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Advanced Placement Update
Advanced Placement Update
Posted on 04/08/2020

Advanced Placement (AP) Update for our Students and Families:


PSD Schools are now scheduled to be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Our AP students have scheduled and paid for AP exams to be taken this spring (updated test dates/options can be found in the attached link to the College Board website).  


Students are still expected to take the AP exam for the course(s) in which they are enrolled.  Any student/family that will cancel their AP exam must complete this process through the College Board website and the school district will issue any applicable refunds after June 5. 

Our goal during the closure is to prepare students for success on these modified AP exams.  Students will need to finish any incomplete units of instruction that contain material pertinent to the AP exam this spring. Additionally, students will need instructional review on previous learning in order to be successful on the AP exams.  Students and teachers will need to conduct two-way, question/answer review of instruction during this closure. Additionally, students will be expected to access College Board Online Reviews that are being created in response to school closures.

Instructional Plan:

  • • Each Monday teachers will send out weekly plan through Schoology & HAC email.
  • • Teachers should upload resources, video and/or assignments weekly.
  • • Teachers should be available for webinar question & answer twice/week.
  • • Grading…we do not assign grades for work students complete, but it is best practice to provide feedback.Students need our critique of their work, especially their writing.The decision of final course grades (i.e. letter grades vs. Credit/No Credit grades) is still being coordinated among our surrounding districts, state officials, and college representatives.


  • • AP Classroom is a primary vehicle to access resources for student prep.
  • • College Board has also made video lessons available nationwide to AP students (see CB update below)
  • • Zoom videoconferencing software is available for teachers and students to video conference.
  • • Limited hotspots for those students without access to the internet are available at our comprehensive high schools.Please contact your school principal/counselor to request access to a hotspot.
  • • Students have access to Zoom as teachers invite them to sessions. Teachers and students are learning this software together (teachers have recently completed professional development on Zoom as well).

Exam Dates:

Most AP students we surveyed prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.
   • Exams will be given from May 11–22.
   • You can take exams at home.
   • Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
   • Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
   • View the full testing schedule below at

Exam Format:

Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. You'll need to write and submit your responses within the allotted time for each question.

  • • You'll be able to take exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You'll be able to type and upload your responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via your cell phone. Students must retrieve and submit the exam on the same device.
  • • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long. You'll need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • • Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Students taking one of these courses may receive separate course specific communications.
  • • Students taking world languages and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
  • • Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.

Confronting the Digital Divide:

We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some students from participating. Working with partners, we're investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If you, or someone you know, needs mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact us directly to let us know by April 24.

Exam Scores and College Credit:

As usual, your work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July time frame as possible. We're confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. We've spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year's AP Exams.

Exam Security:

Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, you may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period. We'll take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as we do every year. We're confident that the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, we have a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, you can learn more about our security measures.

Students should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.

Remote Instruction and Practice:

On March 25, we began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.

You can also take advantage of free, optional student practice on AP Classroom for most courses. Starting April 13, you'll see a new Optional Student Practice section that includes free-response questions to help you practice the concepts and skills that will be tested in May 2020. You can answer these in any order, and you'll have an opportunity to review how each question will be scored before you submit so you can review and revise your answer.

Additional Information:

We've also added a frequently asked questions section to the site so you can find answers to important topics including information for students with accommodations, details about exam fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies, and more. We'll continue to make updates on the site and share them with you through email and social media. 

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