AP Testing Information - Spring 2020

AP Testing Information - Spring 2020

Due to the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the College Board has made changes to Advanced Placement (AP) testing for the spring of 2020.  The College Board developed secure, online free-response exams for each course. The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students covered in class by early March. The College Board recognizes some students have lost more class time than others, and they want to be fair to all students. As a result, they developed and released an AP Exam Schedule with two test dates for each exam – for tests without exam dates you will see other important submission dates on the schedule. Additional details for each exam are available through the same link and are posted beneath the chart.

Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone. Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. For tips on taking open book/open note exams, please visit Tips for Success on Open Book/Open Note Exams.

Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. The College Board will provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

We recognize some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam.  Please contact the AP teacher(s) and/or AP coordinator to communicate any concerns related to accessing resources needed to take AP exams before April 24, 2020.

In late April, The College Board will provide AP students and educators with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system. When this information is released, the College Board will also communicate information related to students approved for testing accommodations.

For more information regarding the College Board’s process for exam scoring and releasing scores, please visit Exam Scoring and Earning Credit.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is committed to helping all students and their families during this difficult time. So, please contact the school for any assistance. The following page outlines next steps depending on your decision to take any exams.

For students who wish to take an AP Exam:

  1. Continue working with AP teachers on assignments in order to prepare for exams via AP Classroom and Schoology. Students can also attend review sessions and online AP classes  provided by the College Board on YouTube.

  2. Students should ensure they know their College Board username and password (the same one used for AP Classroom). This is essential for accessing the online exam when it becomes available.  Do not create a new College Board account.

  3.  Students will receive College Board updates and exam information via email.  Students should check their profile in AP Classroom to ensure their contact information is up-to-date.

  4. Create a schedule of AP exam dates and times as they differ from the typical start times. If there is a conflict with one of the exam dates/times, please contact the AP coordinator at your school. Students will be responsible for ensuring they begin their exam on the correct date at the correct time.

  5. If a student has connectivity issues, contact the  AP teacher(s) and/or AP coordinator to communicate any concerns related to resources needed to take AP exams before April 24, 2020.


    For students who DO NOT wish to take an AP Exam:

  1. Log into your Total Registration account  (where you paid for your exam) and click on “Exam Cancellation Request” to cancel the exam. Virginia Beach City Public Schools will approve all requests to cancel exams.

  2. When cancelling, select “Coronavirus” as the reason for cancellation. There is no cancellation fee and a full refund will be issued to the card on file.