The COVID-19 coronavirus is making gigantic changes in the 2019/2020 school year, and one of those progressions is the way AP tests will be taken this spring. The College Board has made ongoing updates to the 2020 AP tests, and you can discover all that you have to think about them right now. We spread if/how the AP tests will be taken if schools will at present acknowledge these scores, and how you can get ready for the tests.
What Changes Have Been Made to AP Exams as a Result of COVID-19?
For the 2020 organization of AP tests, rather than taking a few hour AP test at school or a testing place, understudies will take a 45-minute at-home test that comprises just of free-response inquiries for each AP test. This will just occur for 2020; one year from now AP tests will come back to their standard configuration. The College Board chose to roll out this improvement to both guard understudies during the COVID-19 flare-up yet additionally offer understudies the chance to even now get AP test scores. Before reporting these changes, they overviewed about 18,000 AP understudies to check whether they despite everything needed the chance to take an AP test; 91% reacted that they did.
In the event that you’ve just enrolled for AP tests and conclude you would prefer not to take at least one of them, you can drop and get a full refund.
What Will the AP Exams Be Like This Year?
This year, most** AP tests will:
- Be taken at the understudy’s home
- Be taken on the web
- Most recent 45 minutes
- Comprise just of free-response questions
- Only include questions on topics most classes have covered by early March
- Have two testing dates (one sooner for understudies who need to keep their insight new, and one later for understudies who need more opportunity to plan)
**For AP tests that include making and presenting a portfolio (Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Research, and Seminar) portfolio necessities have been diminished, and the cutoff times for them to be submitted have been stretched out to May 26th, at 11:59 PM ET.
As should be obvious, the College Board has rolled out different improvements to AP tests so as to make accepting the test as simple as workable for understudies whose classes have been disturbed by the coronavirus. Rather than taking the test face to face, it will be taken on the web and at your home. You can take the AP tests on a PC, tablet, or cell phone, and you can likewise take photographs of manually written answers and present those (this can be especially valuable in the event that you have to work out conditions or draw outlines). You’ll likewise pick one of two testing dates (the testing timetable will be discharged by April 3) for every test.
Tests will, in any case, be scored on the customary size of 1-5, in spite of the fact that there will be no subscores for tests like Calculus BC and Music Theory.
With an end goal to decrease cheating, literary theft identification instruments will be utilized, and questions will likewise be picked that make it progressively hard to duplicate someone else’s work. There will be various inquiries for each testing date with the goal that understudies who pick the later testing date don’t profit by knowing the inquiries from the prior testing date.
Test managers are now choosing test questions, and it’s not yet known what number of inquiries each AP test will have. It’s likewise not yet known whether/how the new test configuration will affect when you get AP scores.
Will Colleges Still Accept These AP Scores?
Since these AP tests are so not the same as expected AP tests, a few understudies are worried that, regardless of whether they score high on the test, schools won’t give them school kudos for their scores or consider them to be great as they ordinarily would.
Nonetheless, the College Board has expressed that universities bolster their answer and will guarantee understudies despite everything get school acknowledgment for high AP scores from the current year’s tests. There’s additionally a point of reference for this, as already little gatherings of understudies have taken abbreviated AP tests because of crisis circumstances, and universities have still acknowledged their scores.
It’s not astonishing schools are glad to acknowledge these AP scores a similar way they do past years’ scores. Schools by and large don’t punish understudies for conditions outside their ability to control, and the devastation COVID-19 has unleashed on instruction frameworks is unquestionably one of those conditions. Universities see how troublesome it is/will be to instruct, learn, and test on the web, and they would prefer not to give understudies another obstacle to defeat by not tolerating their AP scores.
A few schools may have understudies total extra necessities, for example, taking school managed tests in specific subjects to twofold check their insight in AP subjects they took, however, we anticipate most (if not all) schools to acknowledge these scores the manner in which they would some other AP scores.