AP Exams in May 2021: What You Need to Know
AP test-takers in May 2020 experienced difficulty navigating online testing. Many encountered IT issues affecting their testing experience and final score. These problems frustrated high school students and their families, as a good AP score equates to a stronger college application and the ability to earn a degree sooner than other undergraduates.
In this article, we’ll look at how the College Board is preparing for May 2021 by breaking down what they’ve changed in the last 12 months. We’ll also explore how myKlovr subscribers can use the service to earn the best score possible.
What Happened in 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic made companies around the world reevaluate how they do business. The College Board was no exception, as the company had only weeks to figure out how to administer AP exams safely.
Their solution was online, at-home testing. Unfortunately, approximately 1% of test-takers experienced IT issues, including the inability to upload work or submit answers. Students worried if their submission would count or if the College Board would allow them to retest. Other questions concerned whether the newly developed online exams put students with disabilities or those with slower internet speeds at a disadvantage.
The College Board has had a year to fix the bugs that plagued some students and frustrated parents in 2020. Let’s see what changed!
A Look at May 2021
The first big change involves exam dates. The College Board created three testing windows. Let’s break them down:
- Window #1: May 3-17
- At-school testing
- Window #2: May 18-28
- At-home and at-school testing
- Window #3: June 1-11
- At home and at-school testing
At-school testing will resemble what high school students experienced before COVID-19 (There will be masks and perhaps a few plastic dividers this time). Also, multiple opportunities to give the same exam will allow schools to reduce the number of test-takers in the room, promoting social distancing.
What will online testing look like this year? The College Board’s detailed guide breaks down the technology requirements that students must satisfy before exam days, such as a fully charged computer and stable internet access.
Here are some key takeaways:
- Students cannot return to unanswered questions.
- There are now accommodations for students with disabilities.
- The digital testing app allows students to continue working on an exam if their computer momentarily loses its internet connection.
Other benefits in 2021 include digital practice tests launching in April.
The testing experience in 2021 also solves a problem that many students experienced in 2020 – uploading work. In 2021, no AP exam requires test-takers to upload images or other files. That information should come as a relief to high school students.
Getting Ready for Exam Day with myKlovr
In the weeks leading up to your AP exams, use myKlovr to set goals for exam-day success. Your goals may include:
- Studying for a certain number of hours each week.
- Always a good idea.
- Receiving one-on-one assistance from your AP teacher.
- Ask them to review one of your free-response answers.
- Downloading the AP exam app and taking a digital practice test.
- Remember, a lot of exam-day stress comes from the unknown. You need to feel comfortable with online testing if you want to do your best.
- Checking the latest updates from the College Board.
- Although it’s unlikely anything will change before exams begin in May, please stay on top of the latest news.
Also, don’t forget that a myKlovr subscription includes tons of resources at no additional cost.
Spring 2021 is a time of hope for many reasons, including the changes to online and in-person AP exams. Please reach out to us if you have additional questions regarding how myKlovr can help you prepare for exam day and college admissions.