AP Exam Update 5.22.20

Congratulations to our students who completed their online AP exams these past two weeks! And thank you to our teachers who worked hard to prepare them for the test as well as a new platform, shared a few short weeks ago. 


Unfortunately, new technology in the best of times is not without glitches. We know a few students will need to retake their exams June 1-5. In order to retest, students needed to request a makeup exam within 48 hours of their original exam. If a student completed the request, they will know by May 26 if they have been approved for a makeup exam. They will receive an e-ticket 48 hours prior to the exam (via email and in their MyAP account).

We also know some students were not able to test in May and still plan to test in June. If a student did not take their exam in May, they will automatically be registered for the June makeup exam. No further action is necessary. They will receive an e-ticket 48 hours prior to the exam (via email and in their MyAP account).

Finally, some students have been patiently waiting to request refunds. They may now do so by completing the AP Exam Refund Request Form.

In order to qualify for a refund, one of the following must be true:

  1. Did not test in May or June
  2. Experienced technical difficulties in May, requested a makeup, were APPROVED for the makeup, then did not test in June.
  3. Experienced technical difficulties in May and June

*The College Board will not provide the necessary information to fulfill refunds until early to mid-June. Refunds will be issued once we receive that information and are able to confirm the requests.

Below you will find testing information and tips for students still planning to test in June. At the very end of this update are FAQs and World Language Testing information.


Given the wide variety of devices, browsers, and connectivity solutions students have access to, the College Board is unable to prevent every possible local error from occurring during the exam. In advance of the administration, the College Board created a testing guide, Exam 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 (CHROME), update it to the latest version, and disable plugins

  • Keep an eye on the time and begin submissions at the 5-minute mark

  • World Languages - see end of document for more information


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. You only have 10 minutes to submit and you must submit each response separately.

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.



  1. How do I know if my email submission worked? 
You will receive this message:
"We received your email. We’ll use your emailed response to score your AP Exam if you met all of the following requirements:
  • You sent the email within 10 minutes of the end of your exam.

  • You did not attach an HEIC photo file. All photo files need to have been saved as—not just renamed as—JPEG, JPG, or PNG.

  • You did not send an attachment over 25MB.

  • You used the unique email address we provided you at the end of your exam.

If you did not meet all of these requirements, your emailed response will not be scored.

If you’re not sure if you met all the requirements, the safest thing for you to do is to request a makeup exam. (please note, there is not a make up for the June exam dates)

  1. What if part of my exam seemed to submit ok, but I was given an email address to submit the other part?

If you took a two question exam, you must email BOTH responses in separate emails regardless of if one seemed to submit.

3. What if I was told there was a problem with submission, but was not given an email address to submit my responses and then the “Congratulations! Your Exam is Complete” screen appears.

You successfully submitted your exam! 

  1. What if I did not test and want a refund?

Please complete this AP Exam Refund Request Form

  1. Can I get a refund if I experienced technical difficulties and do not want to take the make-up?

It depends, if you requested and were approved for the makeup exam, but do not take it then yes (we will just need to wait until June to confirm). Otherwise it is a bit more complicated. We are awaiting details.

  1. Can I retest next May?

Based on this year’s policy, the answer is yes. More details will be available during fall registration in October.

  1. What should I do if I survived the AP exam and feel pretty good about it?

Thank your teacher and whoever else helped you get there.

  1. When and how will I receive my scores? 

Check your MyAP College Board account on or after July 15. All scores will be reported there. Seniors, you have until June 20 to send a free score report to the university you are attending. In your account settings, select the “score send” tab, then select your university.


Students get ready for your exam by sharing reviewing these reminders. Students can review detailed step-by-step information and watch the exam walkthrough video.

  1. Download the App: Students need to have the the AP World Languages Exam App installed on the smartphone or tablet they plan to use for their exam. Visit the Download the App sectio.

  2. Practice using the app: Practicing with the app before exam day helps students become comfortable with how it works. Visit the Practice with the App section.

  3. On Exam Day, Make Sure their Device is Ready: Before check-in time, students should make sure their smartphone or tablet:

    • Has at least 25% battery power or is plugged in

    • Has enough available storage space (at least 30 MB)

    • Has an internet connection

    • Is set to “do not disturb” mode, and has notifications disabled. Details about device settings, including device-specific steps for setting do not disturb mode, are on the On Exam Day section.

    • Has other apps closed—this will help conserve device memory

  4. It’s important for students to follow the correct check-in process to access their exam: 30 minutes before their exam start time, students need to use their e-ticket to check in to their exam on the same device they’ve installed the app on. They’ll provide details to confirm their identity and then they’ll be instructed to start the exam, which will launch the exam in the app. We advise students close the app before checking in. They can only access the exam by checking in with their e-ticket and following the directions to start their exam. Details are on the Checking In to Your Exam section.

  5. During the Exam: Details are on the On Exam Day and Taking the Exam sections. In particular, remind students of the following:

    • When they see the screen with the “Start My Exam” button, students need to start their exam promptly. The exam will time out if they delay starting.

    • Students should keep their device in a vertical (portrait) orientation during their whole exam.

    • If students navigate away from the app at any point during the exam, they need to be sure to have the app screen open and visible when it’s time to record. Review the details on the Taking the Exam section.

AP UPDATE MAY 13, 2020

World Language App: Download and test before exam dayAP Update May 13, 2020

Troubleshooting Tips: If students are planning to handwrite any portion of their test, this info is key.

Be sure to test out the exam day demo - if it doesn't work, your exam won't.

Lastly, if all else fails, request a make up.

AP Update May 8, 2020


  • Email confirmation -  If you are having difficulty receiving College Board emails, follow these steps on the "Confirm your email address"
    • If you still aren’t receiving emails from the College Board, do not worry, your E-Ticket (access to the exam) will also be posted to your www.myap.collegeboard.org account (AP Classroom)
  • 2020 Exam Day Checklist - you may print or handwrite key info on it to have out and ready for your exams.

  • Exam Day Resources (if applicable) - You may want to print or have this available in some form on exam day. Please reach out to me if you need a print copy mailed to you. Resource Sheets available for Stats, Calc, Comp Sci, Bio, Chem, Physics. Scoring Rubrics available for US History, Gov, and all World Languages.

  • Timing: NOT 45 minutes, but plan for one and a half hours. You need to start your exam a half hour early to enter all of your information and pass through security screening. All exams are listed in Eastern Daylight Time, which is our time zone. There is also an additional 5 minutes to upload each question (one or two).

  • College Board YouTube Explainer videos: The College Board has provided a series of videos to walk you through all of this. 

  • Online AP Classes and Review Sessions on YouTube: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.

  • A practice exam site will become available on May 4 (stay tuned)

    • Testing this practice exams is critical as it will tell you if your technology is compatible.

  • Expect an email from the College Board on May 4 - if you do not receive it check www.myap.collegeboard.org and/or the College Board Website for important testing information. 

  • World Language students: An app to download will be available beginning May 11. Check College Board website for World Language students.

  • E-Ticket: Expect an  email from the College Board two days prior to your exam date with an E-Ticket which contains information you will need on exam day.
  • AP Exam Prep Zoom hosted by Mrs. Brown (the AP Coordinator): See your course Schoology page for Zoom information.

    • Monday, May 4 at 5pm
    • Thursday, May 7 at 1:30 pm
    • Friday, May 8 at 11 am
    • World Languages: you will have a specific zoom the week of May 11.
  • Exam Cancellation and Refunds: The only way to cancel your exam is by not taking your exam. If you would like a refund, there will be a refund request form on this page after June 5. 

AP Update April 14, 2020

 The College Board continues to update its May 2020 AP testing information. But here is a summary of the most recent and relevant details for Novi students. 
  • Exams will be held May 11-22 in 45 minute sessions - here is the calendar
  • Please note all exams have their own session between noon and four negating the need for late testing. 
  • Late testing is available from June 1-5 only for disruptions to exams - i.e. technology disruptions, illness. If a technology problem occurs during testing, students will have the opportunity to alert the College Board and request a late test.
  • The College Board has shared these tips and resources for online testing. Additionally, they will continue to provide online instruction and simulations to prepare students for at home testing.
  • April 16 at 7 pm, the College Board is hosting a webinar for families about this year’s exams session. Please  register to hear from the head of the Advanced Placement Program, Trevor Packer. 
  • 504/IEP Accommodations: The College Board has assured schools that all accommodations will be provided.
  • If students do not have access to the internet or a device, they can receive either or both from the College Board by filling out this form.
  • The College Board has assured the AP community that colleges and universities will recognize AP credit in the same ways as in the past. 
  • The College Board warned that it has numerous ways to monitor academic honesty, violations will be reported to colleges and universities.
    • Students will be required to perform multiple steps that validate their identity before they can access the exams.
    • Multiple, undisclosed security measures have been developed and will be implemented to detect group work, impersonators, group chats, inappropriate use of the internet, etc.
    • Exam design was developed to ensure that students are answering the questions from their authentic, unique perspective.
    • Teachers will receive the responses for all of their students by May 26th.  Teachers will be directed to contact the College Board if they feel a response is not authentic to the student.

**AP made it abundantly clear that if a student is caught cheating, impersonating, misusing technology, etc., they will contact all schools to which that student sent SAT or AP scores.

What does this mean for Novi students?

  1. Your teachers care about you and your learning and will continue to post Schoology updates and lessons  to keep you on track, not just for testing, but to continue your work on the curriculum they designed for you. Instruction will continue until the end of the school year.
  2. Refunds: Students can cancel their exams at any point without penalty, including not taking the exam on exam day. That said, look for more information from Novi soon about how to request refunds.
  3. Contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org with any questions about AP testing.


Join the College Board on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for a webinar to hear Trevor Parker, the head of the Advanced Placement program, share information about this year’s at-home AP Exams and how to help your child prepare. Register for the webinar. 


AP Students and Families,
As we head into spring break, we are happy that the College Board clarified details around May AP testing by releasing this  information around noon on Friday, April 3.

In summary they stated the following:

  1. Exams will be held May 11-22 in 45 minute sessions - here is the calendar
  2. Please note all exams have their own session between noon and four negating the need for late testing. 
  3. Late testing is available from June 1-5 only for disruptions to exams - i.e. technology disruptions, illness.
  4. The College Board will continue to provide online instruction and simulations to prepare students for at home testing.
  5. The College Board warned that it has numerous ways to monitor academic honesty, violations will be reported to colleges and universities.

What does this mean for Novi students?

  1. Your teachers care about you and your learning and will continue to post Schoology updates and lessons  to keep you on track, not just for testing, but to continue your work on the curriculum they designed for you.
  2. Refunds: Students can cancel their exams at any point without penalty, including not taking the exam on exam day. That said, look for more information from Novi after May 22 to request refunds.
  3. Contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org with any questions about AP testing.


IBO recently updated their COVID-19 update page. The May exams are still cancelled. However, in order to still award scores, certificates and diplomas for IB coursework, all SL, SL2 and HL2 IB students will be required to complete all previously assigned internal assessments and related coursework by Friday, April 3. Teachers will use all completed coursework to assign predicted grades. IB will use predicted grades and now externally scored external assessments to award scores, certificates, and diplomas. What does this mean for Novi students? Look for more detailed communication coming from your IB teachers in terms of course specific deadlines. IBO is still finalizing the details. If you have any questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

U.S. News & World Report What to Know about Coronavirus-related IB changes


AP Students, 

As of Friday, March 20, The College Board stated that they will move all May exams to online only. This statement was made on AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus. The College Board updates this link frequently and is using this space to provide support and resources to students as they prepare remotely for their exams. 

Students will be able to take the exams on anything with internet capability - laptop, iPad, cell phone; even take a picture of their written work and submit electronically. 

At this point we do not officially know the format (although it seems that each exam will be 45 minutes for free response question(s)), the calendar (it will be posted no later than April 3), and how they will support students with accommodations, our goal is to support our students as best we can. 

Hope you are well!

If you have any questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

Advanced Placement

 2019-2020 AP Exam Registration has ended. If you have questions, please contact Alaina.Brown@NoviK12.org

Novi High School is a member of the College Board

We offer the following Advanced Placement courses:
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Economics: Macroeconomics
  • AP Economics: Microeconomics
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Government and Politics: US
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. History


Novi High School, beginning in Fall 2019, decided not to allow students to self-study for AP Exams. This decision was made for several reasons, the most important reason of which is our concern for students' mental wellness. The practical reason is knowledge that AP exams alone do not improve student's acceptance to universities. 

World Languages are the only exception.

If you have financial need, but do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, please fill out this AP Scholarship Application 



 Based on information provided on College Board and IB websites. 

Who can take these classes?

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB): Any student is welcome to take AP or IB classes if they are willing to take on the challenges of college level coursework. Some prerequisites are required for some courses to ensure success in the program.
IB: IB only allows students to begin diploma course work and requirements their junior year. 

When can students begin the program?

AP: College Board recommends the courses for junior and senior year, but students who are academically prepared may begin in their sophomore year.

What is the purpose of the program?

AP:  With AP, students can take college-level course work in high school. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they’ve sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. Resourceful and dedicated AP teachers work with their students to develop and apply the skills, abilities, and content knowledge they’ll need later in college. Each of AP’s 38 courses is modeled upon a comparable college course. College and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards. 
IB: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

How many Courses are  offered at Novi?

AP:  22 courses

IB:  15 courses - Higher Level (HL) courses are 2 years, Standard Level (SL) courses are 1-2 years.

How many courses must students take?

AP: It is up to the student. However, a student may elect to try for the Capstone Diploma by enrolling in four AP courses of their choice, plus AP Seminar and Research. A student must score a three or better in all courses to earn the diploma. 
IB: It is up to the student. However, a student may elect to try for the IB Diploma. If a student scores a minimum of 24 points total in 3-4 HL courses and 2-3 SL courses, plus CAS, TOK, and EE they qualify for the IB Diploma.

How much does it cost?

All fees are paid in October of Testing Year , these numbers are based on the 2019/20  fees

AP: $94 most courses, $142 Capstone courses, Capstone Diploma costs at least $660*

*4 AP classes + Seminar & Research required

IB: $119 per course, IB Diploma (6 courses) costs $714

Do AP/IB classes fulfill graduation requirements?

PE/Health = IB Sports, Exercise, & Health Sciences HL

Biology = AP Biology or IB Biology  HL 

Chemistry = AP Chemistry

Physics =  IB Physics SL

English 11 = AP Language and Composition or IB Literature HL1

English 12 = AP Literature and COmposition or IB Literature HL2

US History = AP US History or IB History of the Americas HL2

Civics = AP US Government

Economics = AP Micro AND Macro Economics

World History = AP European HIstory or IB World SL/HL1


What are the Core beliefs of the program?

AP: In the AP Capstone™ program, students consider and evaluate multiple points of view to develop their own perspectives on complex issues and topics through inquiry and investigation.

AP Capstone gives students the following pedagogical framework (“QUEST”) to develop, practice, and hone their critical and creative thinking skills as they make connections between various issues and their own lives:

  • Question and Explore
  • Understand and Analyze Arguments
  • Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Synthesize Ideas 
  • Team, Transform, and Transmit

*note this framework only applies to Seminar and Research.

IB: The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. All elements/courses  of the program support the Learner Profile, which means, IB learners strive to be: 

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Is service learning part of the program?

AP: College Board is piloting a program called AP with WE. Last year students in AP European History designed and carried out their own service project, tied to their curriculum, post exam. This year European History continues the pilot.
IB: Diploma students must complete and reflect on their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) experiences, balancing their contributions between these three categories.

WHAT ARE SOME Unique elements?

AP: Students can focus all of their coursework on the subject(s) of interest.

Junior year students may take Seminar and senior year they may take Research. The culmination of these courses is group and individual presentations and writing. Students write a 5,000 word essay on a topic of interest in Research.

IB: The Diploma Programme is recognized as the most rigorous high school program. Diploma students are required to take one course from each category, demonstrating their ability across subjects. Subjects of interest are typically taken for two years, while those meant to round out the student are typically only one.

Diploma students must complete the core requirements in addition to IB classes. The core requirements include Theory of Knowledge, CAS experiences, and writing their own 4,000 word Extended Essay under the guidance of a teacher mentor.

WHAT ARE SOME College Perspectives?

AP: Perceived as increasing opportunity to earn college credits.

IB: Perceived as an opportunity to increase chances of admission because it is the most rigorous high school curriculum.

Examples of college credit based on scores

Michigan State

English: AP - up to 4 credits, IB up to  4-8 credits for 2 years of classes

Biology: AP - up to 8 credits, IB up to  8 credits 

University of Michigan LSA

English: AP - up to 6 credits but does not fulfill grad requirements, IB up to  6 credits for 2 years of classes

Biology: AP - up to 8 credits towards overall number needed to graduate, not biology specifically, IB up to  5 credits 


*All IB classes listed are 2-year HL courses, only similar AP/IB classes are listed for illustrative purposes. Students must achieve passing scores for these credits to apply. 

**More credit opportunities in AP classes overall due to the number of classes offered and single year requirement.

About AP Exams

AP Novi High School AP Students

Your AP scores will be available online July 5. 

To get your AP scores, you must log in with your College Board account at View Your Scores on AP Exams.

AP/IB 2019-2020 Examination Schedule

  • Friday, May 1: Afternoon: IB Business Management HL P1

  • Monday, May 4: Morning: AP US Government and IB Business Management HL P2
  • Monday, May 4: Afternoon: AP Physics C: Mechanical (11:30am), AP Physics C: E & M (2pm)
  • Tuesday, May 5: Morning: AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC
  • Tuesday, May 5: Afternoon: IB History SL/HL P1-2
  • Wednesday, May 6: Morning: AP English Lit. & Comp., IB History HL P3
  • Wednesday, May 6: Afternoon: AP European History
  • Thursday, May 7: Morning: AP Chemistry
  • Thursday, May 7: Afternoon AP Japanese, IB Biology HL P1-2
  • Friday, May 8: Morning: AP US History and IB Biology HL P3
  • Friday, May 8: Afternoon: AP Computer Science A
  • Monday, May 11: Morning: AP Biology
  • Monday, May 11: Afternoon: AP Chinese, AP Environmental Science, IB Math Studies SL P1, and IB Math SL P1
  • Tuesday, May 12: Morning: AP Seminar, AP Spanish, IB Math Studies SL P2, and IB Math SL P2
  • Tuesday, May 12: Afternoon: AP Psychology, IB Japanese SL P1, and IB German SL P1
  • Wednesday, May 13: Morning: AP Lang. & Comp., IB Japanese SL P2, and IB German SL P2
  • Wednesday, May 13: Afternoon: AP Microeconomics
  • Thursday, May 14: Afternoon: AP Macroeconomics, IB English Lit. HL P1
  • Friday, May 15: Morning: AP French, IB English Lit. HL P2
  • Friday, May 15: Afternoon: AP Statistics
  • Tuesday, May 19:  Afternoon: IB Spanish B SL P1
  • Wednesday, May 20: Morning: IB Spanish B SL P2
  • Wednesday, May 20: Afternoon: IB Physics SL P1-2 and IB Sports, Exercise, Health Science HL P1-2
  • Thursday, May 21: Morning IB Physics SL P3 and IB Sports, Exercise, Health Science HL P3
  • Thursday, May 21: Afternoon: IB French B SL P1
  • Friday, May 22: Morning: IB French B SL P2