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Dear Parents and Students,

We have received the AP 2020 Exam Schedule along with updates from the College Board. Please refer below to the recent updates from the College Board:

Exam Length, Structure, and Format

  • The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We know that some students have lost more class time than others, and we want to be fair to all students.
  • Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.
  • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
  • Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. We'll provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

Exam Timing and Tasks

  • Exams will be given from May 11 through May 22.
  • Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
  • Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1 through June 5.
  • Students can take the exam at home or in school, if schools reopen.

Note that most AP students that we surveyed nationwide said they prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.

Taking the Exam

In late April, we’ll provide AP students and educators with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.

Exam Scoring and Earning Credit and Placement

Get information about exam scoring, the score release timeline, and why we believe that most colleges will award credit and/or placement as they have in the past.

Exam Security

Learn how we'll make sure that 2020 exams are secure and fair to all students.


Online AP Classes and Review Lessons

Visit the AP Course Schedule for details about optional free, live online AP classes and review lessons to help students prepare for the exam.

For additional details, see our FAQ page.

Here at ACS, we will be putting the following actions into place:

  • AP teachers will review the Exam Length, Structure and Format and make sure students practice many times before the AP test.
  • In late April, they will review information on how to access the testing system and make sure every student has the correct software.
  • AP teachers will provide various mock AP tests for practice and feedback, besides the AP Mock test that students will take closer to the actual AP test date. This last mock test will also be your child’s semester 2 final grade for the AP class.

Estimados padres y alumnos,

Hemos recibido el Calendario de Exámenes AP 2020 junto con actualizaciones de College Board. Consulte a continuación las actualizaciones recientes de College Board:

Duración del examen, estructura y formato

  • Los exámenes solo incluirán temas y habilidades que la mayoría de los maestros y estudiantes de AP ya han cubierto en clase a principios de marzo. Sabemos que algunos estudiantes han perdido más tiempo de clase que otros, y queremos ser justos con todos los estudiantes.
  • Al igual que muchos exámenes de nivel universitario, los exámenes AP de este año serán de libro abierto / nota abierta. Obtenga consejos para tomar exámenes de libro abierto / nota abierta.
  • La mayoría de los exámenes tendrán una o dos preguntas de respuesta libre, y cada pregunta se programa por separado. Los estudiantes deberán escribir y enviar sus respuestas dentro del tiempo asignado para cada pregunta.
  • Para la mayoría de las asignaturas, los exámenes durarán 45 minutos e incluirán 5 minutos adicionales para subir. Los estudiantes deberán acceder al sistema de evaluación en línea 30 minutos antes para prepararse.
  • Los estudiantes podrán realizar exámenes en cualquier dispositivo al que tengan acceso: computadora, tableta o teléfono inteligente. Podrán escribir y cargar sus respuestas o escribirlas a mano y enviar una foto a través de su teléfono celular.
  • Los estudiantes que toman los exámenes de cultura y lenguaje mundial AP completarán dos tareas habladas consistentes con las preguntas de respuesta libre tres y cuatro en el examen AP actual; No se requerirán respuestas por escrito. Brindaremos más detalles en las próximas semanas para ayudar a los estudiantes a prepararse.

Tiempo de examen y tareas

  • Los exámenes se darán del 11 al 22 de mayo.
  • El examen de cada asignatura se realizará el mismo día a la misma hora, en todo el mundo.
  • Las fechas de los exámenes de recuperación estarán disponibles para cada asignatura del 1 de junio al 5 de junio.
  • Los estudiantes pueden tomar el examen en casa o en la escuela, si las escuelas vuelven a abrir.

Tomar el examen

  • A fines de abril, proporcionaremos a los estudiantes y educadores de AP información sobre cómo acceder al sistema de exámenes el día del examen y demostraciones en video para que los estudiantes puedan familiarizarse con el sistema.

Calificación de examen y obtención de crédito y colocación

  • Obtenga información sobre la calificación del examen, el cronograma de publicación de la calificación y por qué creemos que la mayoría de las universidades otorgarán crédito y / o colocación como lo han hecho en el pasado.

Examen de seguridad

Aprenda cómo nos aseguraremos de que los exámenes 2020 sean seguros y justos para todos los estudiantes.


Clases de AP en línea y lecciones de repaso. Visite el Programa de cursos AP para obtener detalles sobre las clases AP en línea gratuitas y en vivo opcionales y revise las lecciones para ayudar a los estudiantes a prepararse para el examen.

Para obtener detalles adicionales, consulte nuestra página de preguntas frecuentes.

Aquí en ACS, implementaremos las siguientes acciones:

  • Los maestros de AP revisarán la duración, estructura y formato del examen y se asegurará de que los estudiantes practiquen muchas veces antes de la prueba de AP.
  • A fines de abril, revisarán la información sobre cómo acceder al sistema de evaluación y se asegurará de que cada estudiante tenga el software correcto.
  • As the College Board responds to the impact of coronavirus, our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. We’re working hard to make the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows.


Right now, public health officials have made clear it is not safe to gather students in one place. Many states have closed school for the rest of the academic year, and globally there are widespread school closures across 192 countries. As such, we will not be able to administer the SAT and SAT Subject Tests as planned on June 6, 2020.

Students will have opportunities to take the SAT to make up for this spring’s lost administrations. If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May. We’ll communicate directly with students when the exact date is available. Eligible students will be able to take the exam with a fee waiver. Students who were registered for June and those in the high school class of 2021 who do not have SAT scores will have early access to registration for the August, September, and October administrations.

Due to the administration cancellations this spring, we expect there will be a high demand for the SAT administrations later this year. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to open their doors and provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to can take the SAT.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll provide students, families, and our K–12 and higher ed members with new information about our testing plans. And we’ll regularly update our webpage.

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