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Assistive Technology Compatible (ATC)

Students approved for an assistive technology compatible (ATC) test format have several options this year:

  • For many subjects, students can test using an accessible digital format of the exam during Administration 2 or Administration 3. Students can test at home (if authorized by the AP coordinator) or in school.
  • For some subjects, an ATC format exam is available. Students testing with an ATC-format exam test in school.
  Administration 1 Administration 2 Administration 3

ATC-format exam available for these subjects for in-school testing

(order through AP Registration and Ordering as per usual)

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

 

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

N/A

Digital exam available for these subjects to be taken in school or at home

(switch the student to a testing date in Administration 2 or Administration 3)

N/A

  • 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
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus (AB/BC)
  • Chemistry
  • 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
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Psychology
  • Seminar
  • Statistics
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
  • World History: Modern

 

Braille

Options are available for either paper or digital testing for students approved for a braille accommodation.

  • Braille exams are available for all subjects during Administration 1 and for some subjects during Administration 2 and Administration 3. If a braille exam is needed for a different administration, please call the College Board SSD office as soon as possible.
  • Digital alternatives for braille are available for digital exam subjects during Administration 2 and Administration 3. Students approved for braille can test using a refreshable braille display or screen reader, and braille writing software. (See details about accommodations on digital exams.)
  • A student approved for raised line drawings can test using a braille exam during Administration 1 (and for some subjects during Administration 2 and Administration 3) or using a digital exam during Administration 2 or Administration 3.
  Administration 1 Administration 2 Administration 3

Braille exams available for these subjects

(order through AP Registration and Ordering, as per usual)

All subjects

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

Digital accommodations available on digital exams for these subjects to be taken in school or at home

N/A

  • 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
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus (AB/BC)
  • Chemistry
  • 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
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Psychology
  • Seminar
  • Statistics
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
  • World History: Modern

Extended Time

Students with approval for time and one-half (+50%), double time (+100%), or greater than double time extended time will receive an exam format enabled with the appropriate amount of extended time for the applicable subject.

Schools can continue to refer to the extended time tables in the 2020-21 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for reference about how long exam subjects will be with extended time. The overall timing of exam sections is the same for digital exams as for paper-and-pencil exams.

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.

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 the AP Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exams during Administration 3 (because these digital exam subjects have multiple-choice questions only).
  • Listening/Speaking extended time: Applies only to AP Music Theory, and spoken world languages (these subjects are administered only as paper and pencil exam formats in 2021).

Students with these approved accommodations also receive time and one-half (+50%) extended time on their digital exam:

  • Human reader
  • Writer/scribe
  • Pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming)

Students approved for these accommodations receive extended time even if they’re using a digital alternative for their approved accommodation. For instance, a student approved for a human reader would receive an exam format enabled with time and one-half (+50%) extended time even if they ultimately test using a screen reader.

Human Reader and Writer/Scribe Accommodations

It’s recommended that students approved for a human reader and/or writer scribe who are testing with a digital exam use the digital alternative for the accommodation (see the information about Reading and Writing Accommodations in Types of Digital Accommodations).

  • Students approved for a human reader or for pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming) can test using screen reader software.
  • Students approved for a writer/scribe can test using voice recognition (speech-to-text) software.

If a student is taking a digital exam and opts to test with a human reader or a writer/scribe, all reader and writer/scribe criteria and requirements apply as detailed in the 2020-21 AP SSD Guidelines, with the exception that for the 2021 digital AP Exam administration, parents who are AP teachers may serve as a reader or writer/scribe, if needed, for a student who is taking a digital exam at home.

Students approved to test with a reader, pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming) or a writer/scribe will receive a digital exam format enabled with time and one half (+50%) extended time.

Multiple-Day Testing

  • Multiple-day testing for 2 days is available for the digital exams for students whose approved accommodation(s) qualify them to test over multiple days. Qualifying accommodations are:
    • The student’s amount of total testing time, excluding breaks, exceeds 6 hours due to their amount of approved extended time. For example, a student approved for double time for all parts of an exam that is 3 hours and 15 minutes with standard time would qualify for multiple-day testing.
    • The student’s amount of testing time is equal to or less than 6 hours, and the student has been approved for limited-time testing.
  • The AP coordinator needs to indicate multiple-day testing through AP Registration and Ordering per student per exam. Learn how to indicate multiple-day testing.
    • The AP coordinator should verify with the SSD coordinator and the student which exams the student needs to take over multiple days. The student might be eligible for multiple day testing for exams for which they don’t actually want or need to test over multiple days, so it’s important to confirm before making any changes through AP Registration and Ordering.
  • As with paper and pencil exams, students taking the digital exam across 2 days will take the free-response section on Day 1, and the multiple-choice section on Day 2.
    • If an exam is scheduled for a Friday, the student will take the free-response section on the Friday and the multiple-choice section on the following Monday.
    • If a student needs to test over more than 2 days, contact the College Board SSD office.
  • Multiple-day testing is not available for digital exams for AP Seminar or AP Computer Science Principles, because those exams only have 1 section. If a student needs to take either of these subjects during Administration 2 or 3, contact the College Board SSD office.

Exam day instructions about multiple-day testing will be provided to AP coordinators and SSD coordinators who have students eligible for this accommodation.