Advanced Placement® (AP®) Online Distributed Scoring Overview
- When and where will online distributed scoring of AP Exams take place?
Each June, Readers in certain AP® subjects can score exams online from their home or office. To find out when your subject's Reading will take place and if online distributed scoring is available for your subject, visit the AP Reading Calendar. Flexible schedules are available over the course of the seven-day Reading for most online distributed scoring subjects. Online distributed scoring takes place concurrently with the onsite Reading.
- 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 that 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 www.speedtest.net.
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 indicate if they are available to participate in all or some of the Reading based on their personal schedule. 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 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?
Readers scoring from home are paid for training and scoring responses at the same regular hourly rate as those participating onsite, which is expected to amount to $1,639, if a Reader participates full-time for the entire 7-day Reading event. If a Reader works more or fewer hours before the end of the Reading event, the same hourly and overtime (if applicable) rates will apply and their compensation will be calculated accordingly.
Most subjects also offer part-time scoring opportunities for those Readers scoring from home during the Reading window, with compensation calculated in the same way, with the same regular hourly and overtime (if applicable) rates applied to the part-time hours worked.
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 up to a full day and may be either self-paced or conducted via teleconference or webinar 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.