Testing

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

 

 






Throughout the school year, MHS School Counselors assist students in preparing and registering for standardized tests which are important for college admissions, industry credentialing, and other areas pertaining to students' goals.  All tests are administered at the high school with the exception of the SAT and ACT National Test Dates.  In addition, all tests are optional except for a college entrance exam which is an Idaho state graduation requirement.

 


October -  PSAT (Preliminary or Practice SAT) 

October 11, 2019 is the PSAT registration deadline (see registration instructions below)
October 16, 2019 is the PSAT test day


PSAT stands for Preliminary or Practice SAT and takes place every October at Moscow High School.  For sophomores, the PSAT will help you become familiar with the test layout and know what to expect for the SAT.  For juniors, the PSAT is another way to practice for the SAT and it is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

PSAT instruction and practice are the same as the SAT and can be found at KhanAcademy.org/sa.  

Registration instructions:

  • Juniors should register by paying $17 cash or check in the Counseling Center office.
  • Sophomores test is paid for by the State of Idaho and can register using a Google Form, click HERE.

  •  Homeschool students register by paying $17 cash or check in the Counseling  Center office and must complete preadministration bubbling at that time. 



November - ASVAB  (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

November 12 , 2019 ASVAB registration deadline / sign up in the Counseling Center office.
November 13, 2019 ASVAB test

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.  The ASVAB tests General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension.

The ASVAB is free can be taken by students in grades 10, 11, or 12.

Practice for the ASVAB at officialASVAB.com



April - Idaho SAT School Day   

January 27-February 5, 2020 is the SAT with Essay opt-in window 
April 14, 2020 is the Idaho SAT School Day
April 28, 2020 is the SAT makeup day


Regular SAT
Taking a college entrance exam is a graduation requirement in the state of Idaho and the cost for students is covered by the State.  To meet this requirement, all juniors at Moscow High School will take the SAT.  MHS will take care of registering students.


SAT with Essay Opt-in information:

Students must opt-in if they want to take the exam.  To learn more about the SAT with Essay and get instructions on how to opt-in view the SAT with Essay flyer from College Board.  You may also view this 2.26 minute video Introduction to the SAT Essay by College Board.  School counselors will provide students with information about the essay and they will have an opportunity to signup for it in English classes if they choose.

SAT Instruction Schedule:
Ms. Lyon and Ms. Hannon provide 13 instructional sessions throughout the spring leading up to the SAT to help students prepare for the exam.  Students may sign up for 11 of the sessions during Access periods at school or two evening sessions.  

Khan Academy test prep is available free of charge.





May - AP (Advanced Placement)

November 15, 2019 test registration deadline 
Testing occurs May 4 - 15, 2020 for each subject.  Visit  AP Central for the exam schedule.


AP exams are optional and are intended to be the culmination of AP courses.  AP tests assess how much you have learned in the course and provide the possibility of earning college credit.  For more information about earning college credit for AP exams, see the AP Credit Policy Search.

- Exams are $94 which can be covered by a Student's Advanced Opportunities funding.
- Late registration after the November 15, 2019 deadline but before March 13, 2020, is $40
- Exam cancellation is $40 




SAT National Test Dates

- Practice for the SAT at khanacademy.com
- Cost is $49.50 for the exam only and $64.50 with essay
- Fee waivers are available if you cannot afford the test fee; ask your counselor for information.
- Register at collegeboard.org
- Test dates and registration deadlines are below.

Test dates Regular registration deadline Late registration deadline ($29 fee)
October 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 24, 2019
November 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 22, 2019
December 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 26, 2019
March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020 March 3, 2020
May 2, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 21, 2020
June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 27, 2020




ACT National Test Dates

- Practice for the ACT at academy.act.org
- Cost is $50.50 for the exam and $67.00 with an essay. 
- Fee waivers are available if you cannot afford the test fee; ask your counselor for information.
- Register at actstudent.org
- Test dates and registration deadlines are below.

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline ($30 fee)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 22, 2020
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 26, 2020