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Final Steps to take before the 2020 AP exam
Final Steps Before the AP Exams
AP® Exams begin on Monday, May 11. We’ve outlined steps you should take to ensure your students are prepared to test.
Share the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) and watch the overview video. The comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year’s exams.
Encourage your students to practice with the exam demo. You and your students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.
Confirm that registered students have located their e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn’t received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn’t be shared with anyone. Students who haven’t been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information.
Remind your students to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam they’re taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they’re set up for success.
On Exam Day
Remind students to click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
Ensure your students know what to do if something goes wrong. If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
If you have additional questions, please check our in-depth FAQ page for educators. We have developed, and are regularly updating, this comprehensive list of answers to questions we’re hearing from students and educators. Other resources are available on cb.org/ap2020.
During this unprecedented time, we’re grateful for your continued support and commitment to your students’ success.