AP Exam Administration
The information below is meant to provide an overview of the 2020-21 AP Testing period.
To ensure equitable testing and preserve credit-earning opportunities for all students, College Board is authorizing students at-home digital testing for all AP courses except World Languages. Decisions for 2021 AP Exams were made to prioritize the health and safety of educators and students while preserving opportunities for motivated students to earn college credit. In order to provide maximum flexibility and ensure we are adhering to health and safety protocols, Rochester Community Schools has decided to schedule all Exams for at home digital exam.
To ensure equitable and secure testing of full course content and skills College Board has mandated, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture; Latin; Music Theory; and Spanish Literature and Culture exams can only be administered in a proctored in-school environment.
The 2021 AP Exams will cover the full course content so that students are accurately placed into higher-level courses where they can succeed when they get to college.
You can find the most up to date information at the AP for Students website.
2021 RCS Exam Schedule
Digital Exams: Overview
Digital exams will be full length and test the same knowledge and skills as paper and pencil exams, in a format-appropriate manner. Students will answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. The digital exam app will include any symbols students would need to type their responses. No handwritten or photographed work will be required or accepted.
Full-length digital AP Exams have simultaneous start times worldwide in Administration 2 and Administration 3. Students must understand that testing starts at exactly 12 p.m. eastern daylight time and 4 p.m. eastern daylight time. Digital exams for a specific subject start at the exact same time, worldwide. Please note that students will need to check in online 30 minutes before the official start time.
Students will need to install the AP Exam application on the computer they'll use throughout AP testing this year; this WILL NOT be the same digital testing platform that was used for emergency testing in spring 2020. Students will not need to install the LockDown Browser they may use for secure AP Classroom assignments.
Because the full-length digital AP Exams require typewritten responses in the free-response section, the exams can’t be taken on smartphones. Digital exams taken on desktop or laptop computers (Windows, Mac, school-managed Chromebook) will be the sole exam format for many subjects on the Administration 2 and Administration 3 test dates.
2021 AP digital exams have been designed with security in mind, so students can take exams at home if they're unable to test at their school. Digital exams administered in school or 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.
Not include questions that can be answered with internet searches, textbooks, notes, study guides, or similar material.
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 other monitors and post-exam analyses for detecting exam violations.
Note: students taking digital exams will be required to have valid photo identification on exam day
Exam violations on any AP Exam—paper and pencil or digital—will result in a score cancellation and additional consequences as warranted.
Digital exams will be accessible to students with disabilities who are approved for testing accommodations.
Beginning on April 8th, students and educators can download the exam application and access a digital exam practice resource that enables students to confirm the viability of their technology well before test day, experience the exam day flow, and practice answering exam questions, including each type of multiple-choice and free-response question they’ll encounter on exam day.
Students will need to use their College Board username/password to access digital exams.
Terms & Conditions
Students must review the AP Terms & Conditions before exam day.
2021 Digital AP Exams - Student Overview Presentation
Four Steps to Take Digital Exams
Before Exam Day
Step 1 | Now | Download and Install the Digital Testing App and Log In
The digital testing application is now available for AP students at cb.org/ap2021examapp.
Students should follow the directions on the download page to install the app on their testing computer.
If your school plans to test students on school-managed Chromebooks, PCs, or Macs, your school should provide them with information about when the app will be installed on their device or how it can be downloaded. The tech coordinator can access the app at cb.org/ap2021examapp-tech.
See the updated AP Digital Testing Guide for more information.
When the app is installed, students should open it and log in with their College Board username and password. This completes the installation process.
Step 2 | As Soon as Possible | Practice with Example Questions in the Digital Testing App
Digital practice gives students the chance to practice with example questions in the same application they’ll use on exam day and confirm that their technology works as expected.
We strongly recommend that all students taking digital exams complete digital practice.
Step 3 | 1–3 Days Before Exam Day | Complete Exam Setup for Each Digital Exam
For each digital AP Exam they take, students must complete the exam setup step in the digital testing app. This step loads their exam onto the computer they’re going to test with. Completing this step is required 1–3 days before each exam. Without taking this step for each exam, students will not be able to test.
Exam setup opens 3 calendar days before the exam date and must be completed no later than the day before the exam.
Exam setup must be done on the computer the student will use for testing.
Once setup is completed, the computer can’t be shared with another student until the exam is over and responses have been submitted to the AP Program.
See the AP Digital Testing Guide for details.
Step 4 | 30 Minutes Before the Exam | Check In to the Exam
On exam day, all students must check in 30 minutes before the official start time of the exam—at 11:30 a.m. EDT for 12 p.m. exams and 3:30 p.m. EDT for 4 p.m. exams—to complete final pre-exam checks.
Students can only check in on their testing computer, and can’t check in on multiple devices.
If students don’t start check-in before the start time of the exam, they won’t be allowed to test and will have to request a makeup exam.
Once they’ve completed check-in, students will see a timer at the top of their screen counting down the time remaining until the start time of the exam. The exam will begin automatically.
See the AP Digital Testing Guide for details.
Digital Exams: Testing Requirements
Each student will need access to a desktop or laptop computer (Mac, Windows, or school-managed Chromebook). The computer must have a built-in or attached camera. The computer can be a personal computer or a school-provided computer but must not be shared between students after exam setup is completed.
Students’ computers must be fully charged to last through the full-length exams and be able to be plugged in during the exam, if needed.
Students must have a reliable internet connection.
Our testing application has been designed to be tolerant of disruptions in internet connectivity during the exam.
Students that are in need of technology should submit a request to Rochester Community Schools using this form and select option 3.