AP Tests: May 11 – May 22 Testing from Home and On-Line

All year long, the AP students at Valley Central High School have been working very hard to get to this moment, and now we’re only days away from the first at- home AP Exams. The College Board has developed a range of resources to help you succeed through this new process. Please find important information here about the 2020 AP exams, as well as specific items unique to our VC students.

All VC students will be testing from home, on-line, in the  May 11-22 window.

On-line testing is not new to the AP program, as they have utilized this format before in certain emergency situations.  What IS new is that all AP students across the globe will be testing in this format at the same time. Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Let’s all hope for the best!  

Students can take their AP exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone—or they can submit a photo of their handwritten work.  Students will need to use the latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is not supported.

Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5, if needed. Each subject’s exam will be taken at the same time worldwide. Below please find the 2020 AP testing schedule:

Mon., May 11th:          PHYSICS  C          12PM

Tues., May 12th:         CALCULUS AB       2PM

Wed., May 13th:          ENGLISH LIT.       2PM (Ms. McKenney’s class)

Thus., May 14th:         CHEMISTRY          2PM

Fri.,  May 15th:           US HISTORY         2PM

Mon., May 18th:          BIOLOGY              2PM

Tues., May 19th:         MUSIC THEORY     12PM

Wed., May 20th:          ENGLISH LANG.     2PM (Ms. Oakes class)

All students who will be taking AP exams this year (except for those who are only taking either Art or Computer Principles) will be receiving mailings to your home in the next few days which will include a brief letter addressing the on-line AP Exam Demo for this new testing format. It is crucial that you do the practice demo so that you can become familiar with this testing format, verify that your equipment works and troubleshoot any problems or glitches that may come up.  Additionally, this mailing will include hard copies of required items, such as the Checklist needed for each exam that you are taking and specific materials necessary for certain subjects (for example, AP Chemistry students will receive a hard copy of the periodic table, AP Music Theory students will receive copies of the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet, etc…). Please be on the lookout for this important mailing!

 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Drawing (Ms. Langlitz’s class), and Computer Science Principles (Mr. Fowler’s class) will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please note this is a final deadline for your teachers to submit your work- your submission deadline to your teacher will be a few days prior.

Information for AP Music Theory Exams: Before exam day, students will need to print or hand copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet (you will actually receive copies of this through the mail early next week) and gain access to an audio recording app or software before exam day.  Please see more information on the website, or contact Ms. Carver. 

Students who were approved for testing accommodations by the College Board will be able to utilize them during this testing period.  You should have received information about this from The College Board at this point.  If not, please reach out to me at melynda.kane@vcsdny.org and we will work it out together.  

The 2020 AP Exam administration will be delivered in a 45-minute online exam for each course. 

This year’s exams will cover skills and concepts learned through early March. 
Most 2020 AP Exams will have 1–2 free-response questions, each question will be timed separately. Students can type them online or handwrite answers and submit a photo.
Students will need an e-ticket in order to gain access to their exams.   You’ll receive your e-ticket by email two days before each test. On exam day, you’ll need this e-ticket to check in to your exam. You’ll get a unique ticket for each exam you’re registered for.  You can also access your e-ticket in your student account on My AP (myap.collegeboard.org).

Here is a quick video on how to access your exam on test day.

Are you having difficulty receiving emails from The College Board?  Please click here for solutions to that problem.  If these don’t work, please contact me at melynda.kane@vcsdny.org and we will sort it out.  

Students may not consult with others on test day. A comprehensive and strict set of protocols to prevent and detect cheating is in place, including but not limited to: 

  • Students will be required to verify their identity and confirm work is their own on exam day.
  • Students’ work will be provided to their teacher after the exam.
  • Plagiarism detection software will be used on every exam submitted.
  • Students trying to gain an unfair advantage will have their scores canceled, and their school and potential colleges will be notified. So make sure you don’t do that.

Students and teachers can now access free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country on YouTube. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work assigned by schools.  AP Online Classes and Review Sessions on YouTube enable AP students to complete the few remaining topics of each AP course, and then focus on reviewing the course to prepare for the exam. 

 In AP Classroom, students will see a new Optional Student Practice section that includes the most relevant free-response questions to help them practice the concepts and skills that will be tested in May 2020. 

As usual, 2020 AP Exams will be scored by a network of college faculty and AP readers and reported on a 1–5 scale. Additionally, The College Board will plan to release scores as close to the usual July time frame as possible. 

Please direct questions to melynda.kane@vcsdny.org or your teacher.