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College Board offers free Advanced Placement review to high school students starting Wednesday

Posted March 24, 2020 3:23 p.m. EDT
Updated March 25, 2020 4:10 p.m. EDT

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The College Board is offering some free resources for high school students taking Advanced Placement classes starting Wednesday, March 25.

The college-level classes offered in high schools across the state earn students credit toward some courses once they get to college and, depending on the school, higher grade point averages. The tests are scheduled for May, but with schools across North Carolina and the country closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, many students and parents wondered how they would be able to continue to learn new material and take the test to earn credit.

Late last week, the College Board, which runs the exams, announced a variety of opportunities to help high school students complete the courses online and take the tests.

Here's what's available:

Free AP Review Classes

Starting Wednesday, March 25, students can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers around the country.

The courses are optional and mobile-friendly and can be used along with any work a student's teacher also has distributed. They are available on-demand, so students can access them at any time.

They'll focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. Some supplementary lessons will include topics from the final 25% of the course.

Details about the Exam

The College Board surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted to take the test, and most said yes.

For the 2019-20 exam administration only, according to the College Board's website:

  • The College Board is developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • Students can take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They also can write their responses by hand and submit a photo.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • The exams will be secure. We’re using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

More information is on the College Board's website.