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PSS Advanced Placement students receive MiFis

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(PSS) — The CNMI Public School System Advanced Placement or AP Program leveraged its partnership with Docomo Pacific, Inc to ensure that Advanced Placement students in need of broadband access are provided with portable wireless devices known as MiFis to complete their online AP exams.

MiFis are wireless devices that students can take home with them to get free high-speed internet access via Docomo Pacific’s network. Each AP student that did not have access to home internet was loaned a MiFi device from Docomo Pacific. PSS funded the broadband access for these students for the duration of the AP exam testing schedule.

In light of the impact of the coronavirus and subsequent closure of schools, the College Board developed secure, online free-response exams for each course, with exam questions, only including topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

The AP Program at PSS understands that not all students have internet access and devices at home, therefore, providing MiFi devices and broadband internet access to AP students for their AP exams will level the playing field for our students and will help our students become competitors in an ever-changing technological world.

Special thanks to Docomo Pacific and the PSS AP school-level teams for supporting this endeavor.

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