AP Exam Update: 4/3/2020

AP Students: The College Board website has made an Important Announcement about the upcoming modified AP Exams!


Taking the AP Exams

Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward. So we developed secure, online free-response exams for each course.

Here’s what you should know about this year’s exams. For additional details, see our FAQ page.

Exam Features

AP curricula are locally developed, and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. 

Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.

Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone. 

We recognize that some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know. 

Exam Timing

  • Most AP teachers students surveyed nationwide prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.
  • Exams will be given from May 11 through May 22.
  • Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1 through June 5. 
  • Students can take the exam at home or in schools, if they reopen.
  • Subject-specific exam times and tasks are available below. Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

Before Exam Day 

In late April, we’ll provide AP students and educators with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.

Exam Day and After

Get information about exam scoring, the score release timeline, and why we believe that most colleges will award credit for 2020 scores as they have in the past.

Exam Security

Learn how we’ll make sure that 2020 exams are secure and fair to all students.

2020 Exam Schedule:


AP Exams 2020 FAQ: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/faqs

2020 Open Book/Open Note Exams: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/open-book-tips

2020 Exam Security:


Other helpful links:




The College Board Website offers free online classes and is making an important announcement today about the nature and format of AP Exams

For more info: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

News and Updates

From College Board: Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school: we’re providing free, live, and on-demand AP courses and developing a new at-home testing option. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3rd.

AP Online Classes and Review Sessions

Watch classes taught by AP teachers so you can keep learning wherever you are.

AP Online Courses

Continue working toward college credit and placement with free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.


AP Course Schedule

Get more details, including the schedule, for AP online classes and review sessions. These mobile-friendly classes, designed to be used alongside work from your school, are recorded and available on demand.Learn More


Don’t Have Internet or a Device? We Want to Help

We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly to let us know.


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