AP Exam Regulations & Security Guidelines
Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be online, open book/open note format. However, students may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period, with the exception of students working on the AP Computer Science Principles Create performance task. The College Board will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as they do every year.
We are confident the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, the College Board have a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. They are keeping some of these protocols confidential to maximize their effectiveness. Others are listed below. We encourage our students and their parent to take the time to familiarize themselves with these regulations and security guidelines prior to exam day.
AP Exams Designed with Security in Mind
• The exam format and questions are designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online.
• Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
• On test day, students will be required to verify their identity and confirm the work they submitted is their own.
Sophisticated Security Tools to Detect Plagiarism
• College Board is using a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software and post-administration analytics, to protect the integrity of the exams.
• In addition, each student’s AP teacher will receive copies of the work the student submits to us, enabling teachers to spot inconsistencies with students’ known work.
Consequences to Those Students Who Violate Exam Security
• Students whose responses mirror online content or other students’ submissions will have their scores canceled.
• Students sharing or receiving exam content or exam responses, or engaging in any plans or efforts to provide or gain an unfair advantage, will be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled. This includes communications or assistance in person, via the Internet, social media, or by any other means.
• If we determine that a student gained or provided an unfair advantage on an AP Exam, College Board will notify BVT so we can choose to take necessary disciplinary action, as appropriate. College Board will also provide information about the incident to colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT scores) — or to which the student would send scores in the future.
• Students who attempt to gain an unfair advantage also may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement Exam, as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or CLEP assessments.
• Under certain circumstances, College Board may inform law enforcement of any incident to determine if prosecution of the test taker, or anyone assisting the test taker in misconduct, is warranted.
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