AP Testing Update 5/5/20 from Mrs. Bafus

The first round of exams is May 11-May 22 (shown below).  Makeup exams are June 1-5.    Notes from the AP coordinator and counselor webinars are also below.  If you have any questions please let me know.  bafusr@msd281.org
Test guide - detailed instructions for everything.  Use control + f to find something specific in the document.  AP suggested walking through the entire guide with your students as a day's lesson.  It is very good and has all of the details you and your students need.

Test date conflict - If a student cannot "attend" the first exam they will automatically be sent a makeup ticket for the exam during the makeup dates June 1-5.  this can be referenced on page 7 of the AP Exam guide.  If anything goes wrong during the makeup test there will NOT be another opportunity to test.

Open book/note Internet searching will be a waste of time and plagiarism will be detected.  Shared documents must be downloaded or will be an exam violation.

Decide how to take the exam  This video shows all of the options.  A smartphone is not recommended if you are typing your responses because it will be difficult to see the exam question due to scrolling.  

Handwritten responses  If students are handwriting their work they will want to start the exam from their phones or a tablet so that they can take pictures of their work and then upload those pictures (one picture per page with AP ID and initials written on each page in the top left corner).

Typed responses - If students are typing their responses I would use a Chromebook or laptop with a word processor and then copy/paste their work into the exam browser.  You cannot compose in the exam browser.  

What your students need on exam day - Please review this document.  It is a subject-specific checklist that has links to formula sheets, reference guides, instructions, and everything your students can have available on test day.  If you want your students to have a paper copy of something please make the copies, provide them to Trudy and let your students know they are in the main office.  
Exam Day checklist - Students should have an exam day checklist for each exam they are taking.  I will copy these and have them available with Trudy in the main office.
Language exams get ready - On May 11 the app (AP WLEA) will be emailed to language students.  Download the app to a tablet or phone ASAP and practice using it in the "practice exam mode".  Be sure to enable the microphone.   The app will switch to "exam mode" and will become live on exam day.
Exam day demo - Practice with the demo ahead of time (if it doesn' work, disable extensions that may be interfering).
Remove Grammarly extension.  The exams will not run unless you remove the Grammarly extension.  See snip at bottom of this email if you need a picture.
  • Get into your browser settings (shown on the far right of your browser by an orange up arrow or 3 dots).  The orange up arrow means your browser needs updating.  This is what Chrome looks like.
  • More tools
  • Extensions
  • Disable 
  • Search for Grammarly
  • Select Remove
E-tickets will arrive 2 days before the exam but students can also log in to their AP account and their tickets will be there too.
Recommended browser is Chrome but can use Firefox, Safari and MS Edge but NOT MS Explorer.
Set a reminder for exam day and time - Set the time for 1/2 hour before your exam.  

Make sure your testing device is charged or connected to power.
Open the exam by clicking on your e-ticket and answer the security questions.  If typing your response access your e-ticket using a Chromebook or laptop and if handwriting your response(s) access your e-ticket with your phone.  DO NOT refresh browser after opening the exam.  The countdown timer will start automatically at your test time, a refresh is not required.  If you get logged out click the e-ticket again to restart.

  • Turn your phone on do not disturb and notify household members that you cannot be disturbed.
  • Disconnect other household wifi.
  • Have your exam day checklist with you.
  • If typing your response, use a Chromebook or laptop and open a Google Doc.  Use a Google Doc because your work will be automatically saved and you won't have to worry about saving as you go.
  • Prepare your document(s) BEFORE test time with your AP ID and initials at the top left of each page.  
  • If typing your response, split your computer screen to have the AP exam window with the countdown timer on one side and your document on the other side.
  • Begin composing your answer once the exam question is shown.  The question will be shown at your exam's start time.
  • The timer will show 50 minutes.  45 minutes of exam time; once 45 minutes has elapsed the timer will turn red with 5 minutes remaining.  Once the timer turns red, copy and paste your answer to the exam browser window and hit submit.  Even if your answer isn't complete, submit what you have for partial credit.  If you do not submit anything your credit will be zero.  YOU MUST DO THIS BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT!  If you are handwriting responses take your pictures (one picture for each page) and begin your upload once the timer turns red.
  • If you have a second question, it will appear after the time for the first question has elapsed.  Repeat the process above.
  • Page 35 of the AP Testing Guide has the times and number of questions for each exam. 
DO NOT use the back button during the exam.

If something goes wrong that is outside your control you can request a makeup within 48 hours at cb.org/makeup.  Do NOT call AP.  They will not approve a makeup if you did not keep track of time.  You will need your e-ticket for reference.  You will get a makeup e-ticket for the June test date.

Exam responses will be sent to teachers in June.   If the exam question(s) wasn't emphasized as part of the curriculum teachers should let AP know.  
The picture below shows where to remove the Grammarly extension.

AP Testing Update 4/29/20 from Mrs. Bafus

New Resources

2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.9 MB): The guide, designed for educators to walk their students through test day, provides information about:

The AP Exam e-ticket

Five steps to take before test day

Understanding the test day experience

Exam scores, credit, and placement

2020 AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/526 KB): Teachers should have their students complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.

Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.

Other Reminders

AP Exam Demo (available May 4): AP students should use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit their exam responses. The demo will help students confirm that their testing device will be able to access and run the online exam. If they can’t access the demo, the final slide of the Testing Guide can help them troubleshoot. The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and isn't a practice exam. We’ll send educators and students an email to remind them when the demo is available. Please encourage your students to take this important preparation step.

Educator Webinars: Trevor Packer, the head of the AP Program, will walk participants through the 2020 AP Testing Guide. AP staff will answer questions during the presentation. This series of webinars includes:

Discipline-specific webinars for AP teachers, April 28–30

Updates for AP coordinators webinar, May 1

An exam day webinar for school counselors, May 4

Online AP Classes and Review Sessions prep week: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.

Student Outreach:

If you have any difficulty reaching your students, use your student roster in My AP to access email addresses and phone numbers.

If any of your students are having difficulty receiving College Board emails, walk them through the steps on the "Confirm your email address" page.

Information for AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams:

The above exams will be administered using a new dedicated app, the AP World Languages Exam App. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We’ll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.

A video walk-through of the test-taking experience will be available the week of May 4.

Details on accommodations for the above exams are also now available.

If your students are unsure about accessing the app, or if they don’t have a device, they can fill out this survey (or you can complete it on their behalf) as soon as possible so we can help support them (applicable to U.S. and U.S. territories).

Information for AP Music Theory Exams:

Before exam day, students will need to print or hand-copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and gain access to an audio recording app or software before exam day. Please see more information on the website.

Thank you for all that you’re doing for your students.


Advanced Placement Program

AP Testing Update 4/22/20 from Mrs. Bafus

Practice test questions are available on a new link for AP students:
  1. Login to their College Board account
  2. Go to AP Classroom
  3. Look for the "Optional Student Practice" section.  It is "free response" practice questions, not multiple choice.

AP Testing Updates as of 4/19/20 from Mrs. Bafus

Hello AP teachers, counselors and Erik,
Below are 4 things you may find helpful.  I will post this to the MHS testing page as well.  Just a thought...if students can have access to the school during the testing window (May 11-22) they could spread out throughout the school's classrooms to test.  This would provide a quiet and uninterrupted testing space.   I could make a schedule for who goes where.  Doors could be open and disinfect computers after use.  They could also test at home if they prefer but the webinar (below) talked about the difficulties that may be encountered in doing that.   I am concerned that our "exam only" students may be out-of-the-loop.  I can email them directly if you think appropriate.  Please advise me on that if anyone has thoughts.

Thanks everyone!  Renae

1.)  Attached communications template that Erik or counselors may want to send to parents.

2.)  Slide deck for students - AP Exams at home what students need to know.  
This is a nice visual recap.
3.)  Important links:  
4.)  4/16 AP webinar Helping Your Students Prepare for AP Exams.  

This is very good information and I recommend you listen to it.  The first 1/2 hour is the most important I think.
If the webinar doesn't start automatically, go ahead and register and then it will start.  It is recorded.  

Webinar notes:

  • 4/24 is the deadline to request technology from College Board at Student technology requests are at collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74
  • Although the exams are open book and notes, this will only slow students down.  They should be prepared to the point where they don't have to rely on these things.
  • Students will receive an electronic exam ticket through their email that is on file with College Board.  They should be sure to add it to their email contacts.
  • Teachers will receive a subject related slide deck the week of 4/28 to familiarize students with the testing platform.
  • AP Live videos will start going over review material 4/20.  Celebrities will be used to help motivate and keep students energized.
  • Practice questions for students are in AP classroom on the AP student website (link above).
  • Lack of multiple choice...difficulty will be adjusted.  Students who favor MC won't be advantaged or disadvantaged.
  • AP credit will be given at 28 of 31 AP systems at this time and the others are waiting for governor approval.  Private schools are saying the same thing.
  • Interesting concept I had not previously heard about...GPA bonus points awarded for students taking the exams.  The UC (University of California) system automatically gives these bonus points.  
  • Testing tips:
    • Make sure devices are charged.
    • Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed.
    • On free response:  Tell me what you know, don't assume the reader knows.  Slow down, plan and understand what the prompt is asking.
    • Practice timing and uploading.

AP Testing Updates as of 4/10/20 from Mrs. Bafus:

A few notes of mine from today's AP Coordinator video are below.  Also below is College Board's recap of the webinar with additional information you should be aware of.   

  • Student technology requests are at collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74
  • Video demos and info on how to access the testing system on test day will be made available in late April.
  • Language exams will include a recording and details will be forthcoming.
  • If a student experiences technical difficulties they will need to fill out a form in order for them to be eligible to sit for a makeup exam. 
  • By 4/20 if any AP Calculus BC students want to switch to Calc AB they can but I need to know.  There are some steps we have to go through.  I will email these students.
  • Free AP score report sends (that used to be indicated on answer sheets) should now be entered online in the student's account in the "score send" tab.  This needs to be done prior to 6/20/20.
  • All of our students have properly entered our school code of 130415 in College Board.
  • All but one of our students was using a personal email that is needed so that emails are blocked.
  • The school invoice will be generated after makups in early June.
  • Students do not need to cancel exams if they don't want to take them.  However, they should know that they will still receive the email reminders and information about testing unless I drop them from the system.  
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Hi Renae Bafus,

Thank you for attending the April 10 Update for AP Coordinators webinar on 04/10/2020
. It is now available for on-demand playback: 

Feel free to forward this email to your colleagues who might benefit from the information. In the webinar we mentioned a variety of resources that are available to support coordinators, schools and students with online testing: Also mentioned in the webinar were several important deadlines:

April 20 (11:59 p.m. ET)
Deadline to switch a student’s AP Calculus Exam or switch a student’s AP Art and Design Exam. 
May 26 (11:59 p.m. ET)
Deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering.
June 20
Deadline to confirm accuracy of student school code
June 26
Postmark deadline for 2020 AP Exam payment to be sent to College Board. The invoice will be generated after the makeup AP Exam testing window in early June.

Over the coming days, we will be in touch with AP students and teachers to understand how they’re preparing for AP Exams and what additional information or resources they may need. Later next week, we plan to share information with AP teachers about their students’ exam-taking intentions. Please be in touch with your AP teachers the week of April 20 for access to that information. We will stay in touch over the coming weeks with the AP coordinator community to share information and resources.

Thank you again for attending today. 

Bill, Derek and Carrie


If you had a question that was not answered, please contact the AP Program at apexams@info.collegeboard.org or apexams-intl@info.collegeboard.org (outside the United States). 

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AP Testing Updates as of 4/3/20 from Mrs. Bafus:

Hi All, Everything you and your students need to know are in the 2 links below.  Favorite them and share the student link with your students.  They should read it thoroughly.  If you have any questions let me know and I will find out. 

AP updates for students:  https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students
AP updates for educators:  https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators

Today's AP Webinar for Counselors recap:
  1. "The AP exams are one thing students are still in control of and will provide a sense of normalcy and give them something to hang on to."
  2. Technology:  If students don't have the connectivity they need to proceed with preparation or exams they are to contact College Board at cb.org/tech no later than 4/24.  Testing on a device will be new and provide a challenge to students.  They will want to be familiar with their testing device.  Phones could be used but personally, I would not recommend.  
  3. College credit:  All colleges will provide credit even with the shortened exams.
  4. AP Coordinator Webinar April 10 : I will attend and report out to you.
  5. Test security challenges:
    1. Questions will be such that students must know the information.  Googling won't work to get the answers.
    2. There will be multiple layers of security built in to prevent student fraud including plagiarism software.  Prior to starting their exams students will be required to go through a series of voice, keyboard and possibly other stuff that will be part of the fraud prevention.
    3. Cheating will have severe consequences.  Colleges will be notified.
    4. Exam responses, verbal and written, will be provided by teachers by 5/26 to help deter exam fraud.  i.e. they would know a student's voice and writing style and recognize if it doesn't belong to the student. 
  6. Testing:
    1. An at-home testing guide will be available as an AP Live class.
    2. Students will be there own proctors and their own timing of exams could be a challenge.  They should practice with the online simulations that will be provided in late May.  There will also be AP Live instruction for this that will become available.  If exams are not submitted in time they will not count.  Timing will not be an issue where a student will be allowed to retest; only issues beyond a student's control; practice will alleviate problems.
    3. Students should test on the standard test dates and times if possible (these are all posted in the link at the beginning of this email).  If anything goes wrong they can use the makeup dates.
    4. If a student doesn't "show up" on the standard date, College Board will automatically send them a new credential to use during the makeup date/time.
    5. The credentials will be like a join code and will come through their email that is on file with College Board.
    6. Students will be responsible to log in with their credentials and be ready to test 1/2 hour before the exam starts.
  7. Missed test or cancellations:  Schools will only be billed for the exams given.  There is no need to cancel or contact me to inform me of that.  Colleen and I will reconcile with Advanced Opportunities and pay only for the exams our students took.

AP Testing Updates as of 4/2/20 from Mrs. Bafus:

Written details of tonight's AP webinar will be posted tomorrow by "mid-day" and will be course-specific.  I will share the link with you as soon as I know it is available.  Below are my notes from the webinar that more than 75,000 people attended.

  • College Board encouraged us to rally the troops and encourage students to complete their exams as this is what they have been preparing for all year and content on the exams will be what was covered through early March.
  • AP Live is being taught by AP teachers on YouTube for all courses. 
  • Computerized exams will be May 11-22 and will be shorter - 45 minutes (I think).  Time will be automatically extended if there are accommodations.
    • Content through early March will be covered so essentially students have 5 weeks to prepare for their exams.
    • Students will receive a credential to access their exam(s) prior to test day so they should be checking their email.
    • With no proctor, students will need to keep track of time themselves and there will be a timer on their screen.
    • They can hand-write or type their responses which can be uploaded via a picture or file.  If a language, they will speak and record as well.
    • Exams will be open book, open notes, open text, and use of the Internet.
    • Students may not consult with another student in a chat or phone call or use an impersonator.  Impersonation fraud can be detected and severe consequences will occur with reports of such behavior being sent to schools.
    • Plagiarism software will be used.
    • For the first time ever, teachers will see students' work and oral responses by May 26.  This will help determine if responses are in fact a student's work.
    • Emphasized principles and moral values.
    • Students must submit their work on the same device they retrieved it from.  But, another device may be used as well.
  • Makeup exams will be June 1-5 
    • Caution using a late exam date was emphasized because if anything goes wrong in the computerized environment they will be out of luck.
    • Late exams must be school approved and there must be a valid conflict.
  • In late April an AP testing guide and at-home simulations will be made available.
  • Calculus BC students can switch to Calculus AB by 4/20 if they want because there will be no AB subscore??  I don't totally understand that. 

AP Testing Updates as of 3/31/20 from Mrs. Bafus:

A webinar will be held April 2 @ 4 p.m. PST.  I'm not sure if this is in addition to the April 3 webinar (below) or if it is replacing it.  You will need our school's identification number for College Board, it is 130415.  https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1299211&tp_key=56f627d7d4&SFMC_cid=EM293055-&rid=166507008

AP Testing Updates as of 3/26/20 from Mrs. Bafus:

From what I am reading it sounds like AP will have an online testing schedule/work-around out by April 3 and will present it in a webinar (link below) if you want to attend.   I will plan to attend and recap the information, to all of you.  

 April 3 Webinar @ 10 a.m. PST:   https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/viewer/landing.jsp?ei=1294723&tp_key=ab1c07feaa


AP Updates link has detailed information from AP on what to expect about the remainder of the courses and exams.  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?SFMC_cid=EM288604-&rid=166507008.  


Online resources link looks excellent in that they are providing a schedule (snip below) and daily class lectures through YouTube for each class.  https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes.  


AP YouTube Channel for instruction is at  https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement.


One page teacher overview:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-program-coronavirus-covid19-release.pdf