AP Testers and Parents,
The College Board released more information about May 2020 exams today, viewable from this homepage: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org.
The latest College Board FAQs are here: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/faqs
Below are answers to questions you’ve asked me since we learned AP exams would be given online.
Accommodations: The most common accommodation approved through the College Board for our students is extended time. The AP exam delivery platform will automatically apply the extended time for these students. Students with other accommodations will also receive them; specifics about those will be released in an AP testing guide that will be available on the AP Central website in late April.
AP Exam Calendar: The revised AP exam calendar is here: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators/taking-the-exams/ap-exam-schedule .
The primary testing day for AP Human Geography is Tuesday, May 12th at 3pm and the make-up exam is Monday, June 1st at 1pm. I highly encourage students to test on the primary exam day in the event of technology hardware issues or connectivity issues that prohibits them from completing their exam on primary exam day. There will be no other test options after June 1st.
At that link, below the exam calendar, every AP subject is listed with details about exactly what will be tested on each exam and how much time is allotted for each exam component.
Internet Access, Connectivity, Devices: The College Board has resources to help with these issues and has asked that you reach out to them by April 24, 2020 at www.cb.org/tech if you need that assistance.
*If you need Wi-Fi in order to reach that site, Allen ISD has extended its Wi-Fi access points at each campus. The Wi-Fi zones are extended into the parking lot as far as they will allow—a sign indicates the approximate range. Students can join the network using their regular login credentials. I do not advise you to use an AISD Wi-Fi access point in the parking lot to take your AP exam. I’m suggesting it in case you need Wi-Fi to submit the request for resources to the College Board.
What if I want to cancel my exam? I strongly encourage everyone who signed up for an AP exam to take it. The College Board assures us that universities will still award credit for the redesigned exams. Each exam is also the shortest it will ever be—we’re going from a 3 hour exam to a 45-minute exam. There’s no reason NOT to test.
I anticipate very few cancellation requests. Those who request to cancel an exam by our deadline will receive a refund for the exam fee. Log in to your Total Registration account at https://user.totalregistration.net/student/login.php to request the cancellation no later than April 24, 2020. That deadline is firm; we will not approve cancellation requests after that date. It may take Total Registration a few weeks to process refunds—they are a nationwide payment broker that works with thousands of schools; delays are certainly possible.
If you request to cancel your exam, that decision is final and irrevocable. We cannot reinstate an exam once it is canceled.
I’ll reach out again when we receive another update.
Please let me know if you have questions. I’m always happy to help!
Advanced Academics Coordinator
Lowery Freshman Center
Advanced Academics Website: http://www.allenisd.org/domain/1524