Taking AP in China

COVID Update 2022

Update May 2022:
2022 AP Exams have concluded in China.
Now available: List of AP Schools and Test Center Closures in China (for colleges and universities to verify closures.) Schools and centers not on this list remained open and were able to administer AP Exams in May 2022.

General Information: 2023 AP Exams

The 2023 AP Exams will be administered in schools and test centers as paper-and-pencil exams over two weeks in May: May 1–5 and May 8–12. 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 dates 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 serve students who are enrolled in local public or private Chinese schools authorized to offer the AP Program. The test centers administer AP Exams to students from multiple schools. 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 2022 for the May 2023 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.

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.