2020 AP Exam Changes for HHS Students

2020 AP Exam Changes for HHS Students

We know students and teachers have been working hard all year to build up the skills to be successful on their AP Exams. Due to the national school closures the College Board has made two significant changes:

  1. All AP exams will be delivered to students online so that they can sit for the exam in their homes.
  2. All AP exams have been significantly changed in format, moving to a 45 minute Open Response question only.

Detailed information for students such as exam schedules, exam formats, and information about taking online exams can be found here on the College Board website. Make up exams will run in June. Here is a schedule specific to AP courses offered at HHS. If your student needs a device on which to take the exam, HHS will provide one. Devices can also be requested from The College Board through 4/24 here

The College Board hosted a webinar for parents on April 16, starting at 7:00 pm. The webinar provides information about the upcoming AP exams and tips for helping students prepare for their exams. The webinar was recorded and is available here/link.

To support students, the College Board is also providing free remote learning resources for students. Details about the AP Review classes, including a daily course schedule, are posted online. All classes are available live and as recordings on the Advanced Placement® YouTube channel.

Taking the AP exam is the culmination of a year’s worth of work, a measure colleges use to think through student needs and placement, and a measure HHS uses to accord students AP credit for their GPA. Students who do not sit for the exam will receive honors credit  

Please make sure to check your email for important information from the College Board as they will send ongoing updates. We know that these are trying times and if you have extenuating circumstances that will not allow you/your student to take the exam please let one of us or your student’s teacher know as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Meghan Harrison, Academy and Advanced Learning Coordinator, at mharrison@hps.holyoke.ma.us.

Read the AP Exam Changes letter for more information. |En Español (PDF)