Exam Security Policies and Procedures

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The test security and administration policies and procedures of college board are aimed to protect the integrity of the AP Exam and the related scores. The policies and procedures have been shaped so that all students can get similar opportunities to prove their knowledge on the day of exam and to avoid students from gaining an unfair advantage.

As the College Board decides your testing experience did not meet the College Board՚s standards for administering exams-even when you are not at fault own-the College Board has the right to cancel your AP Exam score, The decision to cancel an AP Exam score is difficult; AP Exam scores must be cancelled on occasion in order to protect the integrity of the AP Exam for all AP students, and for the colleges and universities that grant credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores. As the College Board considers it appropriate, not under all circumstances, you will be given the opportunity to retest. Though AP Exam scores are cancelled infrequently, you are motivated to keep your class notes after completing your exam, for such reason.

The Board of college saves the right to decline to score an AP Exam or cancel an AP Exam score when any of the following takes place:

Violation of test security policies and procedures: On the day of exam, you are required to sign your answer sheet, indicating that you are aware of and agree to, all of the policies and procedures discussed in the 2012 − 13 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. 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 include the following:

  1. Exams must be administered on the schedule. The exam administration may never begin before the planned starting time and may begin only up to one hour after the official starting time on the specified day. If an exam will begin at incorrect date or time, you can refuse to take it; instead, contact Educational Testing Service՚s (ETS) Office of Testing Integrity to arrange to take an alternate exam.
  2. You must not open exam materials until the proctor has said so, see that no one sees the questions before the exam begins.
  3. Because MCQs are sometimes reused, no one other than you may see your multiple-choice questions during the exam.
  4. You may not under any circumstances, remove any exam materials from the testing room.
    • Multiple-choice section: Students may not give the questions to anyone else; discuss them with anyone (including your AP teacher) ; or share them through any means, including, but not limited to, email, text messages a camera phone and the Internet.
    • Free-response section: Students may only discuss free-response questions that are provided on the College Board website, 2 days after the regularly scheduled exam administration. If the questions in the exam are not released, you may not discuss them with anyone.
  5. Prohibited in the exam room: Electronic devices like cell phone, smart phone, tablet computer, etc, portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.) , cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that has an access of Internet, and any other electronic or communication device. A student caught with any of these devices while testing or breaks, will be dismissed from the exam room and the device will be taken.
  6. Students may not consult textbooks, notes, teachers or other students; and may not use any electronic device including email/messaging devices or cell phones or any other resource during the break between Sections I and II of the exam or during any unscheduled breaks.
  7. You may not leave the building at any time during the test administration including during a scheduled break.
  8. Teachers, department chairs, tutors, individuals involved in test preparation services and educators of any kind including, but not limited to, curriculum specialists, school counselors and administrators are banned from taking or reviewing the content of an AP Exam.
  9. Violation of test security policies may results in score cancellation and under some circumstances individuals may be permanently barred from future testing.

Disclosure of secure test items: College Board will ultimately cancel your exam score if you are caught disclosing through any means, any:

  1. MCQs
  2. free-response question from an alternate exam
  3. free-response question from a regularly scheduled exam within 2 days of its administration, or
  4. free-response question that is not provided on the College Board website 2 days after the regularly scheduled exam administration.

Misconduct: If you involve in some kind of misconduct in connection with an AP Exam, you may be asked to turn in your exam materials and leave the testing room. You may not return to the testing room, and your AP Exam score will not be reported. Misconduct includes:

  1. Get improper access to the exam or even information about the exam.
  2. Remove pages from the exam book.
  3. Refer to looking through or working on any exam or exam section, other than during the timed testing period for that exam or exam section.
  4. Use any banned aids.
  5. Use testing accommodations that have not been preapproved by the College Board.
  6. Bring food or drink into the testing room (unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board) .
  7. Leave testing room without permission.
  8. Attempt to remove from the testing room any part of the exam or any notes related to the exam.
  9. Copy from another student՚s work or a published work.
  10. Try to give or receive assistance, or otherwise communicate, through any means, with another person about the exam during the exam administration.
  11. Try to give the exam for someone else.
  12. Create a disturbance.

Failing to follow any of the exam administration regulations discussed in the 2012 − 13 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents, given by testing staff or specified in any exam materials.

Testing irregularities: The term “testing irregularities” refers to problems with the administration of an exam. When they takes place, they affect an individual or groups of test-takers, problems include, but are not limited to, administrative errors e. g. improper timing, improper seating, improper proctoring, defective materials, defective equipment or the failure of test administration personnel or the school to comply with test administration policies or procedures and even disruptions of exam administrations. Students may review the exam administration instructions that schools needs to follow, which are set forth in the AP Coordinator՚s Manual, available here. College Board is solely responsible for finding whether testing irregularities have occurred, and its decisions are final. When testing irregularities occur, the College Board may decline to score the exams of one or more students, and it may cancel the scores of one or more students when it finds that actions are required to protect the integrity of the exam, The College Board may do so whether or not the affected students caused the testing irregularities, benefited from them or involve in misconduct. When it is desirable in the College Board՚s judgment, it may give the student or students the opportunity to retake the test without charge.

Identification discrepancies: When in the College Board՚s judgement or exam administration personnel judgement, there is fakeness or fraud in your identification, you may be dismissed from the testing room. Also, College Board may decline or cancel your score.

Invalid scores: The College Board may also cancel AP Exam scores when in its judgment, there is a evidence that they are invalid for any reason. Evidence of invalidity may include but is not limited to, plagiarism, discrepant handwriting, unusual answer patterns or inconsistent performance on different parts of the exam or text that is equivalent to that in other free responses. Before canceling AP Exam scores based on substantial evidence of invalidity, the College Board notifies the affected student in writing about its concerns, gives the student an opportunity to submit information that addresses the College Board՚s concerns and considers any such information that is submitted. The College Board also offers different options, which basically consist voluntary score cancellation, a free retest and arbitration in accordance with the ETS Standard Arbitration Agreement. Note: The retest option is not available outside the United States and Canada. The arbitration option is available only for tests administered in the United States. Also during or after a review of questionable scores, ETS finds that misconduct has occurred in connection with a test, ETS may treat the matter under its misconduct procedures; the options available in connection with score invalidity reviews will not be available even if those options were previously offered.

Incase of no event, the College Board, its agents or subcontractors be responsible for the failure of students, test administration personnel or the school to comply with the AP test security and test administration policies as well as procedures. The College Board shall not be liable to the students, school, district, or anyone claiming by or through them for any damages, including special, incidental, direct, indirect, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages, which are caused by arising from or otherwise related to the failure of test administration personnel, the students or the school to comply with the College Board՚s test security and test administration policies and procedure.

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