AP Testing

AP Testing Information

AP Updates as of April 29, 2020

Additional information and NEW RESOURCES are now available to help guide students through the exam day experience.

  • 2020 AP Testing Guide: The guide, designed for educators to walk their students through test day, provides information about:
    • The AP Exam ticket
    • Five steps to take before test day
    • Understanding the test day experience
    • Exam scores, credit and placement
  • 2020 AP Exam Day ChecklistStudents should complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.
  • Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.

The FCPS AP Exam FAQ page has also been updated.

AP Updates as of April 22, 2020

The College Board has released new information for AP students who have been approved for College Board testing accommodations. Students wishing to waive one or more accommodations for May 2020 testing must complete the steps listed on the College Board website no later than April 24, 2020. Please see the link below for details:

 AP Testing Accommodations - Information for Students

At this time, the College Board has also asked that students verify the email address they have saved in their College Board student account. Because FCPS blocks external email, students should NOT use their FCPS Gmail address as a contact in their College Board account.  For instructions on how to verify/update your College Board email address, please see the document below:  

Verifying your Student Account Email Address.pdf

 

April 14, 2020 Press Release

AP Exam Preparation

How will FCPS students prepare to take the AP exam(s) this year?

FCPS students are encouraged to use resources in the Middle School and High School Continuity of Learning site in FCPS 24-7 Learning and on the Advanced Placement YouTube channel to review. FCPS AP FCPS AP Teachers are providing distance learning instruction and the College Board is providing AP students with additional practice free-response questions (FRQs), available to all registered AP students, including students in exam-only sections.

How will FCPS AP teachers help students prepare for AP exams during distance learning?

AP teachers are providing opportunities for students to review for the AP exam using synchronous and asynchronous instructional approaches. In addition to teacher-created resources, teachers can make all Personal Progress Checks available on MyAP and set those to allow students to check their own progress. Also, teachers can assign practice timed FRQs, Topic Questions and Test Bank questions to cover material they want students to review to complement the College Board resources.

Is it necessary for students to make sure they are using a personal email in their College Board account?

Yes. In order to continue to receive communication from the College Board about this year’s online exams and to receive communication from the College Board after graduation from FCPS, it is important for students to use a personal email (and not their @fcpsschools.net email) in their College Board account.

The College Board continues to email each AP student relevant testing information. If a student has not received email communications from the College Board, they should immediately contact their school’s AP Testing Coordinator or AP Teacher(s) for instructions on how to verify the email address associated with their student account.

How can students update their email in their College Board account to delete an @fcpsschools.net email address and add a personal email address?

Students should login to their College Board account and change their email in their AP profile. Students may need to update their personal email account settings to allow messages from @email.

For step-by-step instructions on how to verify your student account email address:

  • Contact your school’s AP Testing Coordinator or your AP Teacher.
  • Reference the instructions on FCPS 24-7 Learning in the High School Continuity of Learning Resources - Distance Learning  Plan course. After logging in, click on AP & IBDP on the left menu. 

Where can students find tips on how to prepare for the online, open-book AP exams?

Please visit AP Exam Security – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

What does it mean that this year’s AP Exams are open book/open note?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

What open book/open note resources are allowed for AP subject exams?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

When will students and teachers get information about how exams will work, so they can prepare for exam day?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

How does a student indicate which university/college should receive their AP score(s)?

In their College Board account on the AP profile, students can indicate the university/college where they want their cumulative AP scores sent by June 20, 2020. Seniors may send their AP score(s) to one university/college at no cost. Additional score reports can be requested through the College Board for a fee.

What should students do about missing synchronous online distance learning instruction due to taking their AP exam(s)?

The AP Testing Coordinators will communicate the AP exam schedule to school staff so that teachers can allow flexibility for AP students who are testing. Students are encouraged to inform their teachers if they will miss online synchronous instruction. Synchronous classes will be recorded so that students can access and view at a later time to catch up on missed instruction.

AP Exam Schedule and Formats

When will the AP exams for the 2019-2020 school year take place?

Please visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

Are students allowed to register for an AP exam at this point in time? If a student in an AP course opted-out of the AP exam this fall, are they allowed to opt-in now?

No. AP exam ordering is closed for the 2019- 2020 school year.

What are the 2020 AP exam formats?

Please visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

What happens if a student is unable to take the AP exam as scheduled May 11-May 22, 2020?

Please visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

AP Testing and Technology Details

What technology is required to take online AP exams?

Please visit AP Exam Security – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

How will students access the new online AP test system?

Please visit AP Exam Security – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

How will students without access to technology take their AP exam(s)?

Please visit AP Exam Security – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website. If needed, students should contact their school to determine how to access an FCPS laptop and MiFi device.

How will the College Board ensure that 2020 AP exams are secure and fair to all students?

AP Exam Security information is available on the AP Coronavirus Updates page.

Do students need a calculator to test?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

What device should students test on?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Will students be able to test with approved accommodations?

Yes, students will be able to take online AP exams with College Board approved accommodations. Please visit the Accommodations for 2020 AP Exams page for details.

AP Subject Specific Questions

When are portfolios due for AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar and AP Art courses?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

When is the due date for the AP Research Paper?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

How will the AP Computer Science Principles score be computed?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

How will the AP Capstone (Seminar and Research) scores be computed?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

Will Calculus BC students receive AB sub scores for the 2020 AP exam administration? Can students take both the Calculus AB and BC exams?

No, students who take the Calculus BC exam will not receive AB subscores due to the online exam format. Students may not take both the Calculus AB and BC exams in the 2020 AP exam administration. Read the next question to change the AP exam from Calculus BC to AB.

A student is registered for an AP exam and wants to switch to take a different exam. Is switching AP exams allowed?

A change is only allowed in AP Calculus and AP Art.

  • For AP Calculus and AP Art students only, a registered student may request to switch from taking an Art and Design portfolio to another AP Art and vice versa at no charge.
  • A registered student may switch from taking the AP Calculus BC to Calculus AB and vice versa at no charge.

Students must notify their AP Testing Coordinator and ask them to process this change. The deadline to make this change was April 20, 2020.

AP Exam Scores

Will colleges accept the AP exam score(s) for credit and placement?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

When will exam scores be released? 

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

For the first time, AP teachers will receive their students’ 2020 AP exam responses (unscored) in late May.  As part of quarter 4 distance learning, can AP teachers evaluate and use a student’s exam response as demonstrated proficiency to positively influence the student’s final course grade?

Due to the uncertain timing of the arrival of students’ 2020 AP exam responses and inequities in access to the AP exam, it is not recommended teachers use a student’s exam response when considering the student’s final course grade. The College Board does not guarantee the arrival of exam responses prior to FCPS grading deadlines, especially deadlines for senior grades. Additionally, students may have opted out of the AP exam earlier in the year with the understanding that the AP exam could not impact their grade; for a variety of reasons, some students may decide not to take the online test; and some students may not be able to test until the June makeup window.

AP Exam Cancellation and Refund Requests

If a student does not want to test this year, can they cancel at no charge?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

How does a student cancel an AP exam if they do not wish to take an online exam?

All students should review the resources in the Middle School and High School Continuity of Learning site in FCPS 24-7 Learning and on the Advanced Placement YouTube channel before making a decision about whether or not to take an AP exam. No staff action is necessary to cancel an AP exam. If a student does not take the exam it is automatically cancelled and the $40 cancellation fee will not be assessed.

Can a current AP student choose not to take their exam this year and take the AP exam next year without penalty?

For the 2019-2020 school year, the student can choose not to take their exam without penalty. They can take the AP exam next year as a non-enrolled student and the student will pay the $94 test fee.

Will homeschool students, non-enrolled students, and students with AP exam counts over the six FCPS-funded exams who have paid the $94 AP exam fee and choose to not take their exam(s) be refunded the AP exam fee?

Yes. No action is necessary to request a refund. After all AP exams have been administered, the parents, guardians, or students that are due a refund will be identified by Financial Services. Refunds will be processed after June 8, 2020. If you are unsure whether or not you are due a refund, contact your school testing coordinator. 

Will refunds be processed for students who were assessed a $40 late order fee for ordering an AP exam after the November 15, 2019 deadline?

The College Board will assess the $40 late order exam fee if the student takes the exam during the 2020 testing window. If the student decides to not take that exam, the late order fee will not be assessed. If the parent, guardian, or student already paid a late order fee for an AP exam not taken, no actions are necessary to request a refund. After all AP exams have been administered the parent, guardian, or student due a refund will be identified by Financial Services. Refunds will be processed after June 8, 2020. If you are unsure whether or not you are due a refund, contact your school testing coordinator. 

 

AP Updates as of April 3, 2020

As previously announced, traditional face-to-face AP exam administrations will not take place this school year. Students will have the option of taking a 45-minute online free-response exam. To support these changes, the College Board is providing:

  • Free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country  designed to be used alongside work that may be given by teachers. Students can find the AP classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement
  • The 2020 AP Exam Online Schedule, with a new AP testing window of May 11-22, 2020. FCPS students should refer to the schedule to find the date and time of their AP exam(s).
  • Make-up testing dates for each subject on June 1-5, 2020. Students must contact their school’s AP testing coordinator in the event that a make-up exam is needed. 
  • Course specific exam information that explains the free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam and AP online test details. Students will be able to take online AP exams with College Board–approved accommodations such as extended time. Details will be available soon.
  • Information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can become familiar with the system.

AP students are encouraged to access lessons, tools and review resources provided via FCPS 24-7 (http://fcps.blackboard.com) as well as those provided by the AP program. 

FCPS will provide responses to frequently asked questions as well as guidance around refund requests as soon as possible.

Complete details about the 2020 exam administration and online classes and resources are available on the College Board Updates for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus page.

AP Exam Schedule

Click here to view the dates and times for each AP exam, what content will be covered and what will not be, the types, numbers, and weighting of questions, and more.

Taking the AP Exams

Get more information here about the exams, including the timing, expected tasks, and what to expect on exam day and beyond.

AP Updates due to Coronavirus as of March 20, 2020

In light of the College Board updates released on Friday, March 20, this FCPS News Release was published on March 23. These pages will be updated as more details become available. Please visit the College Board website for more information. For schools affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, College Board will be:

  • Providing live and on-demand AP courses for free
  • Developing a new at-home testing option

Free AP Review Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. View the full schedule here. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

May 2020 Exams

Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

Free resources will be available through exam day to help you get ready. While we encourage you to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge.

For the 2019-20 exam administration only:

  • Exams for each course will be secure, 45-minute online free-response tests.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students will also have the option to write responses by hand and submit a photo.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. College Board is working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly to let us know.

The exams will be secure. We’re using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

 

AP Tests at South County 

AP Test Fees

  • The fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit or are auditing will be paid by FCPS. The number of AP/IB tests is cumulative over a student’s academic career in FCPS and this year’s count will include all previously funded exams.  AP/IB tests taken outside of FCPS are not included in the cumulative count.
  • Students who choose to take one or more AP tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $94 per AP test.
  • Students taking one or more AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding course will be responsible for the test fee(s) and these test(s) will not count towards their six FCPS-funded tests.
  • Opt-outs and course drops after October 25, 2019 and/or exam day no-shows:
    • Will be charged $40 each for the FCPS-funded tests.
    • Will be charged $94 each if beyond the six FCPS-funded tests.

 

Fee Payment

  • AP test fees will be billed through My School Bucks
  • Parents/guardians can pay fees online using a debit or credit card or electronic check through MySchoolBucks (http://www.myschoolbucks.com).
  • Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees.

 

Opting Out

While FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the test(s). AP Test Opt Out forms were mailed home on October 1st! This form is due October 25th to Mrs. Watkins in Student Services. After this date if you drop the class or do not sit for the test there will be a fee, so make sure you turn it in as soon as possible! You only have to turn in the form if you are opting out of any of your tests. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Bird in Student Services or email him at cwbird@fcps.edu.

FCPS Advanced Placement Exam Fee Matrix 2019-2020

Non-Enrolled Registration

If your student is not currently enrolled in an AP class, but would like to take an AP exam, they may register and pay for the test. Contact Mr. Bird, Assessment Coach, by October 31st, in order to get an order form and discuss fees.

 

AP Accommodations

If your student requires accommodations in the testing environment they must to apply to College Board. Please contact Telia Johnson, our Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, at 703-446-1911 or @email  for more information on the accommodation application process.