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Even though they are not held until May, preparations are underway for the AP Tests that we give at Oakton High School.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding AP Tests and possible actions that need to be taken before the May exams. There are some deadlines already approaching, so please read through to find any information applicable to you!
What changes are happening this year in AP? Please read this letter from Mrs. Lane, principal, regarding the major changes and about the timeline.
What do I need to do at the start of the year? All students will have to have a College Board account in order to access important classroom materials as well as register for SAT exams and view scores for SATs, PSATs, and APs. This needs to be an account that students are able to regularly view and should have access to by August 29. We recommend students use a personal email address and not their school email address, as the school email address will expire when they graduate.
Students will login here: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
If you have issues accessing your College Board account, there are prompts on that page that can help you, or you can contact the College Board at 888-225-5427. Oakton High School is not able to help with College Board accounts.
Once I have a College Board account, what will I do? Each class will have a unique class that you will need to sign up for through AP Classroom. You will receive a unique code from your teacher that will enable you to enroll. Information on how to enroll can be found on the College Board website. This needs to be done early on in the year so we can have a correct accounting of students in each class!
What information do I need to know about AP testing at Oakton? You can read our AP Testing letter (to come!) with details about May AP exams. Other questions are answered below!
When are AP Exams held? Exams will be held the weeks of May 4 and May 11. The full schedule from College Board can be found on their website. Oakton’s exam schedule and locations will be released later in the year.
I have a conflict with the date of my AP exam. What do I do? Possible conflicts include a religious holiday, an academic contest, an athletic contest, a conflict with another AP exam, a family commitment, or another school event. Contact Katie Warehime, AP Coordinator, at @email, as soon as you know you have a conflict to schedule a late test.
I’m taking two classes that have exams at the same time. Which will I take on exam day? Contact Katie Warehime, AP Coordinator, at @email in school counseling to discuss your exam schedule. If you are taking two tests on the same day, but not at the same time, it is not possible to reschedule one for a later date. You will have a short break between the two exams to eat lunch.
I am in an AP class now. What do I need to do to make sure I am signed up for the exam in May? You are automatically signed up for the corresponding AP test in any AP class you are taking.
I am in an AP class now but I don't want to take the exam in May. What do I need to do? You should receive a letter by October 1 that gives the option to opt out of AP exams. This form must be returned by October 25 to the school counseling office (located in Trailer 31). Do not return the opt out form to teachers. If you do not opt out of exams prior to October 25, you will automatically be registered and billed, if applicable. No extensions will be granted to the October 25 deadline to opt out of a test. Should you opt out of an exam after that date, you will incur a $40 unused test fee.
Do I need to pay for the AP exams I'm taking? The fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are enrolled for high school credit will be paid by FCPS. The letter you receive in January will detail how many tests you have taken previously. Full information about AP test fees can be found on the FCPS website. Any exams students take beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $94.
I want to take an AP exam in a class I’m not taking / I don’t attend Oakton and want to take an AP test there. What do I need to do? High School students not enrolled in an AP Class at Oakton who wish to take an exam in May should fill out this form and submit $94 payment by October 25. No late registrations will be accepted. Please note that this is dependent on available space. Please note this date is early in the year and much earlier than years prior.
What do I need to do prior to exam day once I’m signed up for an AP Exam? Students will receive information about their specific test location closer to exam date. Other than that, there is nothing to do!
How do I apply for College Board Accommodations for my student? Students who have an IEP or 504 do not automatically have College Board accommodations. Paperwork must be submitted to Oakton by December 20,2019, to allow for processing prior to the College Board deadline; however, we encourage students to submit paperwork as early as possible. All paperwork is to be given to Chris Buckley, SSD Coordinator at Oakton High School. Each of the following must be completed:
Processing for accommodations can take between 7-12 weeks, so we must have the paperwork in by December 20 to process before AP Testing in May. Paperwork should be delivered to Oakton High School, to the attention of Chris Buckley, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What time do AP tests start? Morning AP Exams begin at 8:00 am and students should arrive no later than 7:45 am. Most morning exams are completed by 12:00 pm. Students taking an exam in the afternoon should report no later than 11:30 a.m. for their exam. Afternoon exams typically run to about 4:00 pm, and student transportation will need to be provided by student or parent.
If a student is taking an exam in both the morning and the afternoon, he or she will have a brief break in between to eat lunch.
Students who arrive after the test has started will not be admitted and will owe the $40 unused test fee.
What if I’m sick on test day? Students should make all efforts to take AP tests on the College Board scheduled day. If students are extremely ill on the day of the test and unable to make it to school, they need to contact Katie Warehime at @email on the morning of the test. A note is required to take a late test, and failure to provide documentation forfeits your right to take a late exam; there are no exceptions.
What if I get caught in traffic and run late on the day of the test? Unfortunately, once the test has started, students will not be admitted. Plan ahead and plan to be early for the test so this is a non-issue. A late test cannot be given for this situation.
What am I allowed to bring with me to the test? In general, make sure you have several #2 pencils (not mechanical), an eraser, and a blue or black pen. As temperature can vary, please dress in layers to keep you comfortable during the exam. Check with your AP teacher for suggested items you might need such as a calculator in math and science classes. Specific exam information for each course, such as calculators you might be allowed to have, can be found here: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/exam-policies/exam-day-policies
Can I have my cell phone with me on the day of my test? No. Leave your cell phone. You will not be able to use it and it might result in an irregularity on test day; this could include your score being invalidated.
What else should I leave at home or in my locker? Students should not have any of the following with them on test day:
- Electronic devices – iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones
- Extra materials – books, compasses, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, colored pencils, pencil cases
- Tissue boxes
- Rulers and straightedges (this will be provided on the AP Physics exam)
- Scratch paper
- Watches that beep or have an alarm
- Portable listening devices or recording devices (even with headphones and even if you’re done with a section early)
- Food or drink (including water bottles)
- Computers – if you use a word processor as an accommodation, it will be provided by the school. You may not bring your own
- Calculators (unless taking AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics C-Mech, Physics C-E&M, or Statistics). Visit the most current list of AP-approved calculators on the College Board student site.
- Clothing with subject-related information