AP Courses & Testing


The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Students interested in taking an AP class must be given permission by the instructor before they are enrolled in the course.


Taking AP courses and exams can help students:

  • Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
  • Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Search credit policies by college.

Listed below are frequently asked questions and answers to this unique year. Should you still have additional questions, please contact your teacher or AP Coordinator, Mrs. Quist, mquist@stpeterschools.org.

Q: Updated Changes and FAQ to AP Testing this year: Changes to AP Testing PowerPoint

Q: When will AP Exams be offered this year? Visit the AP Link for all exam dates and times.

Q. Will students be charged a fee if students decide not to take the exam?

No. Given the circumstances, Collegeboard is waiving all fees for unused/canceled exams this year, regardless of when the cancellation decision was made (even prior to the COVAD outbreak).

Students will have access to online free resources through exam day. While it is encouraged for students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

Q. When are online classes available?

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students will have access to free, live AP lessons, delivered each weekday by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes will review the AP content and skills typically taught in the course and are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.

Q. What will classes look like?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A schedule of classes, including descriptions of each lesson is available at collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates. All classes are available for free and are completely optional.

Q: How do I access the classes?

Students can find the classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement.

Q. What if students can’t attend a particular class?

The classes will also be available on-demand at youtube.com/advancedplacement so students can access them any time. But remember these classes are optional, not required. They will begin finishing up the AP course so students have the knowledge for the subsequent coursework in college and loop back to review the entire course.

Q. Can students attend these classes, even if they’re not taking the AP Exam?


Q. What kind of exam will students receive?

Students will receive a 45-minute online free-response exam . There will be no multiple-choice questions. Students will complete the exam at home, online, on a specified day and time. To minimize conflicts, students will be able to choose from two different test dates, one earlier or one later.

Like a college exam, these exams will be open book/”open note.” They won’t test simple factual recall; instead they’ll be focused on skills and thematic understandings. Students will not be tested on content typically taught in the last 25% of an AP course, as laid out in the unit structure shown in the AP Course and Exam Description. Visit collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates for a list of which units that will be included in each AP Exam this year.

Please note: Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified.

Student responses will be submitted digitally and scored by remote readers. This is a similar process to the one we have used for years in scoring AP at-home work for college credit in courses like AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles.

Q. I do not have access to a computer or internet?

Please contact your teacher or Mrs. Quist right away! High school number is 507-934-4212 ext 6200 or mquist@stpeterschools.org

Q. How will Collegeboard prevent students from cheating?

The exams will be designed to measure skills developed over the course of the academic year that cannot be learned on the fly from Google or chatrooms. Like college history and literary essays, these AP Exams are open book/open note. Students will see the topic at the start of the exam and they’ll need to write and submit their responses within the testing time.

Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide. Students may consult textbooks and notes. Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified. Collegeboard will also disqualify any student sharing exam content via social media, websites, and other means.

Q. Will students with approved testing accommodations such as extended time be able to use them on the exams?

Yes. Contact Mrs. Quist if you have any questions. 507-934-4212 ext 6200 or mquist@stpeterschools.org

Q. Will exams be available in all subjects?

Yes. Link to AP Exams

Q. Will the exam cost the same as before?

Yes. Should you decide to take the AP exam you will see a charge on your Infinite Campus account. You can can choose to pay this online or submit a check to St. Peter High School with the student name in the memo with AP Exam.