In light of nationwide school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak, committee members on the College Board Advanced Placement Program announced March 20 that AP exams will be administered online and clarified that the tests will be open-note and open-book March 29.
The exams will test students’ abilities to apply overarching themes and skills to broader problems, as opposed to forcing test takers to memorize and recall facts, AP Program Head Trevor Packer said.
Each exam will be held for 45 minutes and will only test students on material that most AP teachers around the country have covered by March. The board also said that it will offer two testing dates for each exam and will release the specific dates on April 3.
The committee said that online testing is not unprecedented and that it will implement extra measures to eliminate cheating, such as plagiarism detection software. Universities across the country will accept scores from the shortened exams in lieu of the conventional three-hour AP tests, according to the College Board.
“Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they’ve worked this year to earn,” members of the College Board said in an email. “For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.”
The board will also provide low-income students with additional resources to give them the same opportunities to take the online tests. In the meantime, the AP Program will continue to offer free, online AP review classes led by AP teachers nationwide.
For more information, visit the College Board website.