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Important Information for AP Art and Design Students
  • No physical portfolios. All AP Art and Design Portfolio Exams will be submitted digitally. Students will not send physical portfolios this year. 
  • New deadline. The portfolio submission deadline is extended to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Updated requirements. The portfolio requirements have changed:
    • The Sustained Investigation section requires 10 images (instead of 15)
    • The Selected Works section requires 3 works (instead of 5). The required number of images per portfolio are as follows:
      • AP Drawing: Upload 3 images (1 view each) of 3 works
      • AP 2-D Art and Design: Upload 3 images (1 view each) of 3 works
      • AP 3-D Art and Design: Upload 6 images (2 views each) of 3 works
Most AP teachers and students we surveyed prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.

• Exams will be given from May 11–22.

• Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

• Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.

• Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

We encourage you to remind your students about exam dates for their courses.

Exam Format
Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.

• Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.

• For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

• 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, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.

• Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

To learn more about the rationale behind the exam content, watch Trevor Packer's presentation.

Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.

Confronting the Digital Divide
We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we're investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact us directly to let us know by April 24.

Exam Scores and College Credit
As usual, students' work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.

We're confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. We've spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year's AP Exams.

Exam Security
Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period. We'll take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as we do every year.

We're confident that the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, we have a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, students and education professionals can learn more about our security measures.

At a minimum, test takers should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.

Remote Instruction and Practice
On March 25, we began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.

In addition to sharing information about these classes with students, teachers who are providing remote instruction can use AP Classroom for most subjects. We've now unlocked secure free-response questions in AP Classroom so teachers can digitally assign relevant practice questions students can take at home. Additional tips for helping your students practice are available.

AP STUDENTS (and Parents)

  • April 13 Student Practice  - The AP Program has already unlocked relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so teachers can assign free-response questions that students can take at home. Starting April 13, students, including students in exam-only sections, will see a new Optional Student Practice section that includes the most relevant free-response questions (FRQs) to help them practice the concepts and skills that will be tested in May 2020. Students can answer these in any order, and they'll have an opportunity to review how each question will be scored before they submit so they can review and revise their answer.
  • AP Parent Webinar - Thursday, April 16th 7pm EST Help Your Student Prepare for AP Exams Webinar. Parents are invited to join a webinar hosted by Trevor Packer, head of the AP Program, to learn more about at-home testing, the exam schedule, and AP review classes. He'll interview an AP teacher about how to  best prepare for exams and a representative from college admissions about how students can earn college credit and placement with exam scores.  Registration link can be found here
  • The AP Program will email AP students on Monday, April 13 with their exam schedule and they will also survey students to learn more about AP plans. 


Message from CollegeBoard regarding AP classes and exams 
Hi, Student and Parent,
The health and safety of educators and students are the AP® Program's highest priorities. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we'll support AP students with free, optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will give you the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement you've been working toward all year.

AP Exam Administration
We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel their AP Exams. The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

For the 2019-20 exam administration only, you can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Note: Students taking Art and Design: 2D, Art and Design: 3D, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar will not take online exams. AP scores for these courses will be based on work submitted via their respective digital portfolios.

  • Each AP subject will have two different testing dates so you can choose when you want to take the exam.
  • The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers already covered in class by early March.
  • The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
  • You'll be able to take these streamlined exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
  • We'll continue to support you with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
View current information about 2020 AP Exams. The exam format, schedule, and other updates will be posted soon.

Daily Online Review AP Classes
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you'll have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:
  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools
  • Recorded and will be available on-demand so you can access them any time
  • Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction

As we gather additional information and resources, we'll update our webpage and share updates by email and our social media channels. 
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