College Board Releases 2020 AP Exam Schedule, Implements Anti-Cheating Measures


By Sarah Waters, News Editor and Academics Editor

The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that manages the AP Program and the SAT, announced its 2020 AP exam schedule to teachers in a nationwide call on Thursday night. The exams, which will be held online to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, will be subject to extensive security measures to avoid plagiarism and cheating.

Although textbooks, notes, and internet searches are not prohibited during certain exams, students who are caught trying to plan cheating ahead of time will be identified to all colleges that receive their scores. The College Board will communicate their names directly to colleges.

Teachers will also receive copies of their students’ exams, allowing them to verify that students’ work is consistent with their in-class performance. Students who perform exceptionally well on the AP exam who did not produce equivalent work in class will be flagged. Time limits will also be strictly enforced, and students will not be able to submit test answers after time has elapsed.

Time constraints due to the test-at-home format have also substantially changed the tests’ content, drastically reducing what is required of students in some cases. AP foreign language exams, such as AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP French Language and Culture, will only offer a 45-minute speaking section, eliminating the writing and reading sections. Preliminary test surveys and linguistic analysis will be used to identify impersonators, and for language tests, to certify that the student is the one speaking.

AP English Language and Composition, known at Niles West as Great American Writers, will only require a rhetorical analysis essay, removing the argumentative and synthesis essays. The two calculus exams, AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC will offer two free-response questions: one 25-minute and one 15-minute, each with five minutes for students to upload their answers.

Additional details will be announced on the College Board website on Friday, April 3.

The 2020 AP exam schedule is as follows:

  • Mon., May 11: Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, United States Government and Politics
  • Tues., May 12: Latin, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Human Geography
  • Wed., May 13: Physics 2: Algebra-Based, English Literature and Composition, European History
  • Thurs., May 14: Spanish Literature and Culture, Chemistry, Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • Fri., May 15: Art History, United States History, Computer Science A
  • Mon., May 18: Chinese Language and Culture, Biology, Environmental Science
  • Tues., May 19: Music Theory, Psychology, Japanese Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture
  • Wed., May 20: German Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, Microeconomics
  • Thurs., May 21: French Language and Culture, World History: Modern, Macroeconomics
  • Fri., May 22: Comparative Government and Politics, Statistics, Spanish Language and Culture

Make-up dates are also provided and are as follows:

  • Mon., June 1: United States Government and Politics, Physics C: Mechanics, Human Geography, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Latin
  • Tues., June 2: English Literature and Composition, Spanish Literature and Culture, Physics 1: Algebra-Based, European History, Chemistry, Physics 2: Algebra-Based
  • Wed., June 3: United States History, Art History, Environmental Science, Computer Science A, Biology, Chinese Language and Culture
  • Thurs., June 4: English Language and Composition, German Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Microeconomics, Psychology, Music Theory
  • Fri., June 5: World History: Modern, Macroeconomics, Spanish Language and Culture, Comparative Government and Politics, Statistics, French Language and Culture

Make-up dates are not alternative testing dates. All students, unless authorized by Niles West on an individual basis, must take exams during the initial dates and times.