College Board developing AP exam home testing option

On March 20, the College Board announced that this year’s AP exams, which were scheduled for administration in May, will now be offered to students online due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  There will be no face-to-face administration of the exams this year.  The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.

College Board is currently working with a group of educators to identify the exam questions that will make up the 45-minute online assessments.  Students will be able to take the tests using a range of devices including phones, tablets and computers.  Photos of handwritten work will also be accepted.

In the light of the range of impacts that coronavirus has had on school districts around the country, the AP exams will only include “topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March”, according to the College Board.

The College Board also acknowledged the security challenges of administering exams online.  “The exam questions are designed and administered 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.”

Lastly, the College Board will announce two different testing dates to accommodate students who may want to test earlier.  Much more information will be available on April 3, and Breakaway will keep you posted.

How Breakaway Can Help

For the past eight years, Breakaway has provided support for students preparing for AP exams, including all math, science, literature and history exams.  We have nearly 50 instructors, many of whom have master’s or Ph.D. degrees and bring of depth of expertise in their respective areas, including the following:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • Physics
  • U.S. History

Breakaway can supplement the work your student is doing at school with additional practice and review to help get your student ready for their upcoming online AP exam.

Please let us know if we can be of help to you at this time.

Thank you.

Ron Michalak
President, Breakaway Test Prep
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Barbara Jeffers
Director, Maple Grove/Northwest Suburbs
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John Kingsbury
Director, Mendota Heights office
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Lori Wormald
Director, Wayzata office
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Matt McManus
Director, Eden Prairie office
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Rachel Erickson
Director, Students with Learning Disabilities
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