In the past, each AP Exam had one test date designated by College Board. This year the exam schedule has changed and each subject now has three possible testing dates.
Some of the testing dates remained the same; others have been changed to a new date or format.
If a student is taking an AP Exam online, they will be excused from school that day and will remain home to take the exam. The AP teachers have been communicating with their students about the different options available to the school and students this year.
The test dates and formats that are available to Mars students for the 2021 AP Exams are:
- AP Calculus- May 4th- 8 AM- In-School
- AP Physics I- May 5th- 12 PM- In-School
- AP Computer Science A- May 6th- 12 PM- In-School
- AP Chemistry- May 7th- 8 AM- In-School
- AP Physics II- May 7th- 12 PM- In-School
- AP English Language- May 12th- 8 AM- In-School
- AP Biology- May 14th- 8 AM- In-School
- AP Computer Science Principles- May 17th- 8 AM- In School
- AP English Literature- May 18th- 12 PM- Online at home
- AP European History- May 19th- 12 PM- Online at home
- AP US History- May 19th- 12 PM- Online at home
Please see the below information from College Board regarding testing for the 2020-2021 AP Exams.
- Schools make all decisions about which exams are offered. Students won’t be able to choose exam dates on their own. Beginning in early March, AP coordinators will be able to assign students to Administration 2 and/or 3 exams, if needed and as determined by the school.
- Paper and pencil AP Exams will still be given. In Administration 1, traditional paper and pencil AP Exams and Chinese and Japanese exams will be administered in school. In Administration 2 and 3, traditional exams are given for some subjects that can only be administered in a proctored school setting.
- Digital exams will be available for many subjects in Administration 2 and Administration 3.
- Digital exams can be taken on desktop or laptop computers and school-managed Chromebooks. Because they require typed free responses, they can’t be taken on smartphones.
- Digital exams start at the same time worldwide. The exam timing is controlled by the exam app, not by you, the AP coordinator, or a proctor.
- You won’t be able to return to questions you’ve answered or move back and forth between questions you haven’t answered.
- If a digital exam is offered, there won’t be a paper and pencil version of the same exam offered in the same administration period.
- Digital exams will be full length. The exams will be as long as paper and pencil exams and test the same knowledge and skills. You won’t need to study or prepare differently to be successful on a digital exam. There are minor differences with paper and pencil exams, related to the testing format and exam security. For example, because it’s not feasible to have you draw graphs and figures online this year, for some exams you’ll be asked to answer questions about provided graphs and figures. See the Exam pages on AP Students for further details.
- If you’re taking digital exams, you’ll need to complete some simple setup steps before exam day. We’ll share more information about this with your school later in the spring.
Please contact Mrs. Lindsay Rosswog, Mars Area High School principal, with any questions or concerns regarding the updated AP Exam Schedule.