Digital AP Exam Accommodations Details

This table is an overview of common accommodations and how they’ll work on this year’s digital AP Exams. Your digital AP Exam will be enabled with the appropriate accommodations based on what you’ve been approved for by College Board SSD. For instance, if you’re approved for breaks as needed, your digital AP Exam will have a pause feature; if you’re approved for extended time, your digital AP Exam will have the appropriate timing enabled.

If you have any questions about how your accommodations will work, talk to your school’s SSD coordinator and AP coordinator.

Approved Accommodation

2021 Digital AP Exam Details

Extended Time

Extended Time

Students with approval for time and one-half (+50%), double time (+100%), or more than double time extended time will receive an exam format enabled with the approved amount of extended time for the applicable subject. Your AP coordinator can tell you how long your exam will be with extended time. Note for digital exams:

  • Students will receive their approved amount of extended time for the whole digital exam for applicable subjects.
  • Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism digital exams (available during Administration 3) have multiple-choice questions only. Therefore, writing extended time does not apply to these exams.
  • If you’re approved for extended time and finish Section I of your exam early, you’ll still need to wait for Section II to begin automatically after the standard 20-minute break between sections. Because timing is controlled by the digital testing application, you can’t begin Section II early.

Extended time is applied only on the AP Exam subjects that correspond to the type of extended time a student is approved for:

  • Math extended time: Applies to AP Biology, Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, and Statistics.
  • Reading extended time: Applies to all subjects.
  • Writing extended time: Applies to all subjects except AP Computer Science Principles (since CSP only has a multiple-choice section) and AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism during Administration 3.
  • Listening/Speaking extended time: Applies only to AP Music Theory, and spoken world languages (these subjects are administered only as paper and pencil exams in 2021).

Students approved for human reader, writer/scribe, or pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming) accommodations receive a digital exam format enabled with time and one-half (+50%) extended time. This applies even if they ultimately test using a screen reader or voice recognition software.

Breaks

Students approved for a break accommodation—breaks as needed, extra breaks, and/or extended breaks—will receive an exam form that allows them to pause to take the break. Review details about how to pause to take a break during the exam.

Braille

Braille Exam Materials

Braille accommodations are supported through both paper and pencil exams (printed braille format, as usual) and digital alternatives on the digital exams (refreshable braille displays, braille writers, screen readers).

Your AP coordinator and SSD coordinator will help you determine the appropriate exam option. Speak with them if you need an option different from what’s listed below. Some additional options may be available if needed.

  •  All subjects are available as printed braille exams during Administration 1.

Braille exams are also available during Administrations 2 and 3 for the following subjects:

  • Administration 2: Calculus (AB/BC), Chemistry, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Latin, Music Theory, Physics (1, 2, C: Mechanics, and C: Electricity and Magnetism), Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, and Statistics.
  • Administration 3: French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Latin, Music Theory, Spanish Language and Culture, and Spanish Literature and Culture.

Digital exams are available during Administration 2 and Administration 3 for all other subjects not listed above.

Students who are approved for a braille accommodation and are taking a digital exam during Administration 2 or 3 will be able to take the exam using a refreshable braille display or screen reader or have assistance from a human reader if needed.

Raised Line Drawings (formerly “braille graphs and figures”)

Students may:

  • Test using the braille paper exam with raised line drawings for the exam during Administration 1 (or a later exam administration, if the subject is available as a paper exam).

OR

  • Test using the digital exam during Administration 2 or Administration 3, using a screen reader.

Note: Raised line drawing supplements are not available for the digital exams.

Braille Writer

For a digital exam, braille writing software should be used.

If a student uses a manual braille writer and/or does not have access to braille writing software, they can test using a paper exam during Administration 1 or a later exam administration if available using the manual braille writer; or test during the digital administration using voice recognition (speech-to-text) software; or they can dictate their responses to a writer/scribe.

Large-Print, Magnification, Color

Large-Print Exam

Large-Print Answer Sheet

Record Answers in Test Book

Magnification Device (electronic/non-electronic)

Students will be able to take the exams using the zoom functionality available through the digital testing application.

If a student uses the zoom function in the digital testing application, the font equivalents are:

  • Level 1 (default): 15 point
  • Level 1.25: 18.75 point
  • Level 1.5: 22.5 point
  • Level 1.75: 26.25 point
  • Level 2.0: 30 point

If larger than 30 point font is required, the SSD coordinator can contact the College Board SSD office.

Color Overlay/Color Contrast

Students can use the color settings available through their operating system and/or computer monitor, or they can use a plastic overlay attached to their computer screen.

Reading and Writing Accommodations

Human Reader

Students approved for a human reader can take a digital exam using the screen reader functionality available through their computer’s operating system (i.e. text-to-speech) or their own screen reader software. If a student must test with a human reader, they’re encouraged to take a paper and pencil exam at school, if possible.

Students approved for a human reader will receive an exam format enabled with time and one-half (+50%) extended time. This extended time will be enabled whether the student ultimately chooses to test with a human reader or using screen reader software.

Talk with your SSD coordinator and AP coordinator if you have questions about digital testing with this accommodation.

See details about using screen readers for a digital exam.

Writer/Scribe

Students may take the digital exam using voice recognition (speech-to-text) software. If a student must test with a human writer/scribe, they’re encouraged to take a paper and pencil exam at school, if possible.

Students approved to test with a writer/scribe will receive an exam format enabled with time and one-half (+50%) extended time. This extended time will be enabled whether the student ultimately chooses to test with a human writer/scribe or using voice recognition software.

Talk with your SSD coordinator and AP coordinator if you have questions about digital testing with this accommodation.

See details about using voice recognition software for a digital exam.

Pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming)

Students approved for pre-recorded audio can take a digital exam using the screen reader functionality available through their computer’s operating system (i.e., text-to-speech) or their own screen reader software; or they can test with a human reader. If a student must test with a human reader, they’re encouraged to take a paper and pencil exam at school, if possible.

Students approved for pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming) will receive an exam format enabled with time and one-half (+50%) extended time. This extended time will be enabled whether the student ultimately chooses to test with a human reader or using screen reader software. 

See details about using screen readers for a digital exam.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Students will be able to take the exams using approved assistive technology software.

If a student is testing at home and doesn't have access to the approved assistive technology, they can have someone at home assist them with reading, capturing responses, and/or navigating the exam.

Review details about assistive technology.

Assistive Technology Compatible (ATC) Test Format

Students approved for an ATC test format may test using the digital exam, or for some subjects using an ATC-format exam.

An ATC-format exam accommodation is supported through the digital exams available during Administration 2 and Administration 3 for these subjects:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Psychology
  • Seminar
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
  • World History: Modern

ATC-format AP Exams are available during  Administration 1 and Administration 2 for these subjects:

  • Calculus (AB/BC)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics (1, 2, C: Mechanics, and C: Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Statistics

Your AP coordinator and SSD coordinator can help you determine the appropriate testing option.

Word Processors, Calculators

Computer Word Processing (for essays only)

Students can either:

  • Test with the digital exam, either in school or at home (if authorized), using a computer following the 2021 digital AP Exam device policies.

OR

  • Per usual procedures, test with the paper exam in school during an available administration using a school-issued computer to type their essay.

Four-Function Calculator

For applicable exams, students will use their own four-function calculator.

Limited Time

Limited Time

Multiple-Day Testing

Digital exam options will be available to support students approved for limited time or multiple day testing over two days.

Audio

Auditory Amplification/FM System

Students can adjust the sound on the computer used for testing.

Temporary Assistance

If you have a temporary medical or physical condition (e.g., a broken hand), you may request temporary assistance if it’s needed to complete the exam. This process should be used only for students who don’t have a disability but who need temporary support to test. If you need temporary assistance, work with your school’s AP coordinator and SSD coordinator to submit a request to College Board. Requests need to be submitted by 14 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date.

Waiving Accommodations for Digital AP Exams

If you determine that you no longer want or need any of your approved accommodations for your digital exam, you can work with your school’s AP coordinator to waive accommodations for digital exams. Your AP coordinator will need to submit any requests for waived accommodations for your digital exams by no later than 7 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date.

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