AP® Exams: What your student needs to know this fall

If your family life is anything like mine, you are most likely overwhelmed with the challenge of managing everyday life as well as keeping your student’s academic train on the tracks.

Sometimes just getting through the day is a big win in my house! However, this means deadlines occasionally slip through the cracks.

We want to make sure the AP® exam process is as simple and easy-to-follow as possible for you and your student this year. To help with that, we compiled a checklist to keep your student on track and prepared for the AP® exam.

✓ Find an AP® coordinator to get your student registered.

Your school should be able to put you in touch with the AP® coordinator to help get the process going for you.

If you’re not sure who that might be, you can check in with your school counselor to find out who can help get your student registered.

✓ Get registered!

AP® Coordinators need to order the test by November 13, 2020 for full-year AP courses and first-semester AP courses. You can check out more official deadlines on the College Board website: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/ap-coordinators/calendar-deadlines.

✓ Review the exam schedule.

The 2021 AP® Exams will be administered over two weeks in the spring of 2021 (May 3 – 7 and May 10 – 14).

The College Board announced they are prepared to offer in-school testing to increase access and opportunity for as many students as possible, but they will also be prepared to offer a contingency testing option if school buildings are closed due to COVID-19.

If a student registers for the exam this fall, but decides not take the test in the spring, the College Board will waive the $40 cancellation or unused exam fee. Learn learn more about exam dates and fees: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees.

✓ How to study.

Your student’s AP® teacher should be able to provide them with access to a new resource that was launched by the College Board last year. AP® Classroom includes a suite of digital tools that teachers can use throughout the year to help prepare your student for the AP® Exam.

AP® Classroom includes personal progress checks and personalized feedback on the skills and topics students learn throughout the course. There are also new AP® Daily videos that can help support your student’s learning for each topic.

Within the “Exam Preparation” section of the course, you can find all practice materials and resources, including scoring guidelines and student responses, how the test will be structured, and strategies for success on the exam.

Students enrolled in ALVS online AP® courses get access to AP® Classroom so that they can use College Board resources such as AP® practice or released exam questions using the AP® Question Bank to prepare for their AP Exam.

✓ How ALVS Can Help

With an average of 14 years of AP® teaching experience, nine of them online, Apex Learning Virtual School (ALVS) teachers know what is expected of students on AP® exams.

In fact, several of our teachers have been AP® exam readers. Our dedicated teachers regularly monitor student progress, encouraging and guiding students along the way.

ALVS AP® courses include a variety of activities. Your student will read, watch, listen, inquire, write, discuss, and manipulate. Students can check their comprehension in real-time with interactive assessments so they can decide if they need additional review, support from their teacher, or to move forward.

Learn more about the ALVS AP® Courses: https://www.apexlearningvs.com/advanced-placement/.

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Sarah Williamson has more than 15 years of experience supporting mid-large size companies with strategic public relations programs in the technology, education and healthcare sectors. Specializing in establishing B2B companies as industry leaders, she has Bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and public relations. When she’s not writing blog posts, she can be found spending time with her husband and three young boys.