By Will Foster ’20
The College Board on Friday announced dramatic changes to the administration of Advanced Placement course exams this spring, implementing online at-home exams and excising portions of course material in an effort to accommodate students kept out of school by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
“For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered,” the College Board said in a statement.
The organization implied that free response questions would be included on at least some of the exams, although details of the specific question types have not yet been provided.
The AP tests will not include content from the final topics typically covered in each course. For example, the AP Calculus AB exam will not include Unit 8, which covers applications of integration such as solids of revolution. Meanwhile, the AP Calculus BC exam will include Unit 8, but will not include Unit 9 (parametric, polar, and vector derivatives and integrals) and will only cover part of Unit 10 (which covers Taylor and Maclaurin series convergence).
Meanwhile, for AP Computer Science the multiple-choice exam will be eliminated, leaving only the Explore and Create tasks for students to complete. For AP Research, the presentation has been eliminated, leaving only the academic paper to submit.
The College Board says more details will be forthcoming by April 3.