CollegeBoard announces alternative exam preparation, format

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the CollegeBoard announced on March 20 they will be providing students alternative resources to prepare for and take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. 

As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. We’re providing free remote learning resources [and] investing in the development of a new at-home testing option,” the CollegeBoard said in their update. 

In response to school closers the CollegeBoard is offering students free remote learning resources. Starting March 25, students can attend live, online review courses delivered by AP teachers. These lessons will also be available on-demand.

Due to the closure of schools around the country, national AP testing will be different than normal. Testing will not take place in person, so LHS students will not test at the Wildwood Hotel as originally planned. 

For each AP Exam there will be two different testing dates to be administered online that will be available through a computer, tablet and smartphone. Despite being written about two years ahead of the testing date, educator-led development committees are currently working with the CollegeBoard to select administered exam questions for the 2020 exams which will be an expected 45 minute test. 

Due to students being out of school for long periods of time, the CollegeBoard has altered the content covered in each AP subject’s exam. The CollegeBoard has ensured colleges will accept the shortened exams for credit, and they have tools in place to prevent cheating.

“The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams,” the CollegeBoard said. 

More information regarding testing details will be available by April 3.