Advanced Placement Exams 2020

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Game Day!


  • READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Your initials and APID are needed on your docs. every page.

  • WATCH THE TIME! Start submitting at the 5:00 mark whether you are done or not. It’s better to submit a partial response than run out of time and have to re-take the exam. 

  • Students report that the AP site was “laggy” and had trouble copying/pasting. 

  • INTERNET RELIABILITY.  Using the phone as a back-up hot spot for internet saved at least one student.

  • At least one student found having the textbook there to be helpful. 

  • Students recommend having a Google Doc and the actual exam side by side on the computer. 
 
What to do if/when students can't submit their exams:
 
  • Students will need to submit a form - cb.org/requestmakeup 
  • Students will need their original ticket to complete the form.
  • Students will get another chance to test in June.

Students need to to click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject's exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.

If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup. Students can also request a makeup exam if they've lost too much time due to a technical problem, can't connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.

From all of us at San Diego Unified School District, we are super proud of your hard work & wish you good luck on exams!


The AP United States History Exam 2020


Time: May 15th 11am

Students will be given 45 minutes to read and respond to Question 1 and then 5 minutes to upload their response.


Question 1 (45 mins.)

Modified Document-Based Question (DBQ)

The question presents students with 5 historical sources, 1 of which will be a non-text-based source.


The question assesses students’ ability to:


  • Respond to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis or claim that establishes a line of reasoning.
  • Describe a broader historical context relevant to the prompt.
  • Support an argument in response to the prompt using at least 4 documents.
  • Use at least 2 additional pieces of specific historical evidence (beyond that found in the documents) relevant to an argument about the prompt.
  • For at least 2 documents, explain how or why the document’s point of view, purpose, historical situation, and/or audience is relevant to an argument.
  • Use evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the prompt.


The prompt for the 2020 modified DBQ will be derived from any of Units 3–7, and will include 5 documents (instead of 7).

The rubric will be lightly modified to match the reduced number of documents.


  • Awarding 1 point for using 2 documents and an additional point for using 4 documents.
  • An additional point will be awarded for effectively incorporating a second piece of outside knowledge into the argument.
  • Students can earn up to 2 points for sourcing (1 point for each document).
  • Units 3-7 (Students may choose to, but do not need to, provide content knowledge from units 1 and/or 2 for context)
  • Units 1-2 (although students may choose to provide content knowledge from units 1 and/or 2 for context), 8–9