As the AP tests were approaching last year, students and teachers were waiting to hear from the College Board about what was going to happen given the COVID-19 situation. Luckily, the College Board sent updates on a regular basis, keeping students and teachers informed.
The tests were later scheduled from May 11 – May 22, the date changing depending on which test the student was taking. The time of the test also varied but was consistant for each test. This did cause some issues regarding timing since zones, as a few students living abroad were having to take tests at inconvienent time, such as in the middle of the night.
The tests were in a variety of formats such as verbal response, free response, or document-based. Most of the history exams were document-based, while the science, math, english, or related subjects were free response, the language tests were the verbal responses.
Also, something interesting about last year’s tests is that they were open notes, according to a survey sent out to the Leigh Students. In addition, AP tests normally have more than one part, yet the COVID-19 the tests only had one part.
Also surveyed were the students’ opinions on the timing of the tests. The survey results showed that whether or not the timing was optimal varied from student to student. For example, for the AP Calculus AB test, 4 out of 5 students surveyed saidthe timing was optimal. However, for the AP Physics 1 test only 2 out of 4 students said that the test was in optimal timing.
There were rumors that there had been issues with submitting and accessing the students’ AP Exams, causing them to need retakes. These incidents were periodically mocked on social media. However, according to the results from the survey, that wasn’t the case at Leigh. The results of the survey show that even though there may have been issues with submitting, they didn’t need to do retakes, and there were no problems accessing the test.
In the end, although the tests were different and shorter, those who took them were ultimately glad they did; they seemed to be an ideal alternative to in-person tests, considering the circumstances.