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A letter to PHS Students and Families From dr. potts

may 22, 2020


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AP Exam Cancellations

If a student does not take the exam on either testing date, it will be treated as an unused exam. In that way, students/families can “choose to cancel” their exam. The coordinator would not need to mark the exam as canceled or unused in AP Registration and Ordering – that will be done automatically, and as confirmed above, they will receive a list of those students after the make-up exam window. Handling cancellations this way takes a lot of the burden off AP coordinators in terms of systems management and provides flexibility for students/families when it comes to making an exam decision.


AP Test Information - UPDATES


Posted 5.18.2020

College Board


Dear Colleague,

Today we reached the midway point of the two-week primary administration. We couldn't be more proud of the hundreds of thousands of students who showed up for the opportunity to claim the college credit they worked for all year, despite widespread school closures.

Students have taken nearly 2.2 million AP® Exams, across 15 courses. After the first week of testing, our data show the vast majority of students successfully completed their exams.

However, some students have encountered challenges submitting their responses, and we've been listening closely to each student, parent, or educator who reports a problem. Beginning Monday, May 18, we're changing processes to address some of these concerns.

To help support your students during testing, please share the information below with them.

Submitting Exam Responses

We share the deep disappointment of students who were unable to submit responses.

Beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams.

This option will only be available for students who were not able to submit in the standard process—and they must then email their responses immediately following their exam.

These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, "We Did Not Receive Your Response." The email address that appears on this page will be unique to each student.

Any student testing between May 18–22 who can't successfully upload their response through the exam platform or send it to us by email, will need to request a makeup exam.

To protect the security and validity of exams, we're unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11–15. However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.

Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.

Setting Up Your Students for Success

Given the wide variety of devices, browsers, and connectivity solutions students have access to, we're unable to prevent every possible local error from occurring during the exam. In advance of the administration, we created a testing guideExam demo, and test day checklist to help students avoid potential issues. It's important that students review this information and know to:

Locate their e-ticket, which is emailed two days before each exam

Use a recommended browser, update it to the latest version, and disable plugins

Keep an eye on the time and begin their submission at the 5-minute mark

Additional tips to help your students succeed are available here.

Students taking World Language and Culture exams, which begin on Monday, May 18, must:

Download the free AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA)

Set their device to “Do Not Disturb”

Check to ensure they have enough storage on their device

World Language students should also watch the exam walk-through video, and check our websitefor more guidance.

Thank you for all you continue to do to support your students during this challenging time.

With gratitude,

Advanced Placement Program

College Board

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Posted 5.1.2020

I wanted to send along a bullet point summary of highlights and key information to start your journey in this final week. Continue to review each of these things as best you can on your own, to make sure you are updated on all our AP exam policies for 2020.

Of course, continue to reach out to me as you hear from your teachers and students about their experience in getting prepared!

  •  AP Exam Demo – Our AP Exam demo is officially live. Feel free to pass along the link to your AP community. Anyone is welcome to test the experience and practice with their submissions.
  • What Students Need on Exam Days – This webpage includes a great summary of all the things students should be considering for exam day, including some helpful guides, reference sheets and printouts that students can use to support their preparation.
  • AP Exam Guide – Hopefully, you have seen the overview of this presentation deck. There are a lot of details about preparing for the exams, taking the exams and what happens after the exam. Take time to review and share with your AP community. This is a great tool for AP teachers to use in a virtual lesson preparing for exam day.
  • Exam Day Experience – In addition to the above AP Exam Demo, this link has a great YouTube video that gives a 4-minute walkthrough of what students will need to do on exam day.
  • Availability of Testing Ticket – We got confirmation last week that the testing ticket for each exam will be e-mailed to students two days before the exam. However, to relieve the anxiety of any student who has not been receiving e-mails, this ticket will also be available on the home page of a student’s MyAP account.
  • AP World Languages & Music Theory – There are special instructions for our AP World Language courses and the AP Music Theory course. Please review these links to understand the differences. There are also presentation decks available from the two webinars that were provided for teachers of these courses down at the bottom of each page.
  • AP YouTube Review – Continue to direct students to visit our AP YouTube channel. This week, our team will be including daily preparation tools for each AP course with an exam, to help students navigate the demo site and continue to practice with questions that will align closest to what they will see when they login.
  • In-Depth FAQ for Educators – I missed this in my first review of our site, so I thought I would include a link. There are lots of additional Q&As here that we have not had in the past. Feel free to review.




Teachers Office Hours

All of our teachers have set up Office Hours to allow students and parents keep in contact while we are out of school. Click the link below to view the list.  Please stay safe.

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Printed Class Material Needs

If you are in need of Printed Class Material, we have a number for you to call and leave a message.  Please listen to the directions on the phone. We will do our best to get together the needed class materials within 48 hours. We will then contact you to arrange pick up.

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