AP exams will look much different this year for students

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Published: May. 12, 2020 at 8:23 PM CDT
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Advanced Placement testing began this month across the globe.

These are exams where high schoolers can receive college credit for certain courses.

But this year's testing will be a bit different due to COVID-19. Students taking the tests won't be doing it with pencil and paper in the classroom, but instead on their laptops at home.

“A lot of the assessments are going to be very, very modified because depending on a subject area, they may have a multiple-choice format, written responses -- some of the art and music and foreign languages have an actual assessment that students have to participate in. They have been very creative in finding the best way to do all those things digitally,” said Incoming Director of Secondary Instruction at Bay District Schools Alana Simmons.

Many may wonder how they can enforce test security while a student is at home. Simmons tells us they've actually removed a lot of the multiple-choice sections and replaced them with what she calls performance responses.

“We can't force them to not use their Google Box, but because the exams are timed it's not going to really help them,“ said Simmons. They are allowed to use, at least for the AP exams, they are allowed to use their notes from the course. They're allowed to use their textbooks, but because of the time limitations they really have to spend the majority of their time constructing their response."

Simmons did say the AP exams are just a small part of the students’ academic programs.

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