As testing season nears, Palo Alto Unified School District, as of print time, has yet to announce plans for the May Advanced Placement tests.

On Feb. 4, the College Board stated that schools would decide when and how to test students. This means PAUSD will choose if students take the digital test or paper and pencil test and whether students complete the exam at home or on campus.


“I remember some people had issues with the program saving their responses [for their AP tests] and they had to retake theirs later.”

— Emma Wu, senior


In December, PAUSD released its plans to administer the SAT to the Class of ’22, but did not state whether it would also be possible to bring students on campus for AP tests.

Unlike last year, the AP exams will be full length, closed note and will cover all the material taught in the course in a normal school year.

Senior Emma Wu took three AP tests online last year and said that taking the shortened exam online went smoothly. However, because this year’s tests will not be abbreviated, Wu has her concerns.

“I’m not really looking forward to full-length tests online,” Wu said. “I think they could still offer an abridged version because testing online and in-person for three or more hours are both terrible options.”

Wu also says that College Board must take strides towards improving technology issues in 2021.

“I remember some people had issues with the program saving their responses [for their AP tests] and they had to retake theirs later,” Wu said.