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Preparing for Digital Recording and Online Submission in 2017

Beginning with the May 2017 exam administration, all speaking responses for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture exams and sight-singing responses for AP Music Theory exams must be recorded digitally as MP3 files and submitted online via the DAS (Digital Audio Submission) portal.

Note: Cassette recorders, student-response tapes, and student-response CDs are no longer used for these exams and will not be accepted.

Acceptable recording options for 2017 are:

  • Computer lab with MP3 recording software
  • Laptops with MP3 recording software
  • Handheld digital recorders
  • Digital language lab
  • Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app (available only for AP Music Theory)

Is Your School Ready?

Your school's readiness depends on whether your school recorded using digital technology or cassettes in 2016, and how much planning you have already done for the 2017 exam administration.

If you have not yet started planning for 2017, now is the time to act.

To determine your school's specific needs for the transition to all-digital recording and online submission, answer the following question:

How did your school record students' audio responses in 2016?

Your School Recorded With Cassettes In 2016, Or Your School Will Record For The First Time In 2017

You need to make plans to prepare for digital recording and online submission in 2017.

Review the following actions and resources to help guide you through the process.

Actions
  1. Review all of the policies and procedures published in the 2016-17 AP Coordinator's Manual. See pages 94-99 for world language and culture exams, and pages 101-104 for Music Theory exams.

    2016-17 AP Coordinator's Manual

    PDF Document 5.6MB

  1. Review information about the acceptable digital recording options to determine which will work best for your school. There are important factors to consider with each option.

  1. Once you've determined which recording option your school wants to use, you should identify your budget needs and learn about funding resources to cover any new technology purchases.

  1. After you've determined how to pay for the technology you need, order devices and equipment so that your school receives them by April 1. This is to allow students and staff sufficient time to practice using the technology before the exam administration.
  1. Review information about online submission via the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal.

  1. Review procedures and best practices for administering speaking and sight-singing sections.

Your School Recorded Digitally In 2016

You're already well-prepared for 2017 if your school recorded digitally in 2016 using: computer lab with MP3 recording software, laptops with MP3 recording software, handheld digital recorders, or a digital language lab.

Review the following actions and resources to ensure your readiness for 2017.

Actions
  1. Review all of the policies and procedures published in the 2016-17 AP Coordinator's Manual. See pages 94-99 for world language and culture exams, and pages 101-104 for Music Theory exams.

    2016-17 AP Coordinator's Manual

    PDF Document 5.6MB

  1. Review information about online submission via the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal.

  1. Review procedures and best practices for administering speaking and sight-singing sections.

Additional information

No matter what recording method you select for your school, you must adhere to all of the policies and procedures published in the 2016-17 AP Coordinator's Manual.

Learn more about Recording Audio, World Language and Culture exams, and Music Theory exams.

Contact

If you have any questions, you may email: digitalaudio@collegeboard.org

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