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Frequently Asked Questions About the AP® Online Distributed Scoring Reading

AP Online Distributed Scoring Overview

When and where will online distributed scoring of AP Exams take place?

In June 2018, some Readers in certain subjects — Computer Science Principles, European History, French Language and Culture, Research, Seminar, Spanish Language and Culture, U.S. History, and World History — will score online from their home or office. Online distributed scoring will take place concurrently with the onsite Reading. To find out when your subject's Reading will take place, go to the AP Reading Calendar. Flexible schedules are available over the course of the seven-day Reading for most online distributed scoring subjects.

What are the online scoring requirements?

Readers will score student responses and performance tasks using a web-based scoring system. Readers must own a PC or MAC computer with a reliable internet connection to score online, and must have access to a phone which can make and receive long-distance calls. A printer is also recommended. Online distributed scoring requires an internet speed of 2 Mbps for non-video scoring and 5 Mbps for constructed responses that contain videos. There are several free internet connection bandwidth tests you can run to determine your network speed. We recommend

For specific technical requirements, please refer to the subject-specific job details on the AP Scoring Opportunities page.

What are the benefits of online distributed scoring?

Online distributed scoring enables us to engage a new set of potential Readers and teachers for subjects where there are shortages of available Readers, and provides Reading opportunities for qualified individuals who would otherwise not be able to participate due to the time commitment and travel required by the onsite Reading. It allows us to extend scoring opportunities to interested educators who would benefit from the professional development gained by attendance at the Reading, but have traditionally been unable to participate due to school schedules or other conflicts. Online distributed scoring will offer benefits to Readers such as scoring exam responses from AP high school students, learning how to apply a rubric consistently, earning compensation, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Can I score outside of the United States?
No, scoring outside of the United States is not permitted. All Readers participating in online scoring programs must perform their work within the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico. Readers must have authorization to work for remuneration in the United States.

Scheduling and Timing

What is the time commitment for being an online distributed Reader? Is flexible scheduling available? What does this entail?

Upon registering for the Reading, online distributed Readers commit to scoring a fixed number of student responses, which varies depending on the AP subject. For most subjects, different levels of commitment will be available. Readers will be required to train during specific times on day 1 and many will be able to work at their own pace, provided that they maintain quality in their scoring and meet their commitment over the course of the seven days of the Reading. This includes high school teachers whose schools may still be in session during the week of the Reading, and who may score before or after school hours.

Can Readers score at any time during the day or evening? Or, are there set hours during which Readers must score?

All online distributed scoring must be completed during the seven days of the Reading. At the beginning of the Reading, before scoring student responses, Readers must complete rubric training. Depending on the AP subject in question, some Readers may be required to score during the hours that the onsite Reading is in session, while others may have the option to score at any time of day. Specific information for each subject will be provided upon registering for the Reading.

How will I be paid for the scoring work that I do?

You will earn compensation for completing training and for scoring student work. Estimated total compensation varies by subject and is comparable to the stipend paid to onsite Readers. Checks will be issued no later than June 29, 2018.

You will be paid for two types of work:

  • Training on the prompt(s) you are assigned
  • Scoring of student responses after you complete the training

Training Compensation: You will be paid a fixed amount for training on the prompt(s) to which you are assigned.

Scoring Compensation: You will be paid for scoring based upon the variable number of student responses you score and a fixed prompt-specific pay rate. The estimated number of student responses you will score is based on the commitment level you choose. Scoring commitments are sized to be achievable during the course of the Reading by most Readers, however some Readers may score fewer responses than their commitment while others may score more, resulting in lower or higher scoring compensation.

Total Compensation Example:

  • Scoring Training — 3 hours – $90 (this is an example only, and is NOT indicative of the training pay for all subjects/tasks)
  • Scoring Commitment of 500 responses — $1,500 (this is an example only, and is NOT indicative of the scoring pay for all subjects/tasks)
  • Total compensation in this example: $1,590

Please note that the above scenario is for illustrative purposes only regarding the calculation, and that the number of responses scored and pay rate per response varies by subject.

Training, Feedback and Collaboration

When and how does training occur?

System and content training occurs at the beginning of the first day of the Reading. Depending on the subject, initial training will take between two and twelve hours, and may be either self-paced or conducted via teleconference by a Scoring Leader. All Reader training is conducted using online documents and sample student responses.

Will Readers be monitored and receive feedback during their scoring session?

Yes, distributed AP Readers will be monitored by scoring leadership throughout the Reading. The online scoring system includes several features for Scoring Leaders to monitor scoring quality and give feedback to Readers. Scoring Leaders and Readers are also able to speak to each other on the phone or use the scoring system's online chat.

Can Readers proactively reach out for feedback or collaboration?

Yes, the online scoring system has features that Readers can use to contact their Scoring Leader at any time during specified Reading hours to discuss their scoring. Readers can connect with their Scoring Leader using features like online chat and/or appending notes or questions to particular responses.

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AP Scoring Opportunities

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