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Upcoming AP Exams

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Upcoming AP Exams

AP Exams are standardized exams designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of a specific AP course. Most AP courses have an end-of-year paper-and-pencil exam, but a few courses have different ways to assess what you’ve learned—for example, AP Art and Design students submit a portfolio of work for scoring.

Last spring, the College Board, which oversees the AP program, redesigned the exam to accommodate a new reality of shuttered schools, disrupted learning, and students with varying degrees of connectivity. The result was an open book, open note, abbreviated at-home exam, using whatever device a student had available.

This year, the College Board, having learned from last year’s experiences, is announcing more changes in an effort to provide “unprecedented flexibility” in the age of pandemic-era testing, says Trevor Packer, a senior vice president at the nonprofit who leads the AP program.

The goal is to meet students where they are by allowing them to test where and when it’s convenient. Students who attend a school that is open for in-person instruction may take a traditional paper-and-pencil AP exam with a proctor—the same way students did before the pandemic—or opt for the digital version. Students who are still learning remotely can take the digital exam at home, which will be full-length (three to four hours, instead of 45 minutes, as was the case last year) and virtually the same as the handwritten version.

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