• (Updated 5/21/20)

    2020 AP Exams

    Below is the latest information College Board has released about 2020 AP exams.  Some details have not been released and some information will change.  We will update this site with the latest information we receive.

    Bloomington High School South recommends that all students take the AP exams for the AP classes that they are enrolled.  While this year's situation has it's challenges, we also think it presents a unique opportunity.  We don't want our student's hard work to go to waste.  We want them to turn it into college credit!

    Make Up Exam Process – Slight Change - IMPORTANT (Directly 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 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. 

    • 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.
    • When we announced online AP Exams, we encouraged students to test in May, so that June exams could be taken by students who encountered technical issues during that primary testing window.
    • We also want to ensure that even if a student experiences a disruption during the makeup period in June, they can still submit their response. That’s why we plan to allow students who are unable to upload their response to a makeup exam to submit it to us by email immediately following the conclusion of that exam.
    • These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, “We Did Not Receive Your Response.”
    • Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.
    • Please review the email, attached, that was sent out on Sunday, May 17.
    • More information can be found online, Submission Guidelines: Back Email Submission.


    College Board has released some updated information in response to students having technical difficulties and issues with submitting their responses.  Please read below



    Troubleshooting Tips – Technical Issues – NEW RESOURCE

    • Students can use this new page to avoid and troubleshoot technical issues during their AP Exam.


    • Updating Browsers: Before testing, students should make sure they are using the latest version of their browser.




    Submitting Responses on AP Exams:

    • I have heard from a few districts that students don’t know if their response(s) went through and they want us to check to see if they went through before they submit their make-up form because if they submit their form their May exam won’t be scored. 
    • We are not able to verify if student responses went through prior to the 48 hours they have to submit their make-up form.  Something I think might help is slide 43 below from the Student Testing Guide
    • Please make sure that your students know this heading into testing, they should have already seen it, but it would be wise to reinforce.  Once they hit ‘Submit’, the file may continue to transfer depending on their bandwidth.  It’s fine, they will be moved on to the next question, it doesn’t mean their response didn’t go through as long as they hit ‘Submit’ before time ran out.

    Final Submission of AP Exam:

    • Students should wait until they receive a confirmation screen at the end of their test telling them whether their responses went throughThey should get a message saying either congratulations they did, or they did not and they need to submit a form to re-test. 
    • They need to wait on the test platform at the end of the exam, not refresh their browser, not close their browser, not close their device lid as it may put their device to sleep or turn off. 
    • It would be much clearer for students to know what to do regarding the make-up form if students just wait at the end of the exam to receive this message.


    Exams with 2 Questions: 

    • What if a student is unable to submit an answer to question 1 – but submits ‘both’ answers in question 2?

    Responses to prompt 1 must be submitted before the prompt 1 submission window expires in order to ensure the response can be scored.  Students cannot submit their response to question 1 in the submission response for question 2.   If a student was unable to submit each response in time, he/she can request a makeup exam at //cb.org/requestmakeup.


    AP® World Languages Exam App

    The AP® World Languages Exam App is now available for download on students' smartphones (iPhone® or Android™) or tablets (iPad® or Android). Students can download the free app from either the Apple® App Store or Google Play™.  Students need to use this app to take their AP world language and culture exam(s).


    Students should download the app now to the phone or tablet they plan to use for their AP world language and culture exam(s). This will give them time to make sure they can download it to their device and to use it in practice mode to become comfortable with how the app works before their scheduled exam day.  All content in practice mode is in English, but if students want to review questions in their exam language, they can access sample questions for their subject online.


    iPhone or iPad





    New important information:

    2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) The testing guide includes key information students need to know about taking their exams.

    Overview video. This video gives a high-level overview of this year's exams.

    Exam Dates

    Exams will be given from May 11–22.

    Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

    Students should plan to test during the primary window (May 11-22) The June dates are in case students have connectivity issues or if they have two exams at the same time in May.

    Students will test during Eastern Time.

    View the full testing schedule and exam specific timing/info HERE.

    Exam Day

    Required and recommended resource list  Know what resources you can use during your exams and how you can access them.

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

    Students are encouraged to practice with the exam demo. Students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.

    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.

    Exam Format

    Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.

    Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.

    For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

    Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles —will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.

    Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

    Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.

    Remote Instruction and Practice

    BHSS AP teachers remain the number one resource for our students.  They will continue to provide instruction, review, and test prep in their Canvas courses.  They are available for questions or conferencing up until exam day.

    College Board is offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These review videos are also recorded so students can view them multiple times. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.

    Tips for Success on Open Book/Open Note Exams: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/open-book-tips


    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.


    Accommodations Information

    The following information came directly from College Board on 5/7.

    We're writing to provide additional details about how extended time will be applied on this year's AP® Exams. Extended time is applied only on the AP Exams that correspond to the type of extended time a student is approved for. See below.

    Because the exam is shorter and the system students will use is new, all students approved for extended time will receive online AP Exams enabled with 100% extended time. This will automatically appear on the timer within the exam(s) for all students approved for extended time.

    For one-question exams, students will receive 100 minutes to craft, attach/paste, and submit their response.

    For two-question exams, students will receive 60 minutes to craft, attach/paste, and submit their response to the first question, and then 40 minutes to craft, attach/paste, and submit their response to the second question.

    Please be aware of the following:

    Students don't need to use the full time provided to write their responses, and they can submit their responses whenever they're ready to do so during the exam. Spending more time than necessary on a response is unlikely to provide any score benefits.

    For exams with two questions, the second question won't appear until the 60 minutes for the first question has elapsed. Students shouldn't refresh their browser—they should simply wait until the timer runs out and the next question appears.

    The extended time includes 10 minutes to attach/paste the response and click Submit. However, students will only receive an onscreen reminder to submit their response when there are 5 minutes remaining. Therefore, if a student thinks they'll need more than 5 minutes to attach/paste and submit their response, they shouldn't wait for the onscreen reminder to start the submission process.

    Exception: If a student is approved for extended time in listening or speaking and is taking a spoken AP world language and culture exam, they'll receive the approved amount of extended time—50% or 100%—to prepare their responses for each task, as follows:

    French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture—For 50% extended time: For Task 1 students have 3 minutes total to prepare for the conversation, and for Task 2 they have 13 minutes total to prepare for the presentation. For 100% extended time: For Task 1 students have 5 minutes total to prepare for the conversation, and for Task 2 they have 22 minutes total to prepare for the presentation.

    Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture—For 50% extended time: For Task 1 students have 3 minutes total to prepare for the conversation, and for Task 2 they have 10 minutes total to prepare for the presentation. For 100% extended time: For Task 1 students have 4 minutes total to prepare for the conversation, and for Task 2 they have 16 minutes total to prepare for the presentation.

    Note: Any students approved this week for an accommodation that requires extended time will receive an email from Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) informing them that they need to test during the June makeup testing window and that they shouldn't use their May e-ticket.

    The chart below shows which types of extended time apply to which exam subjects.

    Type of Extended Time

    Applicable Exams


    Biology, Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Statistics

    Listening, Speaking

    Music Theory, spoken World Languages

    Reading, Writing

    All subjects except for spoken World Languages

    Students will be able to take this year's online AP Exams with College Board–approved accommodations. Information about extended time, screen-reader compatibility, readers/scribes, and other details is available on College Board website. Additional information regarding spoken world language and culture exams will be available the week of April 27. For questions about accommodations, contact the SSD office at 844-255-7728 (toll free in the United States and Canada) or 212-713-8333, or ssd@info.collegeboard.org.

    Student Communications and Exam Access

    Students will need access to their email or College Board account to take the 2020 AP Exams. Students can ensure they have access in the following ways:


    Check the email address used to create account on myap.collegeboard.org; students should regularly check this email address for the most recent information about their AP Exams.


    Students should verify their College Board account at myap.collegeboard.org by clicking on their profile at the top right-hand corner of the page, and going to Account Settings. Students should scroll down to verify their information and confirm that their email address is the one to which they'd like to receive the e-ticket to take their AP Exams. If it's not the correct email, they can update it to an email they check regularly by clicking Update.

    Confronting the Digital Divide

    We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, College Board is investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If you need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact College Board directly to let them know by April 24.

    AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam:


    World Language App

    • There is new online form available for students to help troubleshoot issues with the app: WL APP Support Form.

    The above exam 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. College Board will email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit this 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 exam is also now available.

    If students are unsure about accessing the app, or if they don’t have a device, they can fill out this survey as soon as possible so College Board can help support them (applicable to U.S. and U.S. territories).

    Exam Cancellation Fees

    Due to the extended school closures with COVID-19, College Board is allowing students to cancel their exams this year and not be charged a cancellation fee. 

    Students “cancel” their exam by not taking the exam.  Students do not need to communicate whether or not they plan to take the exam before the exam administration to avoid fees.



    Many of our students and families are experiencing challenging financial times, and we have decided to change our refund policy for 2020.  College Board announced on 4/13 that they will allow order changes through April 20th.  We are going to allow students to request a partial refund through April 19th (midnight), 2020.  A $10 fee will be retained per exam to cover online fee and registration services.

    To receive a refund students must email cancel@aptsusa.com and include:

        • Student’s full name
        • Name of their school (including city/state)
        • Title of the exam to cancel

    The deadline to request a refund is April 19th.

    **Late registration fees and any applicable credit card fees are not eligible for refund.

    Exam Scores and College Credit

    As usual, students' work will be scored by a network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. College Board anticipates releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.

    They are confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. They have spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support their solution for this year's AP Exams.

    Exam Security

    Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may NOT consult with any other individuals during the testing period. College Board will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as they do every year.

    We are confident that the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, College Board has a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, students and education professionals can learn more about thier security measures.

    At a minimum, test takers should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.

    Note: There may be some differences for world languages and courses that require portfolio submissions. Check this website for more information.