As AP exams begin online, College Board is checking social media and discussion groups for cheating

Due to coronavirus concerns, Advanced Placement testing will be conducted online. (Community Impact Staff)
Due to coronavirus concerns, Advanced Placement testing will be conducted online. (Community Impact Staff)

Due to coronavirus concerns, Advanced Placement testing will be conducted online. (Community Impact Staff)

Note: Leander ISD spokesperson Matt Mitchell on May 14 clarified the press release by stating that the College Board, not LISD, would be monitoring for cheating.

Due to coronavirus concerns, Advanced Placement testing will be conducted online—and the College Board, which oversees the tests, has taken steps to discourage online cheating.

Leander ISD students began AP testing online May 11. Three different tests will occur daily through May 22—and the College Board will be monitoring social media and discussion sites to check for and hinder cheating.

“We may post content designed to confuse and deter those who attempt to cheat,” the LISD news release said. Leander ISD spokesperson said the "we" was referring to the College Board. “Attempts to cheat will be detected immediately during testing or will be identified in June and July simultaneously with exam scoring.”

Students’ exams will also be scanned by software designed to detect plagiarism. Tests will also be shared with the teachers of test takers.

Before the day of an AP exam, students should complete the 2020 AP exam checklist, according to the news release. On the day of an exam, students should be logged into the online testing system 30 minutes before each exam starts.

Students should be set up in the online testing system and prepared to test 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam.

Each day will host three different exams at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., according to LISD. On May 11, exams for Physics C mechanics, Physics C electricity and Magnetism, and U.S. government were held.

Here is the remaining schedule:

  • May 12: Latin Calculus AB, Calculus BC, human geography

  • May 13: Physics II (Algebra), English literature and composition (12th), European history

  • May 14: Spanish literature and culture, Chemistry, Physics 1 (algebra based)

  • May 15: art history; U.S. history, computer science A

  • May 18: Chinese language and culture, biology, environmental science

  • May 19: music theory, psychology, Japanese language and culture

  • May 20: German language and culture, English language and composition (11th), microeconomics

  • May 21: French language and culture, world history, modern macroeconomics

  • May 22: comparative government and politics, statistics, Spanish language and culture

For more information, read the 2020 AP Testing Guide by clicking here.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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