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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 2021 AP EXAMS

The exam schedule has changed. Each subject now has three testing dates, one in each of the following testing windows:

Administration 1
May 3–7, 10–12, 14, 17
In School

Administration 2
May 18–21, 24–28
In School and At Home

Administration 3
June 1–4, 7–11
In School and At Home

 

  • Schools make all decisions about which exams are offered. Students won’t be able to choose exam dates on their own. Beginning in early March, AP coordinators will be able to assign students to Administration 2 and/or 3 exams, if needed.
     
  • Paper and pencil AP Exams will still be given. In Administration 1, traditional paper and pencil AP Exams and Chinese and Japanese exams will be administered in school. In Administration 2 and 3, traditional exams are given for some subjects, including nine subjects (French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture; Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture computer-based exams, Latin, Music Theory, and Spanish Literature and Culture) that can only be administered in a proctored school setting.
     
  • Digital exams will be available for many subjects in Administration 2 and Administration 3. If your school building is closed or you can’t test in person for safety reasons, your school can authorize you to take a digital exam at home.
    • Digital exams can be taken on desktop or laptop computers and Chromebooks. Because they require typed free responses, they can’t be taken on smartphones.
    • Digital exams start at the same time worldwide. The exam timing is controlled by the exam app, not by you, the AP coordinator, or a proctor.
    • You won’t be able to return to questions you’ve answered or move back and forth between questions you haven’t answered.
    • If a digital exam is offered, there won’t be a paper and pencil version of the same exam offered   in the same administration period.
       
  • Digital exams will be full length. The exams will be as long as paper and pencil exams and test the same knowledge and skills. You won’t need to study or prepare differently to be successful on a digital exam. There are minor differences with paper and pencil exams, related to the testing format and exam security. For example, because it’s not feasible to have you draw graphs and figures online this year, for some exams you’ll be asked to answer questions about provided graphs and figures. See the Exam pages on AP Students for further details.
     
  • If you’re taking digital exams, you’ll need to complete some simple setup steps before exam day. We’ll share more information about this with your school later in the spring.

How to Confirm Your Email with the College Board

If you haven’t received email updates from the College Board, confirm your email address on file.

Step 1: Log in to your College Board account

Step 2: Confirm or change your email address

  • Click your profile at the top right corner of the page and go to Account Settings.
  • Confirm your email address is the one you’d like your AP® Exam e-ticket sent to.
  • If it’s an email address you don’t regularly check or if you haven’t been receiving Collee Board emails to the email address on file, scroll down and click Update to make it the email you’ll use to access your AP Exam.

Step 3: Access your email inbox

  • Find emails by searching for collegeboard@e.collegeboard.org.
  • If you don’t find any, search for this address in your spam and trash folders
  • Mark collegeboard@e.collegeboard.org as part of your approved sender list and/or add this email address to your contacts
  • If you’re still not receiving emails, update your College Board account with a different email address that you check regularly, using the instructions in step 2.

Resources

 

Online AP Classes and Review Sessions 

Explainer Videos: Explore the playlist.

 
 

Accommodations Information

Students will be able to take this year's online AP Exams with College Board–approved accommodations. Information about extended time, screen-reader compatibility, readers/scribes, and other details is available on our website. For other questions, contact the SSD office at 844-255-7728  or 212-713-8333, or ssd@info.collegeboard.org.

 

 

Troubleshooting FAQs

What if I don’t remember my username or password?

  • If you forget your username or password, DO NOT create another account.
  • If you click forgot username and submit the email address associated with your College Board account, we’ll email you all usernames associated with your account and indicate which are associated with a College Board test record.
  • Click forgot password and submit the username and email address associated with your account and answer the security question to get your password.
  • If you can’t answer the security question, click reset your password on the security question page to have password reset instructions emailed to you.

What if I don’t remember the email connected to my College Board account and I can’t retrieve my username or password?

  • Contact Mr. Andrew Kim at who can look that up for you.
  • Call AP Services for Students at 888-225-5427 and press 1 for assistance with your College Board account AP Services for Students support is available from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. ET.