Click HERE for helpful information on taking the make-up AP Exams!
Important Updates from College Board and Submitting Exams Via Email
As of May 19, 2020:
Click HERE for updated submission instructions--including the email option for submission trouble.
Please see the information below from College Board:
Students have taken nearly 2.2 million AP® Exams, across 15 courses. After the first week of testing, our data show the vast majority of students successfully completed their exams.
However, some students have encountered challenges submitting their responses, and we've been listening closely to each student, parent, or educator who reports a problem. Beginning Monday, May 18, we're changing processes to address some of these concerns.
To help support your students during testing, please share the information below with them.
Submitting Exam Responses via Email
We share the deep disappointment of students who were unable to submit responses.
- Beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams.
- This option will only be available for students who were not able to submit in the standard process—and they must then email their responses immediately following their exam.
- These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, "We Did Not Receive Your Response." The email address that appears on this page will be unique to each student.
- Any student testing between May 18–22 who can't successfully upload their response through the exam platform or send it to us by email, will need to request a makeup exam.
- To protect the security and validity of exams, we're unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11–15. However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.
- Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.
Setting Up Your Students for Success
Given the wide variety of devices, browsers, and connectivity solutions students have access to, we're unable to prevent every possible local error from occurring during the exam. In advance of the administration, we created a testing guide, Exam demo, and test day checklist to help students avoid potential issues. It's important that students review this information and know to:
- Locate their e-ticket, which is emailed two days before each exam
- Use a recommended browser, update it to the latest version, and disable plugins
- Keep an eye on the time and begin their submission at the 5-minute mark
- Additional tips to help your students succeed are available HERE.
- Students taking World Language and Culture exams, which begin on Monday, May 18, must:
- Download the free AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA)
- Set their device to “Do Not Disturb”
- Check to ensure they have enough storage on their device
- World Language students should also watch the exam walk-through video, and check our website for more guidance.
Thank you for all you continue to do to support your students during this challenging time.
In an effort to provide students with a successful AP Exam experience, we are sharing additional
More Important Information for GCPS Students Taking AP Exams
Steps to Get Ready
Launch the AP Exam Demo so you know what to expect on exam day. The demo will help you to review ways to submit your responses and practice submitting online.
Complete the Exam Day Checklist. The checklist includes important information about required exam documents, reference sheets, and more.
Preview the Troubleshooting Tips for AP 2020 Exams prior to the exam. By becoming familiar with these tips, you’ll be better prepared should you have technical issues.
Perform a Technology Check
Prior to starting your exam, perform a technology check on the device you will be using. Is your WiFi connection strong? Is your device charged? How many devices are in use on your server?
Check your internet browser. The AP exams are optimized for the latest versions of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge (Chromium). Internet Explorer is not supported.
Turn off all browser plug-ins or extensions (e.g., Grammarly), except for any that you use for accessibility (screen readers, etc.).
If you are using a tablet or phone, make sure your device can access the internet by WiFi or cellular data, has at least 30MB of available storage, and is charged to at least 25% power or is plugged in.
If your internet connection is slow, be aware that using just one device is your best option. Remember, as long as you submit your response before the timer runs out, the time it takes for a slow connection to upload your work is not a problem. However, do not turn off your device until you receive the message that your response has been successfully submitted.
Allow Enough Time to Submit
Allow enough time to upload/submit your responses before your time expires. Be aware that you may need more than five minutes to submit if you need to convert photos of your work to a compatible format.
Submitting AP Exam Responses
Students are able to submit their AP exam responses in three ways:
• copy and paste;
• attach a typed response or a PDF attachment; and
• attach photos of the response.
If you elect to attach photos of your handwritten responses, be aware that the College Board will accept the following formats only— .png, .jpg, or .jpeg. The HEIC format (iPhone default on later models) is not accepted. You should follow these instructions to adjust your phone’s camera settings to a compatible format.
Converting from HEIC
College Board does not accept HEIC format images and files. iPhones have HEIC set as the default image format, but it is easy to change. Follow these steps to change your camera image file format before you take a picture of your response. Note: Changing the file format suffix in the name after the photo is taken will not work.
1. Go to Settings and select Camera.
2. Click on Formats and select Camera Capture.
3. Make sure that Most Compatible is selected (not High Efficiency)
Submitting Responses as a PDF
If you plan to submit a PDF of your handwritten work, remember that PDFs are text files, not photos. You need to make sure to select the “Attach Text File” option to locate, attach, and submit your saved PDF.
AP World Language and Culture Exams
AP World Language and Culture Exams cannot be taken on a laptop or desktop computer. If you are taking an AP World Language and Culture exam, you must use an iOS or Android tablet or phone. You will need to download the AP World Language Exam application before taking the following AP exams: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The AP WLE App is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Troubleshooting and Technical Issues
If you experience a technical issue, you can rejoin the exam at any point by using your e-ticket. If the issue causes you to miss submitting a response or you have trouble submitting a response, you may request a make-up exam.
If you have additional questions about the AP exams, you can log into your account on My AP at this web address: myap.collegeboard.org. You will be able to see AP exams for which you are registered and can access your AP exam e-tickets, which include the date(s)/time(s) of each exam. You also can reach out to your local school AP Coordinator, Josh Allen firstname.lastname@example.org or Jayme Hicks email@example.com with any further questions.
2020 AP Exam Testing Demo Is Now Available!
Click the image below for important instructions on practicing with the AP Exam Online Demo and technology requirements.
Click the image below to be taken directly to the demo.
Worried about Colleges awarding AP credit this year? Hear directly from admissions officers:
- The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We know that some students have lost more class time than others have, and we want to be fair to all students.
- Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
- 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 taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. We'll provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
Click below for helpful video instructions and information about this year's exams
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE COLLEGE BOARD & AP TESTING 2020
Please click this link HERE for details on the structure of AP Exam testing this year. More information will be released from College Board on April 3, 20202.
2020-2021 Course Registration is here!
Want to know all about AP courses at the Disco and which ones you can take?
AP NIGHT January 21, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Parent/Student session in the theatre 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Explore courses, talk with AP teachers and students in the Commons 6:35 pm - 8:00 pm
Use the Media Center computers to sign your student's AP Contract on MyPaymentsPlus
A copy of the 2020-2021 AP Contract* can be found HERE
Course offerings and teacher recommendation sheet can be found HERE
Click HERE for step-by-step instructions for signing the 2020-2021 contract
Click HERE to access MyPaymentsPlus
Fall semester AP Exam Registration has closed. Spring semester AP course exam registration will be open soon. All exam balances must be paid by March 2, 2020.
College Board has changed AP registration deadlines for all schools nationally. All AP exam registrations will take place in the Fall, with the exception of AP Macroeconomics and AP American Government for second-semester classes only. The registration window is now open and will close November 10th for year-long courses and first semester courses.
Students enrolled in AP Government and AP Macroeconomics for 2nd semester will have another window (without a late fee) to order between January 6th and March 8th for those two courses only.
As in the past, AP Exams are ordered and fees are paid on MyPaymentsPus. Instructions regarding fees and how to register on MyPaymentsPlus are attached here.
If you encounter problems, please contact:
AP Department Chair: Jayme Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org
AP Testing Coordinator: Alyssa Johnson email@example.com
Assistant Principal and AP Coordinator: Josh Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 AP Exam Schedule
Advanced Placement Information
What is an AP course?
An AP course is an Advanced Placement® certified by the College Board to simulate a college-level class taught in high school. Students can earn college credit as well as high school credit for these courses if their scores on the national AP Examinations are high enough to satisfy university requirements. Please visit the College Board Advanced Placement Program for more information.