How the Coronavirus is Impacting AP Exams

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AP Exams When You Can't Go to School

Advanced Placement courses are great because they are challenging and they lead to the possibility to earn college credit while you are still in high school. It is amazing to think that you just have to go to your high school class, learn as much as you can, then take a test to potentially be rewarded with college credit. The catch is that you have to pass the exam!

Passing the exam can be difficult and requires quite a bit of study and preparation, which is why the courses are so important. If you, like so many of the students in AP courses, are not able to attend classes at school due to COVID-19 school closures, you may be wondering what that will mean for your AP courses and the exams due in May.

This article offers important information and contact details for how you can continue to prepare for your exams and move forward on your journey in this difficult time.

Impact

The major impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on AP courses and the exams is that the College Board AP is working to offer digital versions of the exams online. There will be rules, regulations, and requirements so you must contact your school to ensure that you meet all the requirements.

Exams are expected to continue this year. You can find an exam schedule and continuing updates on the official College Board AP website, https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates.

So, the best thing for you to do now is remember to stay calm, keep working, and stay up to date with your school and the AP Board.

Continuing Your Courses

The first and most important thing for you to do right now is keep studying. There are multiple ways you can do this:

  1. Online, supported by your teacher.
  2. At home, through text-based work.
  3. Online, through websites and online resources.

Teacher Supported

Ideally, your teacher will have already moved your course online, and you will have been given the opportunity to take your materials home with you as well. In this scenario, it is important that you treat your online course as a true course. You must attend classes, complete assignments, and participate in the course in every way expected by the teacher.

You will be able to complete your course with the guidance and support of your teacher if this is the method your school has chosen for this time.

Text-Based Home Learning

If your school has not offered online courses, they may have offered take-home, text-based material to help support you through the remainder of your course. In this scenario, you will need to be disciplined to work through the material at an even pace, not leaving the bulk of the work to complete in a rush at the end of April or early May.

Remember, the more time you put into your study, the more securely you will have encoded the information into your long term memory.

Online Resources

If you were instructed to continue working on your own, know that this does not mean that you will not be able to take your AP exam: You will just have to find resources on your own. Don't worry, there are many resources for you to use to help you prepare for each AP exam.

The official AP website is a great resource: apstudents.collegeboard.org. This website offers online courses and exam preparation material for students who are in the position of needing to continue to work through their AP courses from home.

Study.com is another great resource for AP exam preparation. Study.com offers thousands of animated lessons covering all subjects. You can focus on AP preparation or even get extra support on specific concepts with which you may struggle.

Communication

In addition to monitoring the College Board AP website, the next best thing you can do for yourself in this situation is to keep in close contact with your school. You should be able to ease your mind by keeping yourself informed of any changes or requirements that will come to course and exam delivery.

The College Board AP website offers up-to-date, constantly refreshed information on how, when, and where you will be able to take your AP exams this year.

So, yes, to ease your mind, you will be able to take your exam this year. The board is working toward offering online versions of the exams, but these may differ by AP exam type. Please make sure you are keeping in touch with your school and are staying updated through the official website to get the best information on how to take your exam when the time comes.

Summary

Preparing for an AP exam is never an easy task, and having to do it under these crisis circumstances makes it all the more difficult. Remember to stay calm and keep studying. You can accomplish this task through:

  • Online or text-based material offered through your school.
  • Online study resources which can be found at websites like apstudents.collegeboard.org and Study.com.

As you continue to study and prepare, make sure you keep in contact with your school and check the College Board AP website to stay up-to-date on all information being released by the board in regards to when, where, and how you will be able to take your exam in May.

Many colleges grant credit or advanced placement to students with qualifying AP Exam scores. Read on to find out when AP Exams are offered and get information about exam costs and preparation.

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