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The Coronavirus AP Exams in Spring 2020

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In this episode, we are joined by Minh Duong, a high school student who recently had to take his AP exams virtually due to the closing of school in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Studying for AP exams is hard enough normally. With the pandemic, students were not only forced to quickly transition to remote, distance learning, but to take their exams under entirely different circumstances. We’ll discuss Minh’s experience with the virtual AP exams, the technical issues therein, and other implications of the AP exams. We’ll also talk about some of the opinions students had with these virtual AP exams and how the College Board has responded to their complaints.

The cover of the AP Psychology exam
AP Psych Test, by Alton, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • How the virtual exams differ from the in-person exams
  • Studying for the virtual exams created more stress for Minh
  • Technical issues during the virtual AP exams
  • How exams were submitted
  • Cheating and collaboration
  • Distractions during the exam
  • Incompatible image formats forced students to retake exams
  • The College Board is being sued by several students for the technical issues
  • IB exams were cancelled this year
  • The College Board cancels virtual SAT exams
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Your hosts: David Chuong and Julian Vu

Featured guest: Minh Duong

Music: “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar is licensed under a Creative Commons License.