FAQs for May 2020 AP Exams

  • Updated April 10, 2020 at 1:30pm

    Exam Information

    • AP Exam dates will be scheduled between 5/11 and 5/22. Please see the AP website for your specific course exam date and time. The College Board suggests taking the AP exam during the 5/11 to 5/22 window unless you have a technology issue. AP May Exam Schedule
    • Makeup exams will be from June 1-5 and will be the last opportunity for exams this year, no exceptions
    • Each subject exam is taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide
    • Schools and students do NOT need to communicate with AP about which day they will test
    • AP information will be sent to the email students used to sign up for their exams
      • If you need to change your email address because you no longer have access to it, you can do this by logging in to your AP account, going to Account Settings, and changing your email. The College Board recommends you use personal emails only, not school emails, to prevent issues with accessing College Board emails.
    • If you miss the May exam, you will receive a follow-up communication about taking the exam in June during the testing window for makeups (June 1-5)
    • All exams are open book/open note
      • Students can access class notes
      • Students can access class resources
      • Students MAY NOT consult with other individuals
      • Students MAY NOT incorporate work that is not their own
    • Most exams are 45 minutes long with one or two free response questions
    • Portfolio Courses will not have an exam (AP Art and Design, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Research, AP Seminar). The new deadline for portfolio submissions is now May 26, 2020
    • Students will need to log in to the AP system 30 minutes prior to their exam on exam day
    • Calculators are permitted, but questions are designed so that calculations should be able to be figured out without one
    • Exams can be taken on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone
    • Students will have 45 minutes to take the exam and an additional 5 minutes to upload their file
      • Students may type their exam and upload it as an attachment
      • Students may hand write their exam, take a photo, and upload the photo as an attachment
    • If students need mobile tools or connectivity help, please fill out the form from AP to get help to access the exams AP Internet or Device Help
      • This form is available in Spanish and English
      • This form must be filled out by April 24, 2020
      • If you cannot complete the form, you may send an email to: RemoteAPAccess@collegeboard.org 
    • In late April the College Board will release information and video demonstrations on how to access the testing system on test day
    • If there are technical difficulties on the day of the exam, students may file a technical difficulty form with AP to request to re-take the exam on the makeup day (in early June). This is why it is important to take the exam during the May testing window.

    Exam Security

    • Comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating
      • Exams designed for at-home administration with security in mind
      • Each subject’s exam taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide
      • Tools used to detect plagiarism
      • Some protocols remain confidential to maximize effectiveness
    • Serious consequences for students who violate exam security
    • Some protocols will remain confidential
    • Students will be required to verify their identity and certify that their work is their own
    • AP teachers will receive copies of the exams to review

    Important Dates for Students

    • By June 20th, students need to update their AP accounts with the code for the college or university they want to be sent their free exam reports. To do this, students can sign into their AP account, go to the AP Profile menu, and select the Score Send Tab to search for their school.