College board changes the way AP exams are administered


Jack Butchart

For the first year ever, students will be taking AP exams online.

With the recent changes to learning experienced worldwide, the College Board had to adapt to these changes as well. 

Normally, Advanced Placement tests consist of a multiple choice section and two written essay sections. With the recent changes made, the test will now be held online and will consist of only a written section of the test. 

“The at-home AP Exams this year will not include any multiple-choice questions, only free-response questions adapted for secure test taking at home,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program. “They will measure skills that can’t be learned from Google or chats with friends.”

With these changes, it may seem easier on the surface. However, some students are struggling with preparations.

“With the current situation,” said Vicky Riordan (11), “it is a little bit harder, studying is more difficult because teachers can’t always answer questions right away. Also, your test score is riding on the essay and short response questions instead of having the multiple choice questions as a cushion.” 

Many AP tests are now focusing on the first couple units that were taught in the classroom and will only include that information. This changes how many students study. 

“Since I am taking the AP (Government) exam,” said Megan Blanchard (11), “I am only studying the first three units because that is what the test is going to focus on. I have had a lot more time to study and since there are less topics to cover, it is a lot less stressful.” 

These changes have made some students change their minds on taking the exam. 

“I originally had just under 260 students signed up to take the test,” said Chris Ventimiglia, OHS counselor. “Currently, I had 24 students cancel exams, but that number grows every day.” 

The first at-home AP test is scheduled to take place on May 11 and the testing for all AP classes will conclude on May 22.