With schools throughout California and many other states closed, Advanced Placement (AP) students are in limbo about testing. The College Board sent out a press release with information for the millions of students navigating this period of disrupted education.
The College Board announced free, remote learning opportunities for AP students to prepare for the at-home Advanced Placement testing for the 2019-2020 school year. As part of coronavirus coverage, the College Board would like to share information about new supports for millions of Advanced Placements students navigating this period of disruption in education.
These options will provide 3.4 million students worldwide the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working hard toward all school year, according to the report. The College Board surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91 percent indicated they want to complete this important step, urging the organization not to cancel these exams.
The release said beginning Wednesday, March 25, students will have access to free, live, and on-demand, mobile-friendly AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the Country. Offered will be any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam. The College Board will invest so every AP student impacted by COVID-19 has the technology and connectivity needed to view the AP review sessions and take the exam from home, according to the release.
Additionally, traditional, face-to-face AP exams will be replaced by shorter, online versions of the exams that can be taken in 45-minutes at home on students’ device of choice — smartphone, tablet, or computer, according to the AP College Board. Students without access to the internet or a device can contact the College Board to indicate their needs.
Each AP subject will have two different testing dates so students can choose when they want to take the exam. The dates will be announced by Friday, April 3. Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
AP classes and exams are a crucial part of lowering the overall cost of higher education by accumulating credits without paying college tuition. This is especially relevant for students and their families during these very uncertain times, per the release.