Nearly 40 percent of OH students in grades 9-12 are currently enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course. But the COVID-19 crisis and its disruptive effect on school operations is raising questions about this year’s AP exams. Since many OH students are taking more than one AP course, the crisis affects 274 exams in Ottawa Hills.
Here is what the College Board (the organization that creates the AP Exams) has currently communicated:
- Traditional face-to-face exams (usually three to four hours in length) will not take place. Instead, students will take a 45-minute free-response exam online at home. Those new at-home testing options are being developed.
- For each AP subject, there will be two testing dates (dates to be announced Friday, April 3). Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh.
To help students prepare for the 2020 AP exams, the College Board (the national nonprofit that administers the AP program) is providing free remote learning resources. Since March 25, students and teachers have been able to attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Also during this time, the OH faculty who are teaching AP courses continue to provide guidance to students.
Since some students across the country lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to, including computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
For the latest information about AP exams, visit the College Board’s Coronavirus update website.
If you have questions about the AP exam process at Ottawa Hills, contact Jennifer Nagy, college guidance counselor.