Important Changes: 2014-15
AP Program Updates for 2015
Mandatory AP Exam Seating Charts
Beginning with the May 2015 AP Exam administration, all schools must complete a seating chart(s) for every exam they administer and retain it for six months. Schools should not return any seating charts in their exam shipments unless they are required as part of an Incident Report. Complete details and a sample seating chart can be found in the 2014-15 AP Coordinator’s Manual.
Exam Fees for 2015
The fee is now $91 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada. The fee is now $121 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada (with the exception of DoDDS schools). The per-exam rebate that schools can retain to offset exam administration costs has increased from $8 to $9. The exam fee varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the United States.
Free Practice Exams
New practice exams in 15* AP subjects are now available to AP teachers via the AP Course Audit website. These are complete versions of the exams that were administered internationally in 2014 and feature a multiple-choice answer key, free-response scoring guidelines, and a scoring worksheet.
*The AP Physics B Practice Exam will clearly indicate which questions are in support of Physics 1 and which are in support of Physics 2.
Redesigned AP Courses and Exams
The new AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses and exams and the redesigned AP U.S. History course and exam launch this year. Visit AP Central® for important information and resources for these courses.
Physics 1 and 2
These two new full-year courses, replacing AP Physics B, cultivate a deep understanding of foundational physics principles and incorporate inquiry-based instruction. The exams include a new multiple-select question type with two correct answers, both of which students must identify to earn credit. The exams also include an experimental design question that asks students how they would design an experiment, collect data, and discover sources of uncertainty.
Physics 1, Physics 2, and both Physics C Exams: Beginning with the 2015 exams, the AP Physics 1, Physics 2, and both Physics C Exams will allow a scientific or graphing calculator and equation tables on both sections of the exams.
Revisions to the AP Physics 1 and 2 Equation Tables: The AP Physics 1 and 2 equation tables – previously published in the course and exam description, curriculum modules, and practice exams – are being revised to provide complete definitions of symbols. Updated versions of those documents will be available by February 2015. In the meantime, please disregard the equation tables in the current versions of these publications. Instead, refer to these new, revised equation tables and share them with your students:
To learn more about the corrections, please see this document .
Section I, Part B (Short-Answer Questions) will be 50 minutes long, an increase of 5 minutes over the previously announced timing. Section II (Free Response) will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long, a decrease of 5 minutes over the previously announced timing. The standard total time for the exam remains 3 hours and 15 minutes. In the redesigned exam, all multiple-choice questions will focus on students’ ability to reason about different types of historical evidence. New short-answer questions have been added that ask students to respond to historical source material and problems.
Other Course and Exam Changes
Computer Science A
Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the GridWorld case study will be replaced by a required lab component consisting of a minimum of 20 hours of hands-on lab experiences. Three new AP Computer Science A labs are available through teachers’ AP Course Audit accounts as exemplars to support the implementation of at least 20 hours of hands-on lab work in the classroom. For more information, visit the AP Computer Science A Course Home Page.
This fall, the AP Seminar course launched at more than 135 participating schools worldwide as part of the new AP Capstone™ program. For more information about AP Seminar and AP Capstone, visit collegeboard.org/apcapstone .
Chinese and Japanese Exams on CD
Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista are not supported for 2015. See the “AP Chinese and Japanese Exams on CD” section of the 2014-15 AP Coordinator's Manual for information on supported operating systems.
Beginning with the 2015 exam, the free-response section of the AP Chemistry Exam will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long, an increase of 15 minutes over the 2014 exam. The standard total time for the exam will be 3 hours and 15 minutes.