1. Are the APs still on this year?
Yup, the APs are still on.
Although schools have been closed across the country (many for the rest of the year), the AP exams will still be administered this year.
2. Why are the APs still on?
Because you asked for them. According to the College Board, they “surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.”
Given that scoring a 4 or 5 on an AP exam can earn a student college credit or advanced placement, it’s easy to see why keeping the AP exams on the table this year helps students.
3. Hold on – how can I take the AP exam if we are supposed to remain home during this time?
Well, that does seem like a conundrum. Relax – you can now take them at home.
The College Board got creative & has tailored all of the AP exams to “online free-response.” So you can stay home (& stay in the same pajamas you’ve worn all week) & take your tests.
4. Wait, schools were closed before I had a chance to learn everything that would be covered on the AP test. Isn’t it unfair for them to test us on material that we didn’t learn?
Life isn’t fair sometimes. Luckily, this is not one of those times. 🙂
You will only be tested on “topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March,” according to the College Board.
5. What’s the format of the exam?
45-minutes long, & open book & open notes are allowed. Woohoo!
You can take the exam on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or even take a photo of your handwritten work. If you don’t have access to a device or WiFi, please let them know here so that they can find a way to get you connected.
6. When are the AP exams scheduled for this year?
May 11 through May 22, 2020. Here’s the daily schedule: Monday, May 11
AP Physics: Mechanics
AP Physics: Electricity & Magnetism
AP US Government
Tuesday, May 12
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Human Geography
Wednesday, May 13
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
AP English Literature & Composition
AP European History
Thursday, May 14
AP Spanish Literature & Culture
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Friday, May 15
AP Art History
AP US History
AP Computer Science A
Monday, May 18
AP Chinese Language & Culture
AP Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 19
AP Music Theory
AP Japanese Language & Culture
AP Italian Language & Culture
Wednesday, May 20
AP German Language & Culture
AP English Composition
Thursday, May 21
AP French Language & Culture
AP World History: Modern
Friday, May 22
AP Comparative Government & Politics
AP Spanish Language & Culture
Makeup exams will take place from June 1 through June 5.
Specific timings & exam details for each of the above AP exams is listed here.
7. Are there any resources to help me prepare for my AP exams?
Why yes, of course! 🙂
- There are free online AP classes & review sessions offered by the College Board going on right now! You can check that out here.
- Here’s the schedule of when every one of your AP courses are live-streamed for free each day.
- Khan Academy has teamed up to be the “official practice partner” for the AP Exams. You can find a ton of free videos, lessons, & exercises to help you prepare. For handy links to the various AP exam course materials, please visit here.
- Want individualized tutoring to get you ready for your AP exams? We are offering free office hours with our top tutors to get you up to speed while schools are closed. Sign up here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We also posted a list of free educational resources that we’ve tested out & recommend, & include many tailored for high school students & the subjects covered in AP exams here.
- If you would like more comprehensive one-on-one tutoring online, our tutors have slashed their hourly rates to help as many students as possible. If you are interested in tutoring & in need of financial aid, please let us know & we will do whatever we can to help you.
Wishing you all the best on your AP exams. Stay safe, stay home, & happy studying!