WSHS AP Testing Information

AP Updates due to Coronavirus as of March 20, 2020

In light of the College Board updates released on Friday, March 20, this FCPS News Release was published on March 23. These pages will be updated as more details become available. Please visit the College Board website for more information. For schools affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, College Board will be:

  • Providing live and on-demand AP courses for free
  • Developing a new at-home testing option

Free AP Review Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. View the full schedule here. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

May 2020 Exams

Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

Free resources will be available through exam day to help you get ready. While we encourage you to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge.

For the 2019-20 exam administration only:

  • Exams for each course will be secure, 45-minute online free-response tests.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students will also have the option to write responses by hand and submit a photo.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. College Board is working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly to let us know.

The exams will be secure. We’re using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

2019-2020 FCPS AP Exam Registration Timeline and Fees

All AP students must be enrolled in a MyAP classroom for the AP courses in which they are enrolled unless there are special circumstances. Enrollment in MyAP is how AP Testing Coordinators order AP Exams for students, is the vehicle for teacher delivery of instructional resources, and will be used for teachers to view student’s AP Exam scores. Failure of a student to enroll in MyAP is NOT a substitute for completing the Opt-Out form and may result in unnecessary fees. The deadline to join AP courses in MyAP is October 25th.

Exam Registration Instructions for AP Students:

  1. Ensure you’ve joined your class section online by October 25th.
  2. Review your registration details.
    • Once you have joined the class section for each AP course you are taking, you are automatically registered for the corresponding AP exam. As confirmation of your registration, the date and time of your exam will appear in your class section view in MyAP. 
  3. Review the AP exam calendar.
  4. Pay any exam fees that you owe.
    • FCPS pays for the first six AP exams a student takes throughout their high school career. Each AP exam beyond the first six FCPS-funded exams will incur a non-refundable fee of $94.00 (per exam).  Student AP exam fees will be billed via MySchoolBucks in December. Fees should be paid within 30 days of receiving the invoice.
    • FCPS AP Exam Fee Information

 

AP Exam Registration Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How do I opt-out of an AP exam? 
    • AP Opt-out forms will be distributed to students the first week of October.
      • Students should check the box next to any exam they do not want to take.
      • The signed opt-out form must be returned to Mary Halfhill in Student Services by October 25th.
    • Students who opt-out after the October 25th deadline will incur a fee. 
      • If it is an FCPS-funded test, students will be charged a $40 fee.
      • If it is beyond the six FCPS-funded tests, the student will be responsible for the non-refundable $94 test fee. Unpaid fees will revert to student financial obligations.  
  2. What happens if I drop an AP Course after October 25th?
  3.  What happens if I register for the test, but I don’t sit for the exam? 
    • If you do not sit for an exam for which you registered, you will incur a fee.
      • If it is an FCPS-funded test, students will be charged a $40 fee.
      • If it is beyond the six FCPS-funded tests, the student will be responsible for the non-refundable $94 test fee.Unpaid fees will revert to student financial obligations.  
  4. Can I take an AP exam if I’m NOT enrolled in the course?
    • Students may request to take one or more AP tests without being enrolled in the corresponding course. Requests will be granted based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at West Springfield HS. For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 
    • Students will be responsible for the test fee(s) and these test(s) will not count toward their six FCPS-funded tests. 
    • Contact Kim Nelson (ksnelson@fcps.edu) to request the non-enrolled student AP exam registration and order form.
      • Completed forms and payment must be received by 3:00pm on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    • “Exam only” join codes will be provided to students upon receiving payment of exam fees.
      • Students taking exams without being enrolled in the course will not have access to the same online materials/resources as those enrolled in the courses.  
  5. For additional information regarding AP exam fees, please the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions.

 

AP Scores

May 2019 AP scores are currently available online at https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores#. Students will need to use an existing College Board account or create a new one to view scores. Students will also need their 2019 AP Student Number or FCPS Student ID Number, if provided on exam answer sheets, to view scores. Contact AP Services at 888-225-5427 or 212-632-1780 to get assistance accessing scores.

How to Get Your AP Scores: Video

AP Scores FAQ: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/help#faq

 

AP Testing Accommodations

Students who would like to apply for College Board testing accommodations must submit all documentations to College Board before January 17, 2020. Visit the College Board accommodations website for detailed information and contact Amy Brown (ambrown1@fcps.edu), Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator, with questions or to initiate the process.