Recording Student Responses Using the DAC App Running on iPad Tablets—AP Music Theory Only

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In 2017, for AP Music Theory only, schools can use a new recording option—the Digital Audio Capture, or DAC, App—to record students' sight-singing responses. The DAC App runs on iPad tablets and simplifies the sight-singing recording and upload process.

The proctor scripts for the AP Music Theory Exam in the AP Exam Instructions book include instructions for recording students' sight-singing responses using the DAC app running on iPads.

DAC App now available for download and practice

If your school ordered AP Music Theory exams and is planning to use the DAC App to record students' sight-singing responses, you may download the app onto the iPads to be used for exam administration, as well as use the app for practice before exam day.

To download the DAC app, go to Apple® App Store® and search for DAC App. (You may also search for the terms: Educational Testing Service OR Education DAC App.)


To practice before exam day:

  • Refer to Section 5: Practice Before Exam Day in the AP Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App Overview (.pdf/3.87MB) for a practice activation key, a sample orange booklet cover (which includes AP Number and Item Number barcodes to use for practice), and a sample proctor code.

  • Important: As noted on page 21 in the Overview, to launch the app for practice only you must use the activation key: PRACTICE
    (This is different from the activation key that AP coordinators will receive in order to launch the app on exam day)

  • To practice recording a full Music Theory sight-singing section, visit the course home page to access released sight singing content on AP Central.

Using the DAC App

  • Install the DAC app on iPad models that will be used during the exam administration (see Technical Requirements)
  • Following the proctor script for Section II, Part B: Sight Singing (with DAC App) in the AP Exam Instructions to use the DAC app to record students' sight-singing responses on exam day.
  • The DAC app correctly names students' files and directly uploads them to the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal.
  • The AP coordinator or other authorized staff person logs in to the DAS portal from a computer connected to the Internet after the exam administration to submit the files for scoring.

Technical Requirements

  • The DAC app is for use on school-owned and controlled iPad tablets running iOS version 9.3.2 or higher.
  • Supported models are: iPad® 2/3/4, iPad Air®, iPad mini™, and iPad Pro™. (Android™ and ChromeOS™ operating systems are not supported in 2017 and cannot be used.)
  • The iPads used during the AP Music Theory exam administration must be school-owned and controlled, must remain in the school at all times, and must not be assigned or issued to specific students.
  • Schools may not use iPhones® or student-owned or controlled devices.
  • There must be a WiFi connection in the testing room, in order to upload files directly to the DAS portal.
  • The iPad must have a minimum of 20MB of storage space available for the app.

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