[BlindMath] AP Exam Policy for Drawing Diagrams and Graphs

Bhavya shah bhavya.shah125 at gmail.com
Wed May 15 19:55:05 UTC 2019

Dear all,

Although this question may not relate broadly to the fields fo Math
and Science accessibility, this is certainly a concern of mine
pertinent to a blind testtaker of the Advanced Placement Physics,
Chemistry and Calculus exams.

Those who may have dealt with the Advanced Placement exams previously
would know that it contains a free-response section where solutions to
questions need to be written with working, numerical calculations, and
an explanation of the steps used to get to the answer, which steps are
worth credit. I will be using an unknown scribe for the Physics,
Chemistry and Calculus AP exams and am not sure at this point how I
will go about dictating things like free body diagrams with arrows to
indicate different force vectors, Lewis dot structures with proper
orientation and placement of electrons, and the occasional coordinate
plane graphs with the twists and turns of the graph.

In India, where I am from, some of our national Mathematics and
Science exams for blind students omit questionss requiring diagrams or
graphs or structures. Furthermore, on the SAT subject tests of
Physics, Chemistry and Math II (multiple-choice questionss only) that
I gave a couple weeks ago, one graphical question in Math II and 3
diagrammatic questions in Physics were instructed to be skipped by me
(something I had not anticipated). However, I am uncertain about the
policy of scribe users needing to dictate diagrams and graphs in case
of the free-response section of the Advanced Placement exams that I
shall be appearing for. I have reached out to College Board Services
for Students with Disabilities to seek clarity on this matter, but
they have been entirely unhelpful thus far.

In case anybody has any information on AP policy in this regard for
testtakers with disabilities, any inputs from past experience of
taking the afore mentioned AP exams, or any other suggestions or
comment, they would be greatly appreciated.


Best Regards
Bhavya Shah

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