• 2021 Redwood AP Exams  

    Welcome! Redwood's 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 the College Board: AP Credit Policy Search.

    With the ongoing COVID Pandemic, the College Board has made significant changes to how and when schools can administer AP Exams this spring. This year's AP Exams will be administered during Administration 2 and 3 (May 18th through June 11th). The 2021 AP Exams will cover the full content of the course and will be administered in either a Digital or Paper & Pencil format. 

    For additional information about AP Courses and Exams, please visit: AP Courses and Exams. 

     

    2021 AP Exam Schedule

     

    Overview of Digital AP Exams

    Digital AP Exams will be the same length as Paper & Pencil exams and test the same knowledge and skills. Most exams have multiple-choice and free-response sections. Digital AP Exams start automatically at the same time worldwide, at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). For exams with 2 sections, the second section starts automatically, after the scheduled break. Digital AP Exams are taken on desktop and laptop computers (Mac, Windows, school-managed Chromebooks). Student computers must be fully charged to last through the full-length exams and be able to be plugged in during the exam, if needed.  Students must have a reliable internet connection to successfully complete their digital AP Exams and College Board has communicated that students will be able to continue testing even if there is a drop in connection momentarily.  Because digital AP Exams require typed free responses, they cannot be taken on smartphones. As a school, we highly encourage students to use their district-issued Chromebook to complete their digital AP Exams.  The AP Exam application that students will need to access and complete their digital AP Exam will be installed by the district’s IT team, so students (and families) can rest assured that the AP Exam application has been installed correctly.   

     

    Digital AP Exam Set Up and Check-In process

    Students will need to complete the exam setup ahead of each exam day on the specific computer that they plan to use for testing. Exam setup will be available 3 days before exam day and must be completed no later than the day before exam day. 

    Students must be present and begin the check-in process 30 minutes before the official start time when the first exam question will appear and the timer will begin. All students taking digital AP Exams must also be seated by the conclusion of the built-in break—the exam will resume automatically at the same time for all students taking a particular exam.  

     

    AP Exam Application

    As a school, we highly encourage that students use their district-issued Chromebook to complete their digital AP Exams.  The AP Exam application that students will need to access to complete their digital AP Exam will be installed by the district’s IT Team, so students (and families) can rest assured that the exam application has been installed correctly.   If students choose to use their own desktop or laptop (Mac or Windows), they will be responsible for installing the AP Exam application and making sure that it works properly with their personal device.  Redwood HS will not be able to provide technical assistance if students use their own device to complete their digital AP Exam.  It is important to note that devices must not be shared between students after exam setup is completed.

     

    Format

    Digital AP Exams will be full length and test the same knowledge and skills as paper and pencil exams, in a format-appropriate manner. Students will answer free-response questions with a keyboard, rather than by hand. The digital AP Exam application will include any symbols students would need to type their responses. No handwritten or photographed work will be required or accepted. 

     

    Digital AP Exam Security Policies

    AP Exam security policies and procedures are designed to make sure every AP student gets the same chance to demonstrate their knowledge on exam day without anyone gaining an unfair advantage. For the digital AP Exams and the Paper & Pencil AP Exams, students will acknowledge that they’ve read and agree to follow all the test security and administration policies and procedures. 

     

    What Students Can and Cannot Bring on Exam Day for Digital AP Exams

    What Students Can Bring To Their Digital Exam:

    • Your testing computer and its power cord.
    • Pens or pencils, for scratchwork.
    • An acceptable calculator if your AP Exam allows the use of a calculator.
    • Your College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if you are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations.

    What Student Cannot Bring To Their Digital Exam:

    • Electronic equipment including phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers or wearable technology.
    • Cameras, recording or listening devices, or any other type of electronic or communication device.* 
    • School-owned and controlled digital recording devices are allowed only for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exams.
    • Books, reference guides and notes
    • Compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, pencils that are not No. 2
    • Correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or colored pencils.
    • Students testing in-school may not bring scratch paper to the AP Exam, but scratch paper will be provided.
    • Watches that beep, make a noise, or have an alarm.
    • Computers or calculators that are not approved.
    • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
    • Ear plugs.
    • Clothing or shoes with subject-related information.
    • Food or drink.
    • Clipboards.

    *The only exceptions to the above restrictions are laptops or other devices specifically permitted to be used for in-school digital testing.

    Exam Practice

    Beginning in April, students and educators will be able to access the AP Exam application on district-issued Chromebooks and access a digital exam practice resource that enables students to confirm the viability of their technology well before test day, experience the exam day flow, and practice answering exam questions, including each type of multiple-choice and free-response question they’ll encounter on exam day. 

     

    Accommodations on Digital AP Exams

    Students will be able to use their approved accommodations for 2021 digital AP Exams. As always, students may only use accommodations that they've been approved for by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office.  

     

    WiFi Issues

    For families who do not have reliable Wi-Fi at home, we will have very limited space on our campus for students to complete their digital AP Exams.  If taking their digital exam at school, students will be required to use their district-issued Chromebook.  For any family who is concerned about the reliability of their WifI at home, please complete the following google sheet by the end of day on April 23, 2021. 

     

    Overview of Paper & Pencil Exams

    Paper & Pencil AP Exams will be taken at school as in previous years. AP Exams that will be administered in the Paper & Pencil format at Redwood HS will include Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Spanish Language & Culture, and Chemistry. Paper & Pencil exams are scheduled to start at 8 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. local time

    Exam Day Procedures

    Please arrive no later than 7:30 AM for the morning administration and 11:30 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 dismissed 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.

    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 is below your comfort level.

     

    What Students Can and Cannot Bring on Exam Day 

    What Students Can Bring Into the Exam Room:

    • No. 2 pencils for your multiple-choice answer sheet.
    • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
    • An acceptable calculator if your AP Exam allows the use of a calculator.
    • Your College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if you are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations.

    What Student Cannot Bring To Their Digital Exam:

    • Electronic equipment including phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers or wearable technology.
    • Cameras, recording or listening devices, or any other type of electronic or communication device.* 
    • School-owned and controlled digital recording devices are allowed only for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exams.
    • Books, reference guides and notes
    • Compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, pencils that are not No. 2
    • Correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or colored pencils.
    • Students testing in-school may not bring scratch paper to the AP Exam, but scratch paper will be provided.
    • Watches that beep, make a noise, or have an alarm.
    • Computers or calculators that are not approved.
    • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
    • Ear plugs.
    • Clothing or shoes with subject-related information.
    • Food or drink.
    • Clipboards.

    *The only exceptions to the above restrictions are laptops or other devices specifically permitted to be used for in-school digital testing.

     

    AP Exam Security Policies

    AP Exam security policies and procedures are designed to make sure every AP student gets the same chance to demonstrate their knowledge on exam day without anyone gaining an unfair advantage. For the digital AP Exams and the Paper & Pencil AP Exams, students will acknowledge that they’ve read and agree to follow all the test security and administration policies and procedures.

     

    AP Exam Calculator Policy

    Calculators can be used on all or some parts of the AP Exams approved by the College Board.  Students may bring up to 2 permitted calculators. They should bring calculators they're familiar with and are in good working order with fresh batteries.  Students should check the list of approved graphing calculators; they may bring only approved models.

     

    Overview of Digital Portfolios

    Several AP courses include a portfolio component that needs to be submitted digitally to be scored by the AP Program. Students will upload and submit their work through a secure web application.  The Digital Portfolio Submission Deadline is Thursday, May 20, 2021 8:59 p.m. PDT 

     

    Testing Conflicts

    There are VERY LIMITED circumstances under which the College Board or Redwood HS can approve a student for taking their Exam during the third administration. Students cannot 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 third administration. This year, exams administered during the third administration will take place June 1, 2021, through June 11, 2021.

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

    If there are conflicts with the AP Exam schedule, please contact Tanya Jaspering (tjaspering@tamdistrict.org) or call the AP Office, 415-945-3622, by April 30, 2021.  

     

    AP Exam Volunteer Proctors

    During Administrations 2 and 3 (May 18th through June 11th), we will be looking for volunteers to proctor AP Exams. 

    Working in collaboration with members of the administrative team and classified staff, AP Exam proctors will help create a testing environment 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 Environmental 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.

     

    Click Here to Sign-Up to Proctor One or More AP Exams

     

     

    For Redwood AP Exam information including any questions or concerns please contact Tanya Jaspering via email at tjaspering@tamdistrict.org