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Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08

Exam Security Policies and Procedures

The AP Program’s standards and procedures for administering exams have two primary goals: to give students equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, and to prevent students from gaining unfair advantages. Therefore, the AP Program reserves the right to cancel any grade when, in its judgment, any of the following occurs:

  • 1.

    Violation of exam security policies and procedures: On exam day, you are required to sign your answer sheet, indicating that you are aware of, and agree to, all of the policies in the Bulletin. You also must sign the covers of the multiple-choice and free-response booklets, affirming statements related to the security of the exam. The exam security policies and procedures you agree to are:

    • Exams must be administered on the established schedule. The exam administration may never begin before the official starting time, and may begin only up to one hour after the official starting time on the specified days. If an exam is offered to you at an incorrect date or time, you must refuse to take it; instead, contact the Office of Testing Integrity to arrange to take an alternate exam.

    • Exam materials must be kept sealed so that no one sees the questions beforehand.

    • Because multiple-choice questions are sometimes reused, no one must see the multiple-choice questions except you, the student, during the exam.

    • You should not, under any circumstances, take multiple-choice questions from the room; give them to anyone else; discuss them with anyone (including your AP teacher); or share them through any means, including, but not limited to, e-mail, text messages, a camera phone, and the Internet.

    • You are not permitted to discuss the free-response questions until 48 hours after the regularly scheduled exam administration. Free-response questions that appear on alternate forms of the exam may never be discussed.

    • Cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, e-mail/messaging devices, and any other electronic or communication devices are prohibited in the exam room. If you are observed using any of these devices during testing or during breaks, you will be dismissed from the exam room, and the device will be confiscated.

    • You may not consult textbooks, teachers, other students, any electronic devices (including e-mail/messaging devices or cell phones), or any other resources during the break between Sections I and II of the exam, or during any unscheduled breaks.

    • No one over the age of 21 may take, or review the content of, an AP Exam. Regardless of age, teachers, department chairs, tutors, individuals involved in test preparation services, or educators of any kind (including, but not limited to, curriculum specialists, guidance counselors, or administrators) must not take, or review the content of, an AP Exam.

  • 2.

    Disclosure of secure test items: If you are discovered disclosing through any means any multiple-choice question, any free-response question from an alternate exam, or any free- response question from a regularly scheduled exam within 48 hours of its administration, the AP Program will automatically cancel your exam grade.

  • 3.

    Misconduct: If the AP Program or administration personnel find that there is misconduct in connection with your exam, you will be asked to turn in your exam materials and leave the testing room. You may not return to the testing room, and your exam grades will automatically be canceled. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Obtaining improper access to the exam, or a part of the exam, or information about the exam.

    • Referring to, looking through, or working on any exam, or exam section, other than during the timed testing period for that exam or exam section.

    • Using any prohibited aids.

    • Bringing food or drink into the testing room.*

    • Leaving the testing room without permission.

    • Attempting to remove from the testing room any part of the exam or any notes relating to the exam.

    • Copying from another student’s work or a published work.

    • Attempting to give or receive assistance, or otherwise communicate, in any form, with another person about the exam during the exam administration.

    • Attempting to take the exam for someone else.

    • Creating a disturbance.

    • Failing to follow any of the exam administration regulations contained in the Bulletin, given by testing staff, or specified in any exam materials.

    • Using testing accommodations that have not been preapproved by the College Board.

  • *

    Unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services

for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam date.

© 2007 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit the College Board on the Web: www.collegeboard.com.

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