•  2020 AP Exams

     The 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations will take place May 4, 2020, through May 15, 2020.  AP Exams provide students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of materials covered in AP courses and, depending upon results and individual university policy, possibly earn college credit or placement.  If students and parents are curious to find out which colleges and universities offer credit or placement for AP Scores, please use this great tool created by College Board.

     Changes To College Board's AP Program for 2019 -2020

    Starting with the 2019-20 school year, students and families are being asked to interact with two systems, College Board and Total Registration. Students (and families) need to access College Board for instructional resources and provide information for their Student ID Label. In addition, students (and families) will need to access Total Registration to purchase their AP Exams.


    2020 AP Exam Schedule


    Testing Conflicts

    If there are conflicts with the AP Exam schedule, please see Tanya Jaspering in room 107 or call the AP Office, 415-945-3622, before the end of the registration period. There are VERY LIMITED circumstances under which the College Board or Redwood HS will approve a student for an alternative late testing date.  Students can not take two exams at the same time and Redwood HS will decide which exam a student will take first and which exam will be taken during the late testing window. This year’s late testing window, as set by College Board is Wednesday, May 22nd through Friday, May 24th.

    If approved, an additional $50 late testing fee may apply. 

    Testing With Accommodations

    Students who currently have an IEP or a 504 Plan with testing accommodations must see their school counselor to confirm they have been approved for testing accommodations during AP Exams.  Only students who have been approved by the College Board are eligible to receive testing accommodations on their AP Exam. The last day to submit accommodations requests to College Board is January 17, 2020.

    For those students who have already been approved by the College Board for testing accommodations, you do not need to re-apply.  During the registration process, families will be able to provide the College Board provided SSD # for accommodations.

    There is an important change to our process for securing testing accommodations on College Board exams (PSAT, SAT and AP Exams).

    Beginning November 1, 2019, parents/guardians are now responsible for applying for testing accommodations directly to the College Board for all College Board exams, via fax or email, through information provided on the College Board website. Our school's SSD Coordinator, Whit Long (wlong@tamdistrict.org), will still be responsible for gathering any necessary documentation (e.g., IEP paperwork, 504 Plans, test results) that you may need in order to apply for accommodations.

    Please see "Testing Accommodations" page (linked here) to get started (the approval process can take up to 7 weeks).


    AP Exam Student Information


    Exam Day Procedures:

    Please arrive no later than 7:45 AM for the morning administration and 11:45 AM for the afternoon administration. Depending on your last name, please be sure to report to the correct location for each AP Exam (locations will be posted soon).

    Students may not be dimissed until an exam has officially ended; do not ask to leave early if you finish before the end of the exam. If you play a sport or have a job, it is your responsibility to inform your coach or employer of your AP Exam obligation and make arrangements accordingly.

    Get a good night's rest before your exam and eat a nutrious breakfast. You are allowed to bring a snack and beverage for your 10-minute break. However, food and drink are prohibited in the exam room. It is advisable to bring a sweater in case the room temperature if below your comfort level. 

    What Students Can Bring Into the Exam Room:

    • 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for completing multiple-choice answer sheets
    • 2 pens, with black or dark blue ink only, for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
    • A watch that doesn’t have internet access, doesn’t beep, and doesn’t have an alarm (in case the exam room doesn’t have a clock that can be easily seen).
    • Up to 2 calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking an AP Exam in biology, calculus, chemistry, environmental science, physics, or statistics. Students should visit apstudents.org/courses and go to the calculator policy section within their course page for the specific calculator policy
    • A ruler or straightedge, only if you are taking an AP Exam in physics. Protractors are not allowed
    • A government-issued or school-issued photo ID if you do not attend the school where you are taking the exam.
    • Their College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if you are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations.

    What Student Cannot Bring Into the Exam Room:

    • Bags or backpacks; please leave such items in your locker or your car.
    • Electronic equipment (phones, smartwatches, or wearable technology of any kind, laptops, tablet computers, Bluetooth devices, portable listening or recording devices—MP3 player, iPod®, etc.—cameras or photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, separate timers of any type, and any other electronic or communication devices) are prohibited in the exam room and break area.
    • Books, compasses, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes
    • Mechanical pencils, No. 3 pencils, or colored pencils
    • Rulers or straightedges (these are allowed only for AP Exams in physics).
    • Protractors
    • Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for AP Chinese Language and Culture and AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams, on scratch paper provided by the proctor)
    • Computers or calculators (except as previously noted)
    • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions
    • Watches that beep or have an alarm
    • Food or drink *Unless these have been pre-approved as an accommodation by College Board’s SSD office prior to the exam date
    • Clothing or shoes with subject-related information
    • Ear plugs
    • Clipboards


    AP Calculator Policy

    Calculators can be used on all or some parts of the AP Exams approved by College Board.  For a list of AP Exams where calculators are allowed and a listing of approved calculators, please visit the AP Calculator Policy

    • Students should check the list of approved graphing calculators; they may bring only approved models.
    • New! As of 2020, calculators (four-function, scientific or graphing) are allowed for the AP Environmental Science Exam.
    • As of 2018, students taking the AP Biology Exam may use a four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator.
    • Students may bring up to 2 permitted calculators. They should bring calculators they’re familiar with and that are in good working order.
    • Calculators may not be shared.
    • Calculator memories do not need to be cleared before or after the exam.


    AP Exam Volunteer Proctors

    During the two weeks that Redwood High School administers AP Exams (May 4th through May 15th) we will be looking for volunteers to proctor AP Exams.  The ask for volunteers will go out after the spring semester has started.

    • Working in collaboration with members of the administrative team and classified staff, AP Exam proctors will help create a testing enviroment that will support students during their AP Exams. AP Exam proctors may be parents, substitute teachers, retired teachers or other professionals.
    • Retired teachers may serve as a proctor for exams in a subject area other than those in which they taught. 
    • An individual may not proctor an exam in the year in which an immediate family member or household member may be taking the exam. In other words, a parent cannot proctor the AP Environmental Science Exam if their child is currently taking the AP Enviromental Science course. They can sign up for all other exams.
    • Parents need not have a current student taking an AP course to proctor an AP Exam.


    College Board Links and Resources

    For additional information on AP exams policies, procedures and resources please check out the links listed below. 

    Student/Parent Information:

    Policies and Procedures for AP Exams:

    College Board Resources for Taking AP Exams:

    Credit or Placement for Universities:

    Preparing for the AP Exams:


    For Redwood AP Exam information including any questions or concerns please contact 

    Tanya Jaspering  Email: tjaspering@tamdistrict.org