Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08
Testing irregularities: The term “testing irregularities” refers to problems with the administration of an exam and may affect an individual or group of students. These problems include, but are not limited to, administrative errors (e.g., improper timing, improper seating, defective materials, and defective equipment); improper access to exam content; and other disruptions of exam administrations. When testing irregularities occur, the AP Program may decline to grade the exam or may cancel the grade. When it is appropriate, the AP Program may give students the opportunity to test again as soon as possible without charge.
Identification discrepancies: When, in the AP Program’s judgment or the judgment of exam administration personnel, there is a discrepancy in your identification, you may be dismissed from the testing room. In addition, the AP Program may decline to grade your exam or may cancel the grade.
Invalid grades: The AP Program may also cancel grades if, in its judgment, there is substantial evidence that they are invalid for any reason. Evidence of invalid grades may include, but is not limited to, discrepant handwriting, unusual answer patterns, or inconsistent performance on different parts of the exam. Before canceling grades for invalidity, the AP Program would notify you in writing about its concerns, give you an opportunity to submit information that addresses the AP Program’s concerns, consider any such information submitted, and may offer you some options. The options could include a voluntary grade cancellation, a free retest, or arbitration in accordance with the ETS Standard Arbitration Agreement. Note: The arbitration option is available only for exams administered in the United States.
What You Need to Know for Exam Day
In order to have a successful testing experience, you should be aware of what is expected of you and what the conditions will be in the testing room. Carefully review the exam security policies and procedures and the information that follows, and encourage your AP teachers to offer a timed practice exam that is as similar to the actual testing administration as possible. If you have any questions about how exam day will work, talk to your AP Coordinator.
Labeling Your AP Exam Materials You must place a 2008 AP bar code number label on each of the exam materials where it is indicated to do so. If you don’t, it may be impossible to match your answer sheet with your exam materials, which could delay or jeopardize your AP grade. Your sheet of number labels is located in the center of the AP Student Pack that will be given to you on or before exam day.
You have a unique number each year you take AP Exams.
Never use anyone else’s AP labels or number.
Always keep a record of your AP number somewhere safe. You will need it throughout the exam administration and in the months following the exam to order grade reports and other services.
Completing Exam Responses You must follow the instructions below for completing exam responses. If you deviate from these instructions, your grade may be negatively affected.
• All of your answers for the multiple-choice section must be indicated on your answer sheet by filling in the appropriate ovals. Do not write your answers for the multiple-choice section in the exam booklets. If you do, your answers will not be scored.
Contacting the Office of Testing Integrity
• Answers for the free-response section must be written in the Section II exam booklets. Do not write them in the inserts. If you do, your answers will not be scored.
If you observe any behavior that might lead to the invalidation of grades, contact the Office of Testing Integrity as soon as possible. All information will be kept strictly confidential. See the back cover for contact information.
• All answers for the free-response section must be in English, with the exception of the exams in Chinese Language and Culture, French Language, French Literature, German Language, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Spanish Language, and Spanish Literature. Any responses not adhering to this policy will not be scored.
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