2020 AP Exam Updates

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the closing of schools, AP exams will look different this year.  Here are the latest updates from College Board:

Testing Dates:

  • The testing window is May 11-22.
  • Make-up dates are June 1-5, although this should only be used, if absolutely necessary.
  • College Board recommends that all students take exams in the May 11-22 window, just in case they encounter a technical difficulty issue.  In that case they could still have the make-up window for testing.
  • If a student encounters a technical issue during the make-up testing window, there is not another window for retesting and therefore, no way to recover a test that was not completed.
  • College Board has scheduled the exams so that there should not be a conflict with taking multiple exams.  All exams are scheduled so that they can be taken during the regular testing window, even for the students who take multiple exams.
  • ALL tests have been moved to the regular testing window.  There are no tests scheduled during the make-up window at this time.
  • Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.  It is critical that you pay attention to the correct time zone for Houston – CST (Central Standard Time).

Accessing the Exams:

  • Access Credential
    • Students will receive, via an email from College Board, an Access Credential.  This code will give students the required access to log on prior to the exam being taken at that day/time.  Each exam will have a unique Access Credential.  College Board will send this Access Credential to the email address connected to the student. 
      Make sure you are checking the email address you provided to College Board when you created your account.
    • If a student does not test on the regular testing date, College Board will automatically push out another Access Credential to them for the make-up testing date.

Technology for the Exams:

  • Exams will be administered online.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to – computer, tablet or smartphone.  They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
  • Students must retrieve and submit their AP exams on the same device.
  • Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • If students do not have internet access or a device to test with, please reach out to their AP teacher ASAP.
  • College Board is advising all students to log in to their College Board account to verify the email used for their account. The email used should be one the student checks frequently and can receive emails from an “outside sender”.
  • If a student experiences a technical glitch during regular testing, they should reach out to College Board immediately.

Format of the Exams:

  • This year’s AP exams will be open book/open note, but College Board has put into place comprehensive and strict protocols to prevent and detect cheating.
  • Each exam will be 45 minutes in length, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading
  • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions.
  • Exams will assess a reduced scope of content, content that would “typically” have been covered before March.
  • If a student already has approved accommodations through College Board, the accommodations will automatically be extended to their exam.
  • Foreign Language exams will only consist of the speaking section.  Students will use a phone to communicate their responses.  They will complete two spoken tasks.


  • Students will need to keep track of their time while testing.  There will be no retesting opportunity for timing issues.
  • College Board will publish an “At Home” testing guide to help support students by the end of April. This will include information on how to access the testing system on test day and video demonstrations so students can familiarize themselves with the system.
  • Check your College Board account regularly to stay updated on the latest offerings/help from College Board.

Cancelling an Exam/Refunds:

Exam Cancellation fee: $5 per exam or $1 per exam for free/reduced lunch students

Exam Cancellation deadline:  April 29th at 11:59 pm.  No refunds will be given after April 29th

  • To cancel an exam(s), students will need to log in to their Total Registration account and choose to “cancel an exam”
  • Refunds will not be processed until late June/July
  • Students requesting a cancellation at this time will still receive the access credentials from College Board.  If students choose to login to the exam and/or test when they receive this code their refund will be declined.

Testing Dates/Times

Exam Start Times

Central Time: 11:00 AM

Central Time: 1:00 PM

Central Time: 3:00 PM

Mon., May 11

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

United States Government and Politics

Tues., May 12


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


Physics I: Algebra-Based

Fri., May 15

Art History

United States History

Computer Science A





Mon., May 18

Chinese Language and Culture


Environmental Science

Tues., May 19

Music Theory


Japanese Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture

Wed., May 20

German Language and Culture

English Language and Composition


Thurs., May 21

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern


Fri., May 22

Comparative Government and Politics


Spanish Language and Culture

Testing Information

Please read the important information located below about policies during testing as well as other testing topics.

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