Students forced to retake AP exams over iPhone photo format mix-up
What you need to know
- Some High school students are being made to retake their AP exams.
- That's because they tried to submit their written work using photos taken on iPhone.
- College Board doesn't support the default HEIC format used by iPhone.
Some High school students are being made to retake AP exams following a mix-up caused by the iPhone's default photo format, HEIC.
As reported by The Verge:
The College Board's FAQ states that students can submit photos of written exam work in JPG, JPEG, or PNG format. Notably, this does not include the default format for photos on iOS, HEIC. According to Bryner, "many of his classmates also tried to submit iPhone photos" to no avail.
An email was sent out to students earlier this week regarding problems submitting information, instructing students to change their iPhone's camera settings accordingly. This will of course come as no comfort to students who have already completed (or thought they had completed) their exams. One student further noted that advice tweeted by The College Board on May 12 to this effect was sent out "just a few minutes before" his test was supposed to begin, noting that "no one taking the AP Physics test would have been able to see it because we were already logged into the test." Not to mention that not all kids have Twitter. Confusingly, some students who were able to successfully upload files in the demo were then unable to do so in the real exam:
The only solace is that moving forward, students will be able to submit their tests by email if they have issues, which should alleviate the problem. For many students this is not good enough however, and a petition demanding that the College Board allow students to resubmit work has garnered over 23,000 signatures.
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