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AP Exams 2020 Format | Online Version

The 2020 AP exams are very different, compared to the regular format. Here then is a rundown of the AP exams 2020 format to review.

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AP Exams 2020 Format: Length and Structure

Here are the important points that you should know right now.

  • Exams will only cover topics and skills that AP classes have theoretically already gone over by early March. No content after that point will be tested.
  • This year’s exams will be open book/open notes.
  • Most exams will include one to two free-response questions.
    • Each question will be separately timed.
    • Students will write and submit their responses within that timeframe alone.
  • Exams will be 45 minutes long and include an additional 5 minute period for uploading.
    • To start the exam on time, students must access the online testing system 30 minutes ahead of schedule to set up.
  • Students are allowed to take exams on an internet-connected device including computers, tablets, and smartphones. Using one of these devices, they will be able to type and upload question responses.
    • In addition, students can handwrite their responses and submit a photo of them too. Either option is allowed.
  • AP world language and culture exams will contain two spoken tasks similar to two free-response questions on the current exam. Written responses will not be required for those specific questions.

AP Exams 2020 Format: Exams Requiring Portfolio Submissions

Specific AP classes use portfolio submissions instead of a separate exam.

All portfolio submission deadlines are extended to May 26th at 11:59 pm EST:

  • 2-D Art and Design
  • 3-D Art and Design
  • Drawing
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Research
  • Seminar

AP Exams 2020 Timing and Make-Up Dates

Here are the days you can take this year’s exams, both regular and make-ups.

  • Exams are officially administered from May 11th-May 22nd
  • Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day, simultaneously across the world.
  • Make-up test dates will be available for every subject from June 1st-June 5th.
  • Students can take their exams at home; they are not be required to take them at a school or testing center.

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