New! A version of the Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app for Chromebooks will be available as a recording method for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture as well as Music Theory Exams. For more information, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2. The AP Exam Instructions will be available in 2020.
The DAC app is a special-purpose audio recording app available for the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams and AP Music Theory Exams. It is for use on Apple iPad tablets and Chromebooks. The iPads and Chromebooks must be school-owned and -controlled and may be used in a one-to-one computing environment. The DAC app is the only recording program permitted on iPads and Chromebooks; no other recording software may be used on these devices.
The app will be available for download in spring 2020:
- For Apple iPads, the DAC app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store
- For Chromebooks, the DAC app can be downloaded free of charge from the Chrome Web Store
Schools that choose to use the DAC app to record student responses 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.
If your school is using iPads and downloaded the DAC app for a previous exam administration, you’ll be prompted to update to the 2020 version when you open the DAC app on your iPads. Be sure to complete this update before the 2020 AP Exam administration.
The DAC App:
- Simplifies the recording and upload process and enables school staff to save a significant amount of time: With other recording methods, school staff must save, name, and upload students’ files after the exam. The DAC app handles these steps. After an exam that used the DAC app, school staff only need to log in to the DAS portal to submit the files for scoring.
- Ensures exam security: The DAC app has built-in security measures that restrict access to other applications on the device. Once the DAC app is launched, students will not be able to access the internet or any other apps.
- Is a free app: In spring 2020, coordinators will get an email announcing that the DAC app is available for download.
- Can be used for practice before the exam: Coordinators will get instructions for student practice with the app before the exam. This will ensure that students are confident using the app.
Using the DAC App
- After coordinators receive the email in spring 2020 announcing that the DAC app is available, download and install the DAC app on iPad or Chromebook models that will be used during the exam administration (see Technical Requirements).
- Follow the proctor script for the DAC app in the AP Exam Instructions to use the app to record students' speaking or sight-singing responses on exam day.
- The DAC app correctly names students' files and directly uploads them to the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal.
- The AP coordinator or other authorized staff person logs in to the DAS portal from a computer connected to the internet after the exam administration to submit the files for scoring.
- For Chromebooks: The AP Program expects that schools that choose to use the DAC app for Chromebooks in 2020:
- Are already experienced with the operation of Chromebooks, and
- Will work closely with their IT staff to evaluate and confirm that their approach to recording with Chromebooks satisfies the requirements listed below, and in the Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App Overview for Chromebooks (available in spring 2020). The DAC App Overview will have specific configuration and installation instructions.
- Previous versions of the DAC app will not work in 2020. To use the DAC app for the 2020 AP Exam administration, you must download or update to the latest version.
- iPads and Chromebooks running the DAC app may be in a one-to-one computing environment, where devices are assigned to specific students and may leave the school. Devices must be school owned and controlled. Student owned devices may not be used under any circumstances.
- All coordinators must have a DAS portal account to obtain the DAC Activation Key. Proctors will need the Activation Key on exam day so students can unlock the app for testing. Log in to the DAS portal to get your school’s unique DAC Activation key.
- The DAC app will not be available in 2020 to support the Android™ operating system.
- There must be a Wi-Fi connection in the testing room, in order to upload files directly to the DAS portal.
- For iPad©:
- The DAC app can be used on iPad®, iPad Air®, iPad mini®, and iPad Pro® running iOS version 10 or higher as the operating system.
- Apple iPads (including iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro) must be school owned and controlled. Schools may not use iPhones or student-owned or -controlled iOS devices. (It’s recommended that backup iPads be available in case of equipment failure.)
- The iPad must have a minimum of 20MB of storage space available for the app. If the iPad has insufficient storage space, a warning message will give instructions on how to remedy the problem.
- An Apple iPad cable
- An Apple App Store account
- For Chromebook:
- Chromebooks must be school owned and controlled and under management control of Google G Suite for Education™.
- Chromebooks must be running the latest version of Chrome OS
- Google G Suite for Education must be in-place for your school’s domain
- Each Chromebook must be licensed.
- The Chromebook must have a minimum of 20MB of storage space available for the app. If the Chromebook has insufficient storage space, a warning message will give instructions on how to remedy the problem.
- The Chromebook’s Bluetooth, external camera, or built-in webcam must be disabled or inaccessible to the recording application.
The Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App Overview is a step-by-step guide that includes:
- Instructions on downloading, installing, and using the DAC app
- Information specific to using the app for practice before the exam
An updated version of the DAC App Overview, for iPads and Chromebooks, will be available in March 2020.