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.
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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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.