2020 AP Exams Frequently Asked Questions

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The 2020 AP exams are a departure from previous years, given the circumstances. Here are some AP exams’ frequently asked questions that people are wondering about now.

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2020 AP Exams Frequently Asked Questions

When will the AP Exams be administered this year?

The College Board will hold the 2020 AP Exams from May 11th-22nd.

This change is designed to help students better prepare given the circumstances, with the various tests staggered over an 11-day period. The exam dates and corresponding tests per day are listed below:

 
Date Exams
Mon, May 11
  • Physics C: Mechanics,
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • United States Government and Politics
Tues, May 12
  • Latin,
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Human Geography
Wed, May 13
  • Physics 2: Algebra-Based
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
Thurs, May 14
  • Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Fri, May 15
  • Art History
  • United States History
  • Computer Science A
Mon, May 18
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
Tues, May 19
  • Music Theory
  • Psychology
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Italian Language and Culture
Wed, May 20
  • German Language and Culture
  • English Language and Composition
  • Microeconomics
Thurs, May 21
  • French Language and Culture
  • World History: Modern
  • Macroeconomics
Fri, May 22
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Statistics
  • Spanish Language and Culture

Do students need a calculator for the exams?

The 2020 AP Exams may involve some calculations (for example in STEM and economics tests).

However, like the SAT, the questions are designed for calculations to be solved using pencil and paper alone. Simple, four-function calculators are allowed for use. This year, because of the exams’ online format, the College Board is even allowing students to use calculator apps for phones and other internet-connected devices.

If students want to cancel this year’s test and retake it next year, can they do so without charge?

According to the College Board, they will not charge students for exams not taken.

This exemption includes both the base exam fee and additional charges, such as the late order and canceled/unused exam fees. However, the individual refund policies and procedures are being left to individual schools and test centers to decide.

What devices should students use to take the test?

This year, students are allowed to take the exams on any internet-connected device they have access to.

A computer, tablet, or even smartphone are all valid options. Students can also write out their answers by hand, photograph them, and submit those photo answers electronically too.

How are this year’s exams “open note/open book”?

The format for the 2020 AP exams is going to be different. Students can access their class notes and resources to reference specific concepts.

However, because the tests are strictly timed, it’s a good idea for students to organize their notes before the exam, so they don’t lose time while referencing. There are restrictions to be aware of:

  • Students can’t communicate with anyone during the exam through any means, including in-person, online, or other another device
  • Students can’t crowdsource answers from forums, group messages, or social media
  • Incorporating another person or service’s work in your exam answers is denied

Will colleges and universities accept the 2020 AP Exam scores?

The College Board has spoken with many higher education institutions about the situation.

Many of these schools have voiced support for their decision. While a 100% guarantee has not been formally stated, the organization does not anticipate any major schools will deny accepting this year’s scores.

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