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AP answer sheet questions about ethnicity and income

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I don't know where my brain went when I said income level. Actually it is asking for parental education level.


I know she's left those blank on the SAT and PSAT, but there they are clearly indicated as optional.On the AP answer sheet and instructions there is no indication that they are optional. I'd prefer she not answer, but if that would invalidate her score, I wouldn't want to do that!

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Huh, it looks like reporting ethnicity and parental education level are mandatory, which surprises me:


Completing the Answer Sheet


The identification information that a student supplies each year becomes the basis of his or her AP record for that year . It is extremely important that students enter this information completely and correctly on their answer sheets . Chinese, Japanese, and Studio Art exams do not require the completion of a paper answer sheet — student identification information is entered electronically in student information/registration screens on exam day .

See https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-exam-instructions.pdf (page 4; sample answer sheet on page 10)


See also page 20:

This area needs to be completed only once each year. If you have already completed it for this year, please sit quietly and wait for the rest of the group to finish.



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