3 works (instead of 5)
      • AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing: 3 images (1 view of each work)
      • AP 3-D Art and Design: 6 images (2 views of each work)
  • There are also changes to some steps students will take in the AP Art and Design digital submission web application.
  • Setting up the portfolio: To initially create your portfolios in the web application, students will need an access key from their AP teacher. Please look for an email from your teacher with this important information.
  • Placeholder images: Although there are fewer required works this year, the web application still requires students to upload 15 images to the Sustained Investigation section and images of 5 works to the Selected Works section. Students must upload their images only to Sustained Investigation spaces 1–10 and Selected Works 1–3. These are the only images that will be scored. For the remaining spaces in each section, students need to upload placeholder images, which can be found on this page. If students already uploaded their own placeholder images, they do not need to re-upload new ones.
  • Acknowledge physical portfolios and printed written evidence: For AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing, to proceed in the web application students still need to check the boxes that say they will mail their physical work, including printed written evidence. This is only a technical requirement. There are no physical portfolios this year.

May 5th Update! IMPORTANT!!!

AP testing will begin next week on Monday, May 11th!!!  Please make sure you have checked the schedule to see verify the date and time of your exams (make sure you pay close attention to the CMT times for your exams!).  Additionally, we have received notification from College Board that you will not be able to take the test on any device that has a Grammarly Plug-In installed.  If you do have this plug-in installed, you will need to remove it before testing begins. 

It is critical that you view the links below before testing begins, so please read each one carefully.  As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.    

Helpful links for all students:

Additional for students as applicable:

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  Stay well and take good care of each other.