Taking AP in China

General Information: 2024 AP Exams

The 2024 AP Exams will be administered in schools and test centers as paper-and-pencil exams over two weeks in May: May 6-10 and May 13-17. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by College Board is not permitted under any circumstances. Some schools and test centers may offer late testing during May 22-24 if students cannot test during the first two weeks of May.

Taking AP in China

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program is internationally recognized and offered worldwide. The program consists of college-level courses that high schools authorized by AP can choose to offer, as well as corresponding exams that are administered once a year—around the world, including in China.

To meet the needs of AP students in China, there are two types of testing locations:

  • International schools that are authorized as AP testing sites can administer AP Exams to their own students, who are generally citizens of countries other than China. Typically, these schools don’t administer exams to students who aren’t enrolled in their school.
  • Local test centers only administer AP exams to students enrolled in local public or private Chinese schools authorized to offer the AP Program. College Board partners with Prometric to manage AP exam registration and administration for local test centers in China. Students must follow Prometric’s timeline for China to register in fall 2023 for the May 2024 AP Exams. Instructions will be sent directly to the school’s AP coordinators. Students may also visit https://www.prometric.com.cn/apchina.

Students should be aware that international schools and Prometric–managed test centers may have different AP Exam registration periods. If you need to test in China in May 2023, contact the school’s AP coordinators before October. Students who miss the local registration windows may explore testing at authorized AP test centers in other countries.

Moving to China

If you’re a student who plans to enroll at a high school in China, you can use the AP Course Ledger to find schools that offer AP courses. Once enrolled, you’ll work with your school’s AP coordinator to arrange your exams. The same process applies if you’re a student traveling in China during the AP Exam Administration.