AP Exam Information


    As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here’s how we’re supporting schools:

    Through our members across the country, we understand the new time constraints on everyone in the education community. These solutions are meant to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers — without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time.

    • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. 
    • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

    The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.


    About This Year’s AP Exams

    Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.

    We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

    The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

    • For the 2020-21 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
    • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
    • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
    • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
    • We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know.

    Test security is a concern.

    • The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
    • Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.


    Exam scores will only be available online at www.apscore.org. To create a student College Board account go towww.collegeboard.org/register. You will receive an email from College Board when scores are available. 

    If you have any questions please see Ms. Muldoon in Student Services, call 847-451-3195, or email pmuldoon@leyden212.org


Helpful Links for AP students

AP Courses Offered at East Leyden

AP Course Teacher Course Description Teacher URL
Art Studio Ms. Lynette Rosen This year-long class offers college credit for creating a portfolio of artwork, which includes a series of works that is based on a theme each student chooses for themselves. Instead of a test at the end of the course, students submit the artwork they have created throughout the year. Students can choose to work in any media, including photography, graphic design, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, or mixed media. http://leyden212.org/Domain/563
Biology Mr. Joseph Gagliardi This college level biology course is designed to investigate the modern biology concepts of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, ecology, evolution, and plant/animal physiology as outlined by the College Board. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are developed through analytical, inquiry-based laboratory investigations. A mammalian dissection is required. http://leyden212.org/Domain/538
Calculus AB Mr. Frank Salerno This course deals with functions, limits, derivatives, chain rule, continuity, maximum, minimum, sketching graphs, integrals, and natural logarithms. http://leyden212.org/Domain/529
Chemistry Ms. Marisa Kapinos Mr. Jeff Vail This two-period class is a comprehensive study of chemistry involving extensive laboratory experience. Mathematical application of concepts is stressed; therefore, a strong mathematics background is essential. The course will provide excellent preparation for further college studies in science. http://leyden212.org/Domain/598 http://leyden212.org/Domain/549
Computer Science Mr. John Cloud This course is comparable to an introductory college course for computer science majors. Topics include large program design, algorithms, and data structures. The current programming language is JAVA. http://leyden212.org/Domain/612
English II Ms. Lori Garcia The Advanced Placement Seminar mirrors other sophomore English offerings in its focus on developing students who can communicate flexibly. However, this course also asks students to engage in conversations about complex academic and real-world issues through various points of view. The issues will be identified using concepts from other AP courses, student interests, local and/or civic issues, academic problems or questions, or global/international topics. http://leyden212.org/Domain/468
English III Mr. Dave Narter This rigorous academic course develops the student as sophisticated reader, thinker, and writer. The content of the course is an in-depth study of American culture, but greatest emphasis is upon the student as a discerning consumer and producer of written language. Different rhetorical conventions, genres, and styles of elaboration are studied and emulated. The Language & Composition AP Exam in the spring is a highlight of the course. http://leyden212.org/Domain/523
English IV Ms. Teresa French A survey of major works of British and world literature as well as preparation for the Advanced Placement examination comprise the basis of this course. Course emphasis is placed upon developing college-level critical reading and writing skills. Students write numerous formal essays and critically analyze fiction, drama, and poetry from the time of Sophocles to the present. http://leyden212.org/Domain/586
European History Mr. Michael Tazic The study of European History since 1450 introduces students to the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions and the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution current artistic expression and intellectual discourse. http://leyden212.org/Domain/480
Physics I: Mr. Mark Reeves This course is an Algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. http://leyden212.org/Domain/574
Physics II: Mr. Mark Reeves This course is an Algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explore topics such as fluid statistics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. http://leyden212.org/Domain/574
Psychology Ms. Lauren Dembkowski Ms. Maura Gavin This year-long course provides an accelerated study of psychology. Students acquire understandings equivalent to those gained in a college-level introductory course. Coursework offers a genral study of terms and concepts that psychologists use as well as concentration in theories of learning development, personality, emotions, feelings, and self-awareness, problems of the unconscious, and social psychology. http://leyden212.org/Domain/615 http://leyden212.org/Domain/569
Spanish Language Ms. Beatriz Porro This course is conducted in Spanish. This class is designed to increase the students' ability to express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency, to equip them to use the language effectively in college and/or work, and to discuss literary works. Students will take the Spanish Language examination in May, and much of the course consists of preparation for this exam. http://leyden212.org/Domain/518
Spanish Literature Ms. Beatriz Porro Spanish VI is conducted entirely in Spanish. This course is designed to continue students' formal study of a representative body of text from Peninsular Spanish, Latin America, and U.S. Hispanic Literature. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational)and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities). http://leyden212.org/Domain/518
Statistics Mr. Matthew Rusek This course examines how the probability and statistics help us make sense of our world. The course deals with graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns in data; characteristics of data such as shape, location, and variability; differences between association and causation; and data collection. http://leyden212.org/Domain/841
US History Ms. Johanna Heppler This course is part of a national program which enables top students to obtain college credit for high school work. Students will be expected to do extensive reading primary source document, develop anayltical essays, and demonstrate crticial-thinkings skills identifying significant themes in American history. This course chronologically examines the development of the United States. Preparation for the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exams, both graduation requirements is offered in this class. http://leyden212.org/Domain/539