Changes to the AP Exam

  • Hey AP chem people, as you might have guessed, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted schools and AP testing alike. The college board released the following information on what will be changed about the AP exam. To read the full information, click the link below:

    College Board: AP Updates for schools impacted by coronavirus

    Key Resources

    • About the 2020 AP Exams playlist from college board--goes over similar information to my Monday zoom session 
    • Exam Testing Guide--document from the college board I went over at office hours yesterday. 
    • Exam Demo--generic practice exam to try submitting work in different forms, get familiar with the website you will be using 
    • Exam Day Documents--scroll down to the "chemistry" section to get your periodic table and equation sheets. These are the same as your green sheet, you can use that if you haven't lost it. 
    • Keyboarding Guide--how to type out chemistry on a computer, should you choose to type your answers (not recommended). 
    • Tips for Open Note Exams--tips from college board about how to successfully take open note exams. 

    Tips from Mrs. Richardson 

    • The test will be too long to finish.  Don't worry if you don't complete every part of every question, only focus on the parts you understand and think you can earn points on. 
    • Stop writing when the time gets to 5 minutes. I know the temptation to keep working is strong, but stop and submit your answers. If you fail to submit answers on time, there is no going back--that's it, and you've failed. 
    • Do the practice exam demo. Try it multiple times. Figure out which way works best for you. I recommend handwriting your answers.
    • Figure out what format your phone takes pictures in. I've heard iPhones use .HEIC, which is not an acceptable format. Double check before the exam starts. 
    • Don't waste time doing google searches/searching all your notes. It is allowed and you won't get in trouble, but you will probably run out of time! 
    • Don't collaborate with others. It's really not worth it. Remember, the risk is that every college you apply to is notified that you attempted to cheat on an AP exam, and your scores are cancelled. 

    AP exam information graphic


    • There still will be an AP exam, but it will be different than usual
      • The test is on Thursday, May 14th at 11 am 
      • There is a make up test on Tuesday, June 2nd at 1 pm--this is only for emergencies. Everyone should be taking the original test on 5/14 if possible. 
      • It will be 45 minutes long
      • It will be only free response; there will be a 25 minute question and a 15 minute quesiton, with 5 additional minutes to upload/submit each answer. 
      • You will be able to take it at school or at home with any electronic device 
      • You may hand-write your answers, then take a picture and upload OR type answers directly into the prompts. 
    • The exam will be shortened to cover only the first part of the curriculum
      • The test will cover only units 1-7. This includes: 
        • Atomic structure and properties
        • Molecules and Compounds 
        • Intermolecular Forces
        • Gases
        • Chemical Reactions & Stoichiometry
        • Titration calculations 
        • Kinetics
        • Thermodynamics
        • Equilibrium 
        • Solubility equilibrium 
      • Units 8-9 will not be on the test. This includes: 
        • Acids and Bases
        • Buffers and Titration theory 
        • Gibbs Free Energy
        • Entropy 
        • Electrochemistry 
    • If you have decided that this is too stressful, you may cancel your test and recieve a full refund. If you choose to this I totally understand--this is a crazy time. However, college board encourages you to wait until closer to the exam date to cancel. You may find you feel more prepared than you expected! 
    • College board will be releasing extra resources to help us prepare for the exam. 

    A note about cheating...

    It is my expectation (and the college board's expectation) that you take this exam individually, without the help of other students, siblings, parents, etc. You WILL be able to use notes, your textbook, and google. There are a number of ways the college board will be preventing cheating, but I wanted to share one specific thing--I will be getting a copy of all of your results. I know you guys. I know your handwriting, I know how you write, and I know what level you are at. And if you think I won't report you to the college board for cheating, you don't know me very well. 

    Consequences: If you are caught cheating or communicating with other students during a test, college board will notify every single college you apply to, or that you apply to in the future. Think long and hard--is it worth it? 

    Extra Resources

    I know some of you are still committed to taking the AP exam—and you are going to nail it! We don’t have as much in class time to practice and review, but many sources are offering free review resources to help. Here is a list of some of the resources:

    McGraw-Hill 5 Steps to a 5 Online Review Course: offered for free! Click the link to get the details.

    College Board’s AP Chemistry Review Videos: the linked playlist has review videos put out by the college board on each of the tested topics (plus a few more). Remember, nothing from units 8 and 9 will be tested.

    Adrian Dingle’s Free Chemistry Tutorials: Adrian Dingle is making live zoom sessions to review essential AP standards. You can also watch the recordings of past sessions if you don’t catch them live.

    Michael Farabaugh’s AP Chemistry Videos: Michael Farabaugh has made practice quizzes for textbook chapters (they should match our textbook), then made videos going over the solutions. You can download the practice quiz, take it, then watch the video to check and review your answers.