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gniczewicz@scusd.net

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5/27/2021 Score Reporting

June 20 is the deadline  to indicate the recipient of your free score report through My AP.

Students may indicate one college, university, or scholarship program to receive a free copy of their AP score report. To do this, students must:

1.

Sign in to My AP.

2.

Go to My AP Profile.

3.

Click the Score Send tab.

4.

Enter the college, university, or scholarship program, select it, and click Save.

Students can request a score report be sent to additional recipients for a fee. Details about sending additional score reports are in the Scores section on the AP Students website.

5/18/2021 Digital AP Makeup Exams 

The ability to request a makeup digital exam will be available in My AP beginning May 18   (the first day that digital exams begin to be administered).

You may submit a request for a makeup digital exam if:

  • An issue occurred during your digital exam that impacted your ability to test.
  • An unexpected situation prevented you from being able to take your digital exam on the scheduled exam date.
  • You didn’t start check in before the official start time for the exam and were therefore unable to test.
  • Your exam responses were unable to successfully submit to the AP Program after repeated attempts to submit.

Deadline: If you want to request a makeup digital exam, you must do so through My AP as soon as you know you need a makeup digital exam. Requests must be submitted no later than 7 calendar days before the makeup digital exam you want to take.

Note the following:

  • Important: All makeup digital exam requests that are approved as of the deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET 7 calendar days before a scheduled digital exam date will be processed. Requests that are pending as of this deadline will be automatically approved and processed.
    • Once makeup exam requests are approved and processed, your previous exam won’t be scored, even if you don’t ultimately sit for the makeup exam.
  • If you know in advance that you won’t be able to test on their scheduled exam date, don’t submit a makeup request through My AP. Instead talk to your AP coordinator about whether a later exam date is available.
  • Digital makeup exam requests are subject to review by your AP coordinator.
  • Makeup digital exam requests can only be submitted if you were registered for a digital exam. If you want to know about makeup exam options for a paper AP Exam or an AP Chinese or AP Japanese Exam, talk your AP coordinator to find out what options might be available.

How to submit a makeup digital exam request

  • Sign in to My AP
  • Click Place Request under Request Makeup for the appropriate course
  • Click Request a Makeup from the pop-up window

    STUDENT View  My AP homepage with the Request Makeup Place Request text visible for a course
    A note will indicate the makeup request has been received.

    STUDENT View  My AP  Request Makeup Makeup request Received status shown for a subject
5/10/2021 AP AT Home Testing Information

Reminders:

  • AP Digital Testing is expected to be done at-home 

    • There is no space on the Wilcox campus for digital testing

  • If you no longer wish to take an AP Exam please email me (gniczewicz@scusd.net

  • You can view your test registrations, the dates, and start times of your exams by logging in to myap.collegeboard.org

Ensuring you are ready for your at home digital exams:

Step 1:

If you are using your own device:

Students must download and install the digital testing application on an approved device they'll use on exam day. (I am unable to support you with this)

 

If you are testing on a school issued ChromeBook (Recommended):

The AP Testing 2021 app is already on your SCUSD ChromeBook. 

You can double check that you have the AP testing app by signing out of your ChromeBook and viewing the “Apps” section in the lower left corner of the sign-in screen. (If you are struggling with this feel free to call me for support 408.423.2402)

 

Step 2:

Practicing with example questions in the digital testing app is the best way to prepare for digital exams. Digital practice also confirms that students' testing computers work as expected before exam day.


 

Step 3:

For each digital AP Exam students take, they must complete the exam setup step in the digital testing app. This step loads the exam onto the computer they're going to test with. Completing this step is required 1–3 days before each exam. Without taking this step for each exam, students won't be able to test. Here's an exam setup overview.

 

Step 4:

Students are required to check in to each of their digital exams 30 minutes before the start time to complete final pre-exam checks. Please note that exam start times listed on myap.collegeboard.org are in Eastern time (3 hours ahead of us). Students can only check in on the device they used to complete exam setup.

 

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Students should review the AP Exam Terms and Conditions before they test.


You can refer to the AP Digital Testing Guide and The College Board website for the latest information about digital AP Exams.

4/19/2021 AP Daily Live Review

AP daily live review is a great way to get extra support for your upcoming exams. Please use and share this resource:

 

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap-2021/updates/ap-daily-live-review?SFMC_cid=EM483367-&rid=29344030

3/26/2021 Sending scores for NMSQT qualification

 

 

Charger Students:

 

I called the NMSQT and inquired about sending results to them from our recent School Day SAT. If you are interested in sending your SAT score to the NMSQT here are the steps they say to take:

 

  1. Log in to your College Board account

  2. Choose to send your score to the NMSC (Code 0085)

 

The NMSQT organization can answer any further questions you may have.

 

+1 (847) 866-5100

3/16/2021 Questions from the AP Q+A Session

 

Questions Answers
Is Wilcox administering the administration 2 in-person exams? this includes calc, chem, etc.. No. Wilcox will only offer in person testing during administration 1.
Will the Administration 2 in person window be made available? How will we show our work for math/science tests online? Will online tests be completely open note? See above.
1. On the online test can we flip between the multiple choice questions or do we have to answer them in order?
2. Will we be taking the in paper exams in classrooms or the gyms. If classrooms, how many students will be in each one?
1. No you cannot go back and forth in the digital exam 2. It depends on the number of students that sign up.
When will we be asked to pay for the AP exam? SCUSD students do not have to pay for the exam
Last week, I received your email which informed us that we are automatically signed up for the second date for AP exams ( last 2 weeks of May). However, when I checked my AP, all of them were still scheduled for the earlier date. I plan to take half of my tests during the first date and the other half online, so please let me know.
Thank you,
The final order is due 3/12. Test sessions will be adjusted after the 12th.
Will AP spanish be offered digitally or will it only be in-person? World Languages and Music Theory must be taken in person
Will students get points or credit for showing work on the AP Calculus and AP Chemistry exams? Information on specific exams can be found at this link
Are the online tests going to be full tests or shortened? All exams will be "full" exams.
If we opt in for in person testing, and we are taking multiple AP courses, would we be opted in for all of those courses or can we specify which tests we want to be in person or digital? You can pick and choose which exams you want to take in person.
If we were to take the tests online during the 3rd block, and there are any technical problems (on either our side or college board's like last year), will there be any make up dates? Or do we just have to deal with it There will be make ups after Admin 3 according to the CollegeBoard FAQ: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap-2021/updates/faq
3/5/2021 AP Exam Info Email to students

 

 

Charger Community,

As you may know, the College Board has put forth an AP testing schedule unlike anything we have seen before. I have worked with my counterpart at SCHS and the Director of Secondary Education at the District Office to thoroughly evaluate all the options available and their feasibility. The plan we have come up with was emailed to all students today. You can view the email at the link above.

-Niczewicz

3/1/2021 SAT Update Email

March SAT Takers,

An email update was sent to all the students who are registered to take the March 24th SAT on campus at Wilcox. The email was sent to the students' school email accounts (ex. s123456@scusd.net). If you did not receive this email please reach out to me immediately. gniczewicz@scusd.net 

1/19/2021 An Update on SAT from Principal Gonzalez

Charger Community Update 1/15/21
 

Dear Charger Community, 

 

Happy New Year and welcome to the spring semester. I hope you had a nice holiday break and were able to stay safe and well. Although we all needed a little break, it was clear as I visited classes over these last two weeks that students and teachers were excited to see each other back in the distance learning classroom. Our county continues to be in the purple tier, which makes it difficult to predict exactly when we can all be back together on campus again. In the meantime, we will continue to plan for our reopening so that we will be ready to go when the time comes that we can safely bring students back onto our camps. We recognize that our students are not only suffering academically, but also socially. We are exploring and planning extracurricular activities that can be safely done on campus when the time comes that we are able to host them. 

 

We have a few updates for you this week from various school departments and programs, including information about the SAT. Please take a few minutes to read through our latest Charger Updates to learn more.

 

Wishing you a healthy and safe weekend and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, 2021.  

 

#chargerstrong #chargersafe

 

Sincerely, 

 

Kristin Gonzalez

Principal



Charger Community Update 1/15/21

Actualización para la comunidad de Chargers 1/15/21

1/4/2021 No JAN PSAT

 

An Update from the SCUSD District Office:

We will not be hosting the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021 in SCUSD.

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In light of this news I would like to reemphasize this previous post:

9/25/2020 NMSQT INFORMATIONAL UPDATE

Students Who Are Unable to Take the PSAT/NMSQT

 

A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2020 or January 2021 because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (including school closures), but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting scores from an administration of the SAT.  The student or a school official must visit www.nationalmerit.org/resources after the missed PSAT/NMSQT administration to download information about procedures for Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  To be considered, a student must complete certain requirements before April 1, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT.  Students who are uncertain about whether they will take the January PSAT/NMSQT are welcome to download and complete Alternate Entry requirements beginning in late October; however, NMSC will not consider a student’s SAT scores for entry to the program if it receives an official PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score from College Board.

NOTE: The procedure described above for requesting Alternate Entry differs from information that is published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.  For the 2022 competition only, students and school officials will be able to download Alternate Entry instructions from NMSC’s website instead of submitting an individual written request to NMSC for approval.

 

12/18/2020 AP Testing Update

 

 

An update from the College Board:

 

We recognize the strain the coronavirus pandemic has placed on AP® teachers and students this year. Maintaining the traditional scope of AP Exams was a challenging decision, so it's important to share some of the factors we considered:

 

 

While colleges and universities were willing to accept abbreviated exams last year, this year they expect exam scores to reflect the full scope of AP coursework.

 

Some professors are streamlining their own courses, but each in their own way, so there is no consensus among colleges on AP content that could be cut without jeopardizing college credit. (Note: The sole exception is AP Physics 1. Colleges agree that Units 8–10 can be removed from AP Physics 1 since they're covered in AP Physics 2; accordingly, Units 8–10 will no longer be tested in AP Physics 1, effective this year.)

 

AP teachers often teach content in different sequences, making particular content cuts unfair to some.

 

When we surveyed AP teachers, the majority urged us to stick with the full exam—to preserve credit opportunities and ensure that students who use AP to skip an introductory college course are prepared to succeed in the next-level course.

2021 AP Exams will cover the full scope of course content and skills.

 

 

Live online review sessions are available from April 19–30.

 

An updated testing schedule with two contingency testing dates for each subject—one in the second half of May and one in the first half of June—will support schools that want more instructional time before testing. Exams on the contingency dates will also be full length, covering the full scope of course content.

 

Full-length digital contingency exams can be taken at home, if authorized by the AP coordinator, in the event that a school is closed or coronavirus-related risks prevent a student from testing at a school.

Please know we honor and respect choices you may make to focus on fewer topics in a difficult year. The skills students develop in your course are often more valuable than how much content they get through, and students who cover fewer topics in greater depth may be better positioned to earn a qualifying AP score than students who cover more topics in less depth.

More Information in February

The exam schedule and information about the contingency testing options will be posted to AP Central® in early February, and announced via email to AP teachers, AP coordinators, and administrators.

We wish you a restful winter break.

Sincerely,

Advanced Placement Program

 

11/9/2020 Email to all Wilcox students

Charger Students,

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I am Vice Principal Niczewicz (Nih-chev-yitch) and one of my roles at Wilcox is coordinating the programs offered by the College Board. The College Board offers PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and the AP Program. Many Charger families have questions regarding the aforementioned programs, and most of these questions can be answered by visiting the School Loop Page dedicated to the College Board. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

-Niczewicz

gniczewicz@scusd.net

408.423.2402 - Office 

 

Here are some common questions I have received:

AP:

 

Q: Do AP exams cost money for students this year (2020-2021)?

A: No, there is no charge to the students. 

 

Q: How do I know if I am signed up for taking an exam in May?

A: The only way to order an exam is to be signed up on myap.collegeboard.org 

-If you have not input a 6 digit code provided by your teacher, you will not have an exam ordered for you.

 

Q: I am taking AP Gov, do I need to sign up for the exam now?

A: No, for the semester long AP courses you will sign up with your teacher in January. 

 

PSAT/NMSQT:

 

Q: Will there be a make up for the missed PSAT?

A: The School District will attempt to offer the exam on January 26th assuming it is safe to do so. I currently do not have any more information than that.

 

SAT:

 

Q: Will Wilcox offer the SAT in March?

A: Wilcox plans to offer the SAT in March to all 11th grade students. If this plan changes we will notify the affected students.

 

For all Exams:

If you have an active IEP or 504 plan and require accommodations on any of the College Board exams please reach out to me as soon as possible, as there are deadlines in December.

Video From Open House Live AP Panel 11/4/2020
11/3/2020 Extended Deadline information (Art and CSP)

Information from the College Board:

 

We've extended the deadline for final digital submission of AP® Art and Design portfolios and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP), AP Seminar, and AP Research performance tasks to Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET, to support students and teachers impacted by delayed school start dates.

Please encourage students to submit their materials before May 20, since it's likely there will be a higher volume of simultaneous submissions as the deadline approaches. We recommend that teachers set interim deadlines with their students to prepare the final upload. No additional extensions will be granted.

Subject-Specific Information

AP Art and Design: AP coordinators must submit student portfolios online by the extended deadline. There will be no physical portfolios this school year.

AP CSP: Teachers must report plagiarism in the AP Digital Portfolio by the extended deadline.

10/13/2020 An update from the SCUSD district office

Our contract [with the College Board] now reflects the new date of January 26, 2021 for a live, in-person PSAT/NMSQT.  Obviously this is subject to change based on public health guidelines, and capacity restrictions.  Our number one priority will always be the health and safety of our staff and students, therefore, we will be monitoring the situation as we get closer and making a decision on whether or not we can conduct the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021. 

10/7/2020

New AP Daily Videos for Students

AP Daily videos will be available in AP Classroom for every topic and skill in every unit. Units 1 and 2 are currently in AP Classroom, and the full release schedule is available now for all future units. These videos can be used in person, online, and in blended learning environments. Students can watch them on their own or be assigned by their teachers. The videos are available to students who are enrolled in class sections or exam only sections. Learn more.

AP Art and Design Updates

In 2020-21, students will submit their work entirely online through the AP Art and Design digital submission web application. There will be no physical portfolios for AP Art and Design this year. Learn more about the AP Art and Design portfolio requirements.

9/25/2020 NMSQT Informational Update

Students Who Are Unable to Take the PSAT/NMSQT

 

A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2020 or January 2021 because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (including school closures), but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting scores from an administration of the SAT.  The student or a school official must visit www.nationalmerit.org/resources after the missed PSAT/NMSQT administration to download information about procedures for Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  To be considered, a student must complete certain requirements before April 1, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT.  Students who are uncertain about whether they will take the January PSAT/NMSQT are welcome to download and complete Alternate Entry requirements beginning in late October; however, NMSC will not consider a student’s SAT scores for entry to the program if it receives an official PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score from College Board.

NOTE: The procedure described above for requesting Alternate Entry differs from information that is published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.  For the 2022 competition only, students and school officials will be able to download Alternate Entry instructions from NMSC’s website instead of submitting an individual written request to NMSC for approval.

Additional Information

For more details about entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, please refer to the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide or visit www.nationalmerit.org.

Update 9/2/2020

AP Policies and Procedures Will Be Provided to Students Online

This year, information about the policies and procedures for taking AP Exams will be provided to students in the 2021 AP Exam Terms and Conditions, which will be available online later this fall. We’ll notify students and schools when the Terms and Conditions is available.

Schools won’t receive printed copies of the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. Don’t worry if you already completed setup in AP Registration and Ordering and indicated the number of bulletins. All information for students will be provided online this year.

For general information about AP, students can go to apstudents.org.

New AP Daily Videos for Students

Starting on September 1, new AP Daily videos are available in AP Classroom for every topic and skill in every unit. These videos can be used in person, online, and in blended learning environments. Students can watch them on their own or be assigned by their teachers. Learn more.

AP Chinese and Japanese Exam Updates

In 2021, AP Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture Exams will be administered on a new online platform that can be accessed on PCs, Macs, or Chromebooks. CDs will no longer be used for these exams. Details will be provided later in the fall. There are no changes to the way these exams are ordered—include exam orders for these subjects in your school's order by November 13.

8/28/2020 NO PSAT THIS OCTOBER

In Santa Clara Unified School District our number one objective is to ensure student and staff safety, especially during this pandemic.  Therefore, we have made the decision to forgo conducting the PSAT/NMSQT in fall 2020.  College Board has not developed an online version of the PSAT/NMSQT, and it is only offered for in-person testing on October 14 and 29, 2020.  Considering this information, in conjunction with county and state safety protocols during the pandemic, the only decision was to ensure the safety of our community stakeholders and forgo the test for this year.

Instructions on how to set up your myap.collegeboard.com accounts for the 2020-2021 school year.

A Brief Update on Upcoming Exam Administrations

 

 

PSAT:

At the moment College Board is stating the PSAT must be proctored in person. Because we (Wilcox) cannot do this we currently do not have a way to offer the current form of the PSAT.  We have ordered the PSAT  for October 29th and hope College Board offers a version of the exam that would be compatible with our current guidelines.

SAT:

Wilcox hopes to offer the SAT to all 11th grade students during a school day administration in early March 2021.

AP:

Wilcox does plan to host AP testing in May. Please sign up with the codes provided by your AP instructors. Wilcox will place the order for AP exams on November 7th. No new orders for AP exams will be added after November 7th.

7/31/2020

Incomplete AP Exams

Some students didn’t complete the exam—i.e., they started the exam but didn't submit one or all of their responses. If these students want to take a makeup, we're offering a final opportunity to test from August 24–31. Here's some important testing information:

The exam schedule is available on our website.

Only students with incomplete exams will be eligible to test.

We understand that this timing may overlap with classes at some schools, and we encourage schools to support student exam-taking.

There are no further 2020 exam opportunities, regardless of circumstance.

We've notified eligible students by email this week. Eligible students are listed below.

Those students will automatically receive an e-ticket two days before their exam. 

7/27/2020

Unused/Canceled Exam Fee Waived This Year(2020-2021): Given this year's unusual circumstances, in 2020-21 we'll waive the $40 per exam unused or cancellation fee for any student who decides not to test. All students taking full-year and first-semester AP courses should register for their AP Exams in the fall. If they need to change their decision later, they'll be able to do so without financial impact.

6/11/2020 Use Your Free Score Send Before the Deadline

2020 AP Exam Takers:

Use Your Free Score Send

Start Here

Every year that you take AP Exams, you can send one score report for free to the college, university, or scholarship organization of your choice. Score reports include both this year's and past AP Exam scores.

If you’re heading to college in the fall, using your free score send is the best way to make sure your college gets your scores in time to award you credit and/or placement. And if you’re a high school junior, sophomore, or freshman, using your free score send can help you stand out to the college you send your scores to—it shows the college your early interest.

Instructions:

Sign in to My AP.

Sign in to My AP using your College Board account username and password.

Select My AP Profile.

Select the link for My AP Profile.

Select the Score Send tab.

Click on the tab that says Score Send.

Find the college or university you want to receive your scores.

Start typing in the name of your college or university. When it appears on the list, select it and hit Save.

6/3/2020 Exception Testing Information

Student Request Form for Exception Testing

If a student is unable to complete an exam during this week's makeup testing window, they can submit a request form to test during the final exception testing window. Requests can be submitted using the form until June 7, 6 p.m. ETLearn more about the policies for exception testing and the testing schedule.

AP Scholars,

Below are some new important dates from the College Board. Please review them thoroughly and completely. If you have any questions please reach out to me.

-Mr. Niczewicz

May 26

May 26, 08:59 p.m. PT, is the deadline for AP Computer Science Principles students to submit their performance tasks through the AP Digital Portfolio, and for AP Art and Design students to submit their digital portfolios via the digital submission web application.

May 28

AP students who requested a makeup exam will be notified via email on May 28.

Two Days Prior to Each Makeup Exam

AP students who've been scheduled for a makeup exam will automatically receive an email containing their unique makeup exam e-ticket two days prior to each of their exams. 

Email to All Staff and AP Students 5/22/2020

Charger Community, Students, and Staff,

The “regularly” scheduled AP exam administration has ended. Congratulations to the 645 AP scholars who took 1,445 exams, and a big thank you to the counseling staff for their support of the administration of the exams. 

I recognize the exam administration was not without obstacles. Many students during the first week reported issues submitting their exams and several students during the second week had issues getting their exams started. Considering the circumstances, I am still incredibly proud of what the students were able to complete. If you did experience an issue please fill out this google form for my records, and if you have not done so yet please request a makeup exam from the College Board. Notification of makeup exam approval goes out on May 25th.

If you know of any misconduct, such as cheating, that took place please report it to the College Board at this link.

I wish all of you a happy, safe, and fun summer. To the Seniors, I will miss you dearly and to the rest of the students, I look forward to supporting you with AP exams next year. 

If you require any support with a make up exam please do not hesitate to reach out.

408.423.2402

gniczewicz@scusd.net

Best Wishes,

George Niczewicz

5/17/2020 Email to all ap students and teachers

AP Teachers and Students,

Below is new information from the College Board that gives an update on testing, submission issues, and make up exams. Of note, information that there is now an option to email your exam in should the standard form of submission fail. The email option unfortunately does not apply retroactively nor will it work on the World Language Exams.

-Niczewicz

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Dear Colleague,

Today we reached the midway point of the two-week primary administration. We couldn't be more proud of the hundreds of thousands of students who showed up for the opportunity to claim the college credit they worked for all year, despite widespread school closures.

Students have taken nearly 2.2 million AP® Exams, across 15 courses. After the first week of testing, our data show the vast majority of students successfully completed their exams.

However, some students have encountered challenges submitting their responses, and we've been listening closely to each student, parent, or educator who reports a problem. Beginning Monday, May 18, we're changing processes to address some of these concerns.

To help support your students during testing, please share the information below with them.

Submitting Exam Responses

We share the deep disappointment of students who were unable to submit responses.

Beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams.

This option will only be available for students who were not able to submit in the standard process—and they must then email their responses immediately following their exam.

These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, "We Did Not Receive Your Response." The email address that appears on this page will be unique to each student.

Any student testing between May 18–22 who can't successfully upload their response through the exam platform or send it to us by email, will need to request a makeup exam.

To protect the security and validity of exams, we're unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11–15. However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.

Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.

Setting Up Your Students for Success

Given the wide variety of devices, browsers, and connectivity solutions students have access to, we're unable to prevent every possible local error from occurring during the exam. In advance of the administration, we created a testing guideExam demo, and test day checklist to help students avoid potential issues. It's important that students review this information and know to:

Locate their e-ticket, which is emailed two days before each exam

Use a recommended browser, update it to the latest version, and disable plugins

Keep an eye on the time and begin their submission at the 5-minute mark

Additional tips to help your students succeed are available here.

Students taking World Language and Culture exams, which begin on Monday, May 18, must:

Download the free AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA)

Set their device to “Do Not Disturb”

Check to ensure they have enough storage on their device

World Language students should also watch the exam walk-through video, and check our website for more guidance.

Thank you for all you continue to do to support your students during this challenging time.

With gratitude,

Advanced Placement Program

5/15/2020 Email to all AP students

AP Scholars,

Congratulations on finishing your first week of online AP testing. For a majority of you, I know things went well, but I am keenly aware that there were also many students that struggled. It deeply saddens me that some of you were not able to complete your exams, as I know that you have studied hard and prepared for many months in preparation for these exams.

If you have experienced an issue, please fill out this google form to help me track them, even if you have emailed your teacher, me (Mr. Niczewicz), or have already submitted a request for a make-up exam to the College Board.

At this link is an image from the College Board with instructions on how to change your iPhone photo file extension, which may help with submitting handwritten exams.

A few final reminders:

Once exams have begun you are not allowed to be in contact with anyone else until the exam is submitted (No GChat, Discord, iMessage, etc.). The College Board will not hesitate to cancel your scores if they believe you are attempting to gain an unfair advantage on these exams.

Please practice with the 2020 AP Exam Demo. Submitting work has proven to be a challenge in every AP exam so far.

World Language students need to download the required app for AP testing to a smartphone or a tablet ahead of time. Students should also practice with the app to ensure they are familiar with it prior to the start of their exams. To download the app, you need to have access to the Apple® App Store or Google Play™ store.

To those of you who have completed your AP testing, congratulations and to those with one or more exams remaining I wish you the best of luck. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything you believe I can assist you with.

Mr. Niczewicz

408.423.2402

gniczewicz@scusd.net

 

 

5/12/2020 Troubleshooting (Updated at 2:35)

AP Scholars,

I have heard that some of you have encountered technical issues during your exams. The most common issue so far seems to be not knowing whether a submission has actually gone through or not. The College Board stated that submissions will continue in the background while you are working on the next portion of your exam for 2 question exams. I know that information does not necessarily bring peace of mind. Unfortunately, neither Wilcox or the College Board support personnel have a way of checking if you have submitted an exam successfully. I am truly sorry to hear of your concerns and wish we could be more helpful. You can review the College Board's troubleshooting page here. If you have any doubt that you submitted successfully it is recommended that you submit a request for a makeup exam by filling out this form. Notification on whether your request for a makeup exam was approved or not will go out on May 25th.

-Mr. Niczewicz

5/8/2020 Livestream

-AP Q and A

-Practice Exam

-Required and Recommended Resources

-Accommodations ( IEP and 504)

5/7/2020 Email to all AP students

AP Scholars,

The final countdown for AP testing is on. Please review the information below from the College Board. On Friday, May 8th, I will be hosting my final livestream at 11am. During the stream I will answer any questions that you submit to this google form, review the practice AP exam, and go into a deeper look at the required and recommended resource list.  

-Niczewicz

Now

Share the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) and watch the overview video. The comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year's exams.

Encourage your students to practice with the exam demoYou and your students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.

Share the required and recommended resource list with your students. Make sure your students know what resources they can use during their exams and how they can access them.

Two Days Before Each Exam

Confirm that registered students have located their e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn't received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn't be shared with anyone. Students who haven't been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information.

Remind your students to complete the AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam they're taking. Students should complete this checklist and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing. Completing the checklist will help students feel confident they're set up for success.

On Exam Day

Remind students to click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject's exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.

Ensure your students know what to do if something goes wrong. If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they've lost too much time due to a technical problem, can't connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.

Additional Information

This week, Online AP Classes and Review Sessions will focus on the exam day experience and review new sample questions for all nonportfolio courses. These sample questions are available on each subject's course page.

If you have additional questions, please check our in-depth FAQ page for educators. We have developed, and are regularly updating, this comprehensive list of answers to questions we're hearing from students and educators. Other resources are available on cb.org/ap2020.

During this unprecedented time, we're grateful for your continued support and commitment to your students' success.

Sincerely,

Advanced Placement Program

5/5/2020 WOrld Language Presentation 

5/5/2020 Email to World Language Students

AP World Language Scholars,

Please review the information below that was sent out by the College Board today. The slide show is of utmost importance for your review.

-Niczewicz

New resources are now available to help you get ready for this year's AP® Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture exams.

 

New World Languages Walk-Through Video: Share this video with your students and see how the world language exams will work this year.

 

2020 AP Exam Day Updates for World Language and Culture Teachers: Trevor Packer, head of the AP Program, and members of the AP team guide teachers through the AP world languages test day experience in this on-demand webinar. We encourage you to download the presentation (.pdf/8.58 MB) and share it with your students.

 

Sample Questions: Sample exam task directions and prompts are now available on each course's specific exam information page for you to review exam content with your students.

Available Next Week: AP World Languages Exam App

Your students will need to use a new app—the AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA)—for this year's exam. The app is free and will be available to download to a smartphone or tablet the week of May 11. We'll email you when the app is available and suggest that you also download and use it in practice mode so you can help your students prepare. All content in practice mode will be in English.

To download the app, you and your students need to have access to the Apple® App Store or Google Play™ store.

If students aren't sure whether their devices can run the app, they can go to apstudents.org/devicesurveyWL. Students without a device to use for the AP World Language and Culture Exams can still complete a survey at that link by Wednesday, May 6, to join the waitlist for a device for the June makeup testing window.

Visit our site for more information.

Sincerely,

Advanced Placement Program

5/4/2020 Below is a replay of the 5/1/2020 Wilcox livestream. The stream addressed student and parent questions, the exam day checklist, and the 2020 testing guide.

4/30/2020 Reminder to View Online Review Sessions

AP Scholars,

Don't forget that College Board has online review sessions for every AP course:

Review Sessions Link

4/28/2020 Letter to AP World Language Students

AP Scholars,

The College Board released information today regarding your upcoming World Language Exam. Please read the information below fully and thoroughly.

 

Information for AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams:

 

The above exams will be administered using a new dedicated app, the AP World Languages Exam App. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We’ll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.

 

A video walk-through of the test-taking experience will be available the week of May 4.

 

Details on accommodations for the above exams are also now available.

 

If your students are unsure about accessing the app, or if they don’t have a device, they can fill out this survey (or you can complete it on their behalf) as soon as possible so we can help support them (applicable to U.S. and U.S. territories).

4/28/2020 Letter to All AP Students

AP Scholars,

Today, The College Board released the Exam Day Checklist and the 2020 AP Testing Guide. On Friday, May 1st at 11:30am, I will review these documents on a live stream that you are encouraged to attend. The College Board is expected to release additional testing information on 4/30 and 5/1, which I will also share on the stream. If you have any additional questions, please submit them to this form, and I will answer them during the stream.

-Mr. Niczewicz