The 2020 AP Exams will be given online from May 11 to May 22

The biggest changes:
  • The exams are 45 minutes
  • There are no multiple choice questions
  • Certain topics are omitted depending on exam
  • All of the answers are written 
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AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Exam Date: May 11 (makeup June 1)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered: Electrostatics, Conductors, Capacitors, Dielectrics, Electric Circuits
 
Topics NOT Covered: Magnetic Fields, Electromagnetism
 
Exam Format: 2 Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Long free-response question
  • Question 2 (15 min/40% weight): Short free-response question

Question 1 will assess students' ability to

  • Analyze representations of physical situations
  • Determine scientific questions and methods
  • Analyze quantitative data represented in graphs
  • Develop an explanation or a scientific argument

Question 2 will assess students’ ability to design and evaluate a lab experiment, use graphical analysis of data to find physical quantities, and identify physical sources of experimental variation.

  • As on a traditional AP Exam, students will require access to the AP Physics C formula sheet, and should access and/or print it before the exam.
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam are designed such that required calculations can be done with a pencil and paper, with no calculator (including one with graphical or statistical capabilities) required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.

AP Physics C: Mechanics
Exam Date: May 11 (make-up June 2)

  • Hawaii Time: 6 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 8 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 9 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 10 a.m.
  • Central Time: 11 a.m.
  • Eastern Time: 12 p.m.

Topics Covered: Kinematics, Newtons Laws, Work, Energy, Power, Rotation, Linear Momentum
 
Topics NOT Covered: Oscillations, Gravitation
 
Exam Format: 2 Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Long free-response question
  • Question 2 (15 min/40% weight): Short free-response question

Question 1 will assess students' ability to

  • Analyze representations of physical situations
  • Determine scientific questions and methods
  • Analyze quantitative data represented in graphs
  • Develop an explanation or a scientific argument

Question 2 will assess students’ ability to design and evaluate a lab experiment, use graphical analysis of data to find physical quantities, and identify physical sources of experimental variation.

  • As on a traditional AP Exam, students will require access to the AP Physics C formula sheet, and should access and/or print it before the exam.
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Physics C: Mechanics Exam are designed such that required calculations can be done with a pencil and paper, with no calculator (including one with graphical or statistical capabilities) required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.

AP Calculus AB
Exam Date: May 12 (make-up June 1)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered

  • Limits and Continuity
  • Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties
  • Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
  • Contextual Applications of Differentiation
  • Analytical Applications of Differentiation
  • Integration and Accumulation of Change
  • Differential Equations

 
Topics NOT Covered: Applications of Integration 
 
Exam Format: 2 Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Multi-focus free-response question
  • Question 2 (15 min/40% weight): Multi-focus free-response question

Both questions will consist of similar components to traditional AP Calculus exam questions, with minor modifications to enable students to choose to submit either typed or handwritten responses.

  • For students who prefer to type their responses on a computer rather than handwriting and photographing, we will provide a “keyboarding tip sheet” in advance of the exam, with suggestions on how to enter various mathematical expressions on a regular keyboard.
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Calculus AB Exam are designed such that a graphing calculator or other calculator is not required. However, use of a calculator is allowed. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.
  • No arithmetic or calculations will be required beyond what can readily be done with pencil and paper. As always, AP Calculus AB students are advised to submit “unsimplified” numeric answers, in order to avoid risking arithmetical errors not related to calculus.

AP Calculus BC
Exam Date: May 12 (make-up June 1)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered

  • Limits and Continuity
  • Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties
  • Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions
  • Contextual Applications of Differentiation
  • Analytical Applications of Differentiation
  • Integration and Accumulation of Change
  • Differential Equations
  • Applications of Integration
  • Infinite Sequences and Series (ONLY these topics are covered: Working With Geometric Series, Harmonic Series and p-series, Alternating Series Test for Convergence, Ratio Test for Convergence, Finding Taylor Polynomial Approximations of Functions)  

 
Topics NOT Covered: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions, Infinite Sequences and Series (all other topics)   
 
Exam Format: 2 Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Multi-focus free-response question
  • Question 2 (15 min/40% weight): Multi-focus free-response question

Both questions will consist of similar components to traditional AP Calculus exam questions, with minor modifications to enable students to choose to submit either typed or handwritten responses.

  • For students who prefer to type their responses on a computer rather than handwriting and photographing, we will provide a “keyboarding tip sheet” in advance of the exam, with suggestions on how to enter various mathematical expressions on a regular keyboard.
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Calculus BC Exam are designed such that a graphing calculator or other calculator is not required. However, use of a calculator is allowed. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.
  • No arithmetic or calculations will be required beyond what can readily be done with pencil and paper. As always, AP Calculus BC students are advised to submit “unsimplified” numeric answers, in order to avoid risking arithmetical errors not related to calculus.

AP English Literature and Composition
Exam Date: May 13 (make-up June 2)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered: Short fiction
 
Topics NOT Covered: Longer fiction, poetry
 
Exam Format: 1 Long Free Response Question

  • Question 1 (45 min/100% weight): Prose fiction FRQ2

This question presents students with a passage of prose fiction of approximately 500–700 words, and assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible interpretation.
  • Select and use evidence to support a line of reasoning.
  • Explain how the evidence supports a line of reasoning.
  • Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating an argument.

AP European History
Exam Date: May 13 (make-up June 2)

  • Hawaii Time: 10 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 12 p.m.
  • Pacific Time: 1 p.m.
  • Mountain Time: 2 p.m.
  • Central Time: 3 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 4 p.m.

Topics Covered: Units 1-7
Topics NOT Covered: Units 8–9
Exam Format: Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ) – 45 minutes
This question presents students with 5 historical sources, 1 of which will be a non-text-based source. This question assesses students’ ability to:

  • Respond to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis or claim that establishes a line of reasoning.
  • Describe a broader historical context relevant to the prompt.
  • Support an argument in response to the prompt using at least 4 documents.
  • Use at least 2 additional pieces of specific historical evidence (beyond that found in the documents) relevant to an argument about the prompt.
  • For at least 2 documents, explain how or why the document’s point of view, purpose, historical situation, and/or audience is relevant to an argument.
  • Use evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the prompt.

Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ). The prompt for the 2020 modified DBQ may be derived from any of Units 1–7, and will include 5 documents (instead of 7). The rubric will be lightly modified to match the reduced number of documents, awarding 1 point for using 2 documents and an additional point for using 4 documents. An additional point will be awarded for effectively incorporating a second piece of outside knowledge into the argument. Students can earn up to 2 points for sourcing (1 point for each document).

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Exam Date: May 13 (make-up June 2)

  • Hawaii Time: 6 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 8 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 9 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 10 a.m.
  • Central Time: 11 a.m.
  • Eastern Time: 12 p.m.

Topics Covered: Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electrostatics, Circuits, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction
 
Topics NOT Covered: Optics, Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear and Atomic Physics
 
Exam Format:

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Qualitative/Quantitative Translation (QQT)
  • Question 2 (15 min/40% weight): Paragraph Argument Short Answer

Question 1 will assess students' ability to translate between quantitative and qualitative justification and reasoning. Question 2 will assess students’ ability to create a paragraph-length response, which consists of a coherent argument about a physics phenomenon that uses the information presented in the question and proceeds in a logical, expository fashion to arrive at a conclusion.

  • As on a traditional AP Exam, students will require access to the AP Physics 2 formula sheet, as appropriate, and should access and/or print it before the exam.

Questions on the 2020 AP Physics 2 Exam are designed such that required calculations can be done with a pencil and paper, with no calculator (including one with graphical or statistical capabilities) required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.

AP Chemistry
Exam Date: May 14 (make-up June 2)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered: Atomic Structure and Properties, Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties, Intermolecular Forces and Properties, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium
 
Topics NOT Covered: Acids and Bases, Applications of Thermodynamics
 
Exam Format: 2 Long Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Long FRQ
  • Question 2 (15 min/35% weight): Long FRQ

Question 1 (and 2)  presents students with a chemical system and/or data and assesses students’ ability to

  • Explain chemical phenomena using models, theories, and representations at the particulate and macroscopic levels
  • Draw conclusions from experimental results, identify and explain experimental procedures that are aligned to a question, and analyze sources of error
  • Analyze a system with quantitative reasoning
  • Support claims with evidence and reasoning

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Exam Date: May 14 (make-up June 2)

  • Hawaii Time: 10 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 12 p.m.
  • Pacific Time: 1 p.m.
  • Mountain Time: 2 p.m.
  • Central Time: 3 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 4 p.m.

Topics Covered: Kinematics, Dynamics, Circular Motion, Gravitation, Energy, Momentum, SHM, Torque and Rotational Dynamics
 
Topics NOT Covered: Electrostatics, DC Circuits, Waves and Sound 
 
Exam Format

  • Question 1 (25 min/60% weight): Long free-response question
  • Question 2 (15 min/40% weight): Paragraph Argument Short Answer

 
Question 1 will assess students' ability to translate between quantitative and qualitative justification and reasoning. Question 2 will assess students’ ability to create a paragraph-length response, which consists of a coherent argument about a physics phenomenon that uses the information presented in the question and proceeds in a logical, expository fashion to arrive at a conclusion.

  • As on a traditional AP Exam, students will require access to the AP Physics 1 formula sheet, as appropriate, and should access and/or print it before the exam.
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Physics 1 Exam are designed such that required calculations can be done with a pencil and paper, with no calculator (including one with graphical or statistical capabilities) required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.

AP US History
Exam Date: May 15 (make-up June 3)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered: Units 3-7 (Students may choose to, but do not need to, provide content knowledge from units 1 and/or 2 for context)
Topics NOT Covered: Units 1-2 (although students may choose to provide content knowledge from units 1 and/or 2 for context), 8–9
Exam Format: Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ) – 45 minutes
This question presents students with 5 historical sources, 1 of which will be a non-text-based source. This question assesses students’ ability to:

  • Respond to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis or claim that establishes a line of reasoning.
  • Describe a broader historical context relevant to the prompt.
  • Support an argument in response to the prompt using at least 4 documents.
  • Use at least 2 additional pieces of specific historical evidence (beyond that found in the documents) relevant to an argument about the prompt.
  • For at least 2 documents, explain how or why the document’s point of view, purpose, historical situation, and/or audience is relevant to an argument.
  • Use evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the prompt.

Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ). The prompt for the 2020 modified DBQ may be derived from any of Units 3–7, and will include 5 documents (instead of 7). The rubric will be lightly modified to match the reduced number of documents, awarding 1 point for using 2 documents and an additional point for using 4 documents. An additional point will be awarded for effectively incorporating a second piece of outside knowledge into the argument. Students can earn up to 2 points for sourcing (1 point for each document).

AP Biology
Exam Date: May 18 (make-up June 3)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered: Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure and Function, Cellular Energetics, Cell Communication and Cell Cycle, Heredity, Gene Expression and Regulation
 
Topics NOT Covered: Natural Selection, Ecology
 
Exam Format: 2 Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/65% weight): Interpreting and Evaluating Experimental Results (Corresponds to FRQ 1)

Question 1 presents students with an authentic scenario accompanied by data in a table and/or graph. This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Part A: Describe and explain biological concepts, processes, or models, in applied context
  • Part B: Identify and justify experimental design procedures
  • Part C: Analyze data
  • Part D: Make and justify predictions
  • Question 2 (15 min/35% weight): Conceptual Analysis (Corresponds to FRQ 4)

Question 2 presents students with an authentic scenario describing a biological phenomenon with a disruption. This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Part A: Describe biological concepts or processes, in applied context
  • Part B: Explain biological concepts or processes, in applied context
  • Part C: Predict the causes or effects of a change in a biological system
  • Part D: Support or justify a claim with reasoning or evidence

AP World History: Modern
Exam Date: May 21 (make-up June 5)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered: Units 1-6
Topics NOT Covered: Units 7-9
Exam Format: Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ) – 45 minutes
 
This question presents students with 5 historical sources, 1 of which will be a non-text-based source. This question assesses students’ ability to:

  • Respond to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis or claim that establishes a line of reasoning.
  • Describe a broader historical context relevant to the prompt.
  • Support an argument in response to the prompt using at least 4 documents.
  • Use at least 2 additional pieces of specific historical evidence (beyond that found in the documents) relevant to an argument about the prompt.
  • For at least 2 documents, explain how or why the document’s point of view, purpose, historical situation, and/or audience is relevant to an argument.
  • Use evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the prompt.

Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ). The prompt for the 2020 modified DBQ may be derived from any of Units 1–6, and will include 5 documents (instead of 7). The rubric will be lightly modified to match the reduced number of documents, awarding 1 point for using 2 documents and an additional point for using 4 documents. An additional point will be awarded for effectively incorporating a second piece of outside knowledge into the argument. Students can earn up to 2 points for sourcing (1 point for each document).

AP Statistics
Exam Date: May 22
 (make-up June 5)

  • Hawaii Time: 8 a.m.
  • Alaska Time: 10 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: 11 a.m.
  • Mountain Time: 12 p.m.
  • Central Time: 1 p.m.
  • Eastern Time: 2 p.m.

Topics Covered

  • Exploring One-Variable Data
  • Exploring Two-Variable Data
  • Collecting Data  
  • Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions  
  • Sampling Distributions  
  • Inference for Categorical Data: Proportions  
  • Inference for Quantitative Data: Means

 
Topics NOT Covered: Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square, Inference for Quantitative Data: Slopes
 
Exam Format: 2 Free Response Questions

  • Question 1 (25 min/55% weight): Multi-focus free-response question
  • Question 2 (15 min/45% weight): Multi-focus free-response question

Both questions will test two or more of: Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Probability and Simulations, Inference. Both questions will consist of similar components to traditional Statistics exam questions, assessing 2 or 3 of the course skill categories (including the inference skills within each category).

  • There will not be an Investigative Task on the 2020 AP Statistics Exam.
  • As on a traditional AP Exam, students may require access to the AP Statistics Formula Sheet and should access and/or print it before the exam. 
  • Questions on the 2020 AP Statistics Exam are designed such that required calculations can be done with a pencil and paper, with no calculator (including one with graphical or statistical capabilities) required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple (“four-function”) calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones (i.e. most or all internet-connected devices), and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam.
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