Spring 2021 AP Exam FAQs
SPRING 2021 AP EXAMS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
College Board is posting news and updates at this website: AP Student
When will the AP exams be scheduled?
The College Board has provided three testing windows for students taking AP exams (see AP Exam Schedule 2021). The College Board only offers in-person exams for Music Theory and all World Language exams (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish Language and Spanish Literature). There is no digital option available for these exams. In addition, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics will be available as in-person exams only in the first two test windows, and digitally in the June 1-11 test window. These are the only exams that ETHS will be able to administer in-person; all other exams will only be administered digitally.
If current health and safety concerns prohibit your student from attending in-person school, sports, and other events at ETHS, an opportunity to take advantage of at-home digital testing for STEM courses: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: E&M, Physics C: Mechanics, Chemistry, and Statistics will be offered during the third administration (June 1-11).
Is there a practice or review available for the AP exams?
College Board provides free AP short, searchable videos, created by AP teachers from across the country, cover the content and skills you’re studying in class. 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.
You can watch these short videos in AP Classroom anytime, from any device with internet access. More information can be found at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/about-ap-exams/practice-for-exams.
Will there be refunds for students who do not take the online exam?
Yes, exam fees will be waived and a full refund will be given to students who decide not to take their online AP exam https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/exam-policies-guidelines/exam-fees. Refunds will be given in July after College Board provides confirmation of students who did not take their scheduled exam.
What will the AP exams be like?
Some exams such as Music Theory and all World Language exams (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish Language and Spanish Literature) will only be offered in-person. The STEM courses: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: E&M, Physics C: Mechanics, Chemistry, and Statistics, will only be administered in person during the first two test administrations. There will be a digital option for these STEM courses in the third test administration in June.
General information about exam features, exam timing, before exam day, on exam day, and after can be found online: AP Student.
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. More information can be found on the College Board website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ap-2020-2021/about-2021-ap-exams.