The unprecedented spread of coronavirus has closed schools across the country, some for the rest of the year. In response to a nationwide shift to virtual learning, the College Board has unveiled virtual supports for educators and students: free, remote learning opportunities and for the first time ever, at-home Advanced Placement (AP) testing for its 2019-20 exam administration in May.
“We surveyed thousands of students from all over the country, and they overwhelmingly want to test,” said Trevor Packer, the senior vice president of AP & Instruction. “We want to give every student the chance to earn the college credit they’ve worked toward throughout the year. That’s why we quickly set up a process that’s simple, secure, and accessible.”
These options will provide more than 3 million AP students worldwide the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working hard for all school year. The College Board surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging the organization not to cancel exams.
Students can now continue preparing for exams at home with access to free, live and on-demand, mobile-friendly AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Face-to-face AP Exams will be replaced by shorter, online versions that can be taken in 45-minutes at home on students’ device of choice — smartphone, tablet, or computer. Students without access to the internet or a device can contact the College Board to indicate their needs.
Online exams will be given May 11-22, 2020; make-up test dates will also be available for each subject. Details about specific AP Exams, fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies, and more will be added and continually updated on the College Board website and shared via email, through online educator communities, and social media.
About College Board
College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement® Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit collegeboard.org.