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Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.

The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.

Facts

  • There are 38 AP courses in seven subject categories.
  • Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject. Learn how AP courses are developed.
  • Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.
  • AP Exams are given in May each year at testing locations all over the world.
  • Schools must be authorized by the AP Course Audit to offer approved AP courses and use the AP designation.

Benefits

Taking AP courses and exams can help students:

  • Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
  • Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Search credit policies by college.

Learn more about how AP benefits students.

AP TESTING 

2021 AP Exam Information

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY 

We will have a combination of in-person/paper exams and at-home/digital exams.

DATES FOR EACH EXAM:

Each student will receive an email containing information about which AP exams they are registered to take as well as the date, time, format, and testing location.  Please review this email for more information about your AP exams.

ACCEPTABLE DEVICES:

For students taking digital AP exams, you may use a personal desktop or laptop computer.  You can also use a school-managed Chromebook.  You cannot use a personal Chromebook, ipad, tablet, or smartphone to take AP digital exams.

STEPS FOR TAKING DIGITAL AP EXAMS:

  1. PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO FIRST!!! 
  2. Download the Digital Testing App as soon as possible.  You can only take the digital exams on a computer (no tablets or smartphones).  
    1. You should download the app on the device you plan to use for digital testing!
    2. If your AP student is taking a digital exam on a school-issued Chromebook, the district has already loaded the app for you.  Go to “Apps” in the bottom left corner and then “2021 Digital AP Exams.”  You will login using your College Board account and then click “Submit.”
    3. If your AP student is taking a digital exam on a school-issued laptop, scroll to the bottom of this page for step-by-step directions to access the app.
  3. Practice with Example Questions in the Digital Testing App.
  4. Complete Exam Setup for each digital exam 1-3 days before the scheduled exam.  
    1. You should complete the Exam Setup on the device you plan to use for digital testing!
  5. Check in to your AP Exam 30 minutes before the start time.  Remember, we are in the Central Time Zone. 

EXAM SECURITY:

The following information was taken directly from the College Board website.

Digital exams administered at home will:

  • Not allow students to return to answered questions or move back and forth between unanswered questions.
  • Begin at the same time worldwide with synchronous section start times.
  • Include security features to prevent students from collaborating, accessing unauthorized aids, or attempting to have someone else test for them.
  • Be reviewed with plagiarism detection software and reviewed with post-exam analyses to identify collaboration or use of unauthorized aids.

CONTACT THE AP COORDINATOR:

If you have any other questions or concerns please reach out to our Academic Dean at: travis.weissler@nisd.net as soon as possible.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENTS TAKING DIGITAL EXAMS ON A SCHOOL-ISSUED LAPTOP OR CHROMEBOOK:

On Campus Learner using-

***School-issued Laptops can install the app through the "Lab Shortcuts" folder on their desktop or through the software center.

Distance Learners using-

***School-issued Laptops can install the app through the software center; follow this path below--

Lab Shortcuts:

       Software Center:

  • Start menu --> Microsoft System Center --> Software Center

***School-issued Chromebooks, the district has already loaded the app for you.  Go to “Apps” in the bottom left corner and then “2021 Digital AP Exams.”  You will login using your College Board account and then click “Submit.”

 

 

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