What to Expect in Your Second AP Exam During a Pandemic

Written by Meghan Dunster, Lainey Lynch, and Ainsleigh Shipp

The impact of COVID-19 on schools continues as students and teachers alike anticipate the 2021 exam season. The College Board approved three different testing administration plans and Loudoun County Public Schools chose the second option, which includes a mix of both distance and in-person testing that begins on May 18th and goes through the 28th. 

In past years, exams have been held in person at school with no restrictions. However, due to technological difficulties the previous year, students will not be allowed to upload work to the testing site. 

Another significant change is the restrictions put into place due to COVID-19 for in-person tests. Woodgrove High School Testing Coordinator Justine Jarvis says, “With digital exams, students take those at home, but there are some subject areas that still have paper exams, which require students to come into the building. Those exams would be foreign language, music theory, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Statistics.”

Throughout the school year, LCPS has allowed students and teachers to enter the building while following certain procedures, and AP testing is no different. “Kids will complete the COVID questionnaire before coming into the building, and then most likely, we will have certain routes established for when those kids enter the building. Hence, they proceed directly to their test locations, depending upon the tests that they’re taking,” says Jarvis. 

LCPS is pushing out features from the College Board to all chromebooks to ensure that the AP exam is more secure. Many of these measures are to protect against cheating, such as preventing students from leaving the testing site. AP teacher Timothy Greening says, “I’m not concerned about cheating on the AP exam; however, I am concerned about how students who cheated during the school year will fare on the exam.” Students can find practice tests and questions on College Board under the AP classroom to review any necessary units. 

Since most of the tests are online, one thing to remember is that if students have had ongoing internet connectivity issues, they should reach out as soon as possible to their AP teacher to ensure that they make the proper accommodations for testing. The school will allow students who have had internet problems to come into the building, including those exams that begin at 4 P.M. 

If you have any questions regarding the AP exams, contact the school’s testing coordinator, Justine Jarvis, at [email protected]

The AP exam timeline from May 3 to June 11. Photo provided by College Board.
Steps to take right before taking AP exams. Photo provided by College Board.