Advanced Placement Testing 2020 Resources for Students

Test Day Materials

Guidance for failed test submissions (updated 5/17/19)

iPhone settings for uploading photos (updated 5/14/20)


The College Board has made significant changes to the Advanced Placement (AP) program this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closings. The biggest changes are as follows (from the College Board):

  • “The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We know that some students have lost more class time than others, and we want to be fair to all students.
  • Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note.
  • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
  • Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. We’ll provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.”

Questions and Answers from the College Board

The College Board is continually adjusting its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find their updates on the pages below. SEGL is keeping track of these changes and, as a testing site, receives updates before the general public does.

Test Prep Resources from the College Board

The College Board has created a number of online resources for this year’s AP exams. You may find these resources useful, though you should continue to take cues from your teacher on how to prepare for these exams. Participation in SEGL courses, along with some independent work, will prepare you for your AP exams.