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Important

  • All student audio responses for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams and Music Theory Exams must be submitted through the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal to be scored.
  • The Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app is an additional recording option available for the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams. The 2020 version of the DAC app for use on Apple iPad tablets or Chromebooks will be available for download in the spring. Schools that use the DAC app must use the 2020 version of the app. (Files recorded using previous versions of the DAC app will not be accepted by the DAS portal.)
  • For more information, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2. The AP Exam Instructions will be available in 2020.

The AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams and the AP Music Theory Exam require students to record responses. There are several acceptable recording methods. The table below shows the AP Program’s requirements for acceptable recording methods. These are the recording methods approved by the AP Program. Schools must adhere to these criteria to ensure exam security. See the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for all policies about audio recording.

Reminder: Make sure student recorded responses from any previous year’s exams and any practice responses have been deleted from recording devices and from any network drives and folders before they are used for this year’s exam. If you don’t delete old files, you run the risk of submitting the wrong files to the AP Program.

Approved Recording Methods
  Digital language lab Handheld recording device Computer DAC app running on iPad or Chromebook
Ownership

Must be school-owned and -controlled, must remain in the school at all times, and may not be assigned or issued to specific students

Software required

Manufacturer's software/program

None

Use MP3 recording software (e.g., Audacity).

DAC app (No other recording software permitted on iPads or Chromebooks)

Installation before exam day

None

Install MP3 recording software on every testing computer

Download/install DAC app on every testing iPad or Chromebook

Internet connectivity

Student access to the internet must be blocked or disabled

Wi-Fi must be enabled for DAC app to directly upload files to DAS portal

Camera/webcam restricted

Any camera/webcam must be inaccessible or disabled

iPad camera must be enabled for app to scan AP ID barcode label

Chromebook Bluetooth external camera, and built-in webcam must be inaccessible or disabled

File format required

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for saving MP3 files

Device must be able to save files in MP3 format

Follow MP3 recording software instructions for saving files

DAC app saves and uploads files directly to DAS portal

Saving recorded files

Lab must be able to save MP3 files to the proctor console computer or to a secure school network folder

Device must have a way to transfer files to a computer

Computer must be set up to save MP3 files locally to the testing computer or to a secure school network folder

DAC app saves and uploads files directly to DAS portal

Headsets

World Language and Culture Exams: Headsets* are allowed. Wireless headsets and earbuds are prohibited.

Music Theory Exams: Headsets are not allowed

*Ensure any headsets used are compatible with the recording device.

Note: The AP Program does not endorse any particular brand of recording device or equipment. Regardless of the recording method being used, AP Exams must be administered following the procedures in the 2019-20 AP Exam Instructions book.

Reminder: All recording devices used for AP Exams must be school-owned and controlled, must remain in the school at all times, and may not be assigned or issued to specific students. (Note: There are some different requirements for the DAC app running on iPads and Chromebooks. Student-owned devices may not be used under any circumstances.)

Learn more about the recording methods:

Recording Student Responses Using a Computer

Recording Student Responses Using Digital Recording Devices

Recording Student Responses Using a Digital Language Lab

Recording Student Responses Using the DAC App Running on iPad® Tablets and Chromebooks