By TANVI BARGAJE
AP exams will be administered online this year through a 45 minute free-response exam that students may take at home due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
After surveying around 18,000 AP students, 91% said that they wanted to keep AP exams this year, so CollegeBoard’s AP Program is currently investing in the development of an at-home testing option for AP students to ensure their safety.
To be fair to all students, the exams will only cover material that should have been taught up till early March. They will also use a range of digital security tools, such as plagiarism detection software, in effort to prevent academic dishonesty.
CollegeBoard is also working to provide free resources such as test materials and practice tests in their AP classrooms. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.
There will be two different testing dates that students can choose to take the exam as per their convenience and students registered to take the exam can now cancel with no charge. The exams can be taken over computers, tablets, or smartphones and students will also be able to submit photos of handwritten work.
CollegeBoard is also investing in resources to provide tools and connectivity to lower income students so that they can take the exams.
Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) shut down schools March 16 due to COVID-19, and they are supposedly reopening April 6. However, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he didn’t think California schools would be able to reopen before summer break.