College Board announces new procedures for AP exams (Updated)

Update, as of April 30:

On April 29, the College Board announced new resources and information relating to the upcoming at-home AP exams.

Starting May 4, students will have the ability to practice submissions with the exam demo. This program provides click-through practice regarding the various ways answers can be submitted for the exam. It is recommended for students to utilize this resource to avoid technical issues on testing day.

The College Board will send out exam e-tickets two days prior to the test. Students will need to ensure the correct time of their exam based on their time zone.

New information also includes the testing procedures for the world language and music theory exams. A video detailing the test-taking experience for world languages will be available the week of May 4. These exams will be administered using the AP World Languages Exam App, or WLEA. The app will be free and available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. The College Board will notify teachers and students when it is available for download. World language exams will only be available on mobile devices.

For AP Music Theory, exam students will need to print or hand-copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and have access to an audio recording software. Further information can be found on their website


The College Board released new information regarding the administration of AP exams this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Students will take the exams from May 11-22 and will have the option to test at home or at school, depending on when schools reopen. The exams, as of now, will be available via computers, tablets, and smartphones. They will be open note, however students may not consult with other individuals during the exam period. Make-up exams are scheduled for June 1-5. Test takers can find the full testing schedule for AP exams on the College Board’s website.

A majority of the exams will be 45 minutes long with an additional five minutes allowed for uploading answers. Most exams will have one or two free-response questions that will be timed separately. Students have the option to type up their answers and upload them via an electronic device, or to write their answers by hand and submit them to the College Board by photo. Updated testing procedures for art-based exams and world language exams can be found below.

The College Board is planning to release tips for testing on certain devices in late April. They also plan on offering optional student practice on the AP Classroom starting April 13, which includes help with free-response questions. The College Board currently provides live AP review courses. If any students are in need of mobile tools or assistance with mobile tools, they can contact the College Board directly.

As of now, scores will still be released within the July timeframe.

Check back for updates on the status of the AP exams.

For those taking any of the following—Art and Design: 2D, Art and Design: 3D, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar—these exams will use portfolio submissions and will not have an online exam. The College Board has extended the deadlines for these submissions to May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET.

For students taking a world language exam, the test will be composed of two spoken tasks that are consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP exam. Written responses will not be required. Additional information will be sent out in the coming weeks.

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