The College Board last week announced that due to nationwide school closures, students will have access to remote-learning activities and the option to take a 45-minute exam online.
According to the College Board, students who are already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. Exams will be given May 11-22. The testing schedule can be viewed online here. Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.
Students can submit an online exam using a computer, tablet or smartphone, as well as providing a photo of handwritten work. 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.
If a student is taking a world language exam, they will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP exam. Written responses will not be required.
Additionally, the College Board launched a new online resource for students taking exams including free, live AP review courses. The courses will be run by AP teachers, available on demand and feature content to use alongside any resources provided by classroom teachers. They can be accessed online here. Additionally, My AP Classroom has free-response practice and other review tools.
If a student needs mobile tools or connectivity, they can make a request to College Board by April 24. HISD will have an informational webinar “Preparing for Virtual Success on AP Online Exams” for students and parents on April 14, from 2-3 p.m.
The College Board has schedule and test change information posted on the website at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. For more information about HISD AP courses, visit https://www.houstonisd.org/ap or email Advanced@houstonisd.org.