Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Advanced Placement (AP) Updates

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Students who have participated in Advanced Placement courses this year, will have the opportunity to take the AP exam for a qualifying score. Arkansas colleges will accept qualifying scores of 3 or better on the modified assessments. The following information provides specific information regarding the AP assessments.


College Board Updates for Advanced Placement Exams:

  • Exam Format - Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to compose and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
  • Allowable Devices - Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to - computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones. Tips for testing on specific devices will be available from College Board in late April. 
  • Test Length - For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • Certain courses - Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar - will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Students need to submit their portfolios if they wish for them to be scored by College Board. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
    • Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. College Board will provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
  • Exam Schedule - The exam schedule and additional details about each exam can be found on College Board’s website.  
    • Each course will have two testing date options. Students are encouraged to test on the first available date so that the second date is still available if they experience any technical difficulties with the exam. The schedule for Primary Exams is included below. The schedule for primary and late exams can be found at the link shared above. 

  • Confronting the Digital Divide - College Board recognizes that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, they are investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact College Board directly to let them know by April 24 at
  • Remote Instruction and Practice - On March 25, College Board began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. The daily schedule of classes and links to each course's page on College Board's YouTube channel can be found here.  On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.
    • In addition to sharing information about these classes with students, teachers who are providing remote instruction can use AP Classroom for most subjects. College Board has unlocked secure free-response questions in AP Classroom so teachers can digitally assign relevant practice questions students can take at home. Additional tips for helping your students practice are available.
  • Professional Development Opportunities - College Board will be providing webinars, videos, and other resources to help AP teachers and coordinators leading up to exam day.

DESE Updates for Advanced Placement Exams

  • Arkansas Advanced Placement (AP) Updates can be found on the DESE COVID-19 Information page,
  • Exam Options - There will be no traditional face-to-face exam administration this year.
  • College Acceptance of Scores - Colleges will accept the scores from these AP exams, just as they would from any other AP exam administration. The Arkansas Division of Higher Education’s AP Policy can be found here.
  • Weighted Credit - Taking the AP exam will not be required in order to receive weighted credit for AP courses completed during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Exam Cancellation - College Board is allowing students already registered for exams to cancel their exams at no charge. To cancel, a student will not log in to the exam administration session. No additional action is required by the student or AP coordinator in order to cancel a student's exam. 

The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement is always available to support our students, families, and schools. For assistance, please call 501-682-4224 or email 



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