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Taking AP Tests Remotely Comes With Extra Challenges

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For many high school students, May marks Advanced Placement testing season.

The AP exams are an opportunity for college credit and, as a result, thousands saved in tuition for students who earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

And unlike other standardized tests,which have been suspended during campus closures, these AP exams are still happening remotely. So far, more than 1.47 million of the tests have been administered online.

Some students have flooded social media with reports of technical difficulties submitting answers in the new online format.

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The College Board, which administers the exam, said it's tried to troubleshoot the problems, which have ranged from outdated browsers to incompatible image formats for students submitting photos of handwritten work.

"After the first few days of testing, our data show the vast majority of students successfully completed their exams, with less than 1 percent unable to submit their responses," the organization said in a statement.


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