Taking AP Exams in 2021
New! There are updates to the 2021 AP Exam schedule and available testing options. Three testing dates (Administrations 1, 2, and 3) will be available for each subject between early May and mid-June. Digital testing options will be available for many subjects during Administrations 2 and 3.
Students taking paper/pencil exams at a test center: Please confirm exam registration and check-in/arrival procedures for exam day directly with the test center where you registered.
Students taking digital exams will test at home and must download the digital testing application and complete setup prior to each exam. On the AP Exam Schedule, you must verify your time zone (select India time) to confirm your exact testing date and start time. Digital exams in India will begin at either 9:30 p.m. or 1:30 a.m. Follow all digital testing instructions provided by AP as your test center is not administering digital exams.
Authorized Test Centers
Registration for 2021 AP Exams at authorized test centers is closed.
AP Exam registration in India is managed by authorized AP test centers. Students may choose their preferred testing location. Each test center will provide registration and payment instructions, exams offered, and fees. Because test centers operate independently, exam selection, deadlines, fees, and exam cancellation or exam fee refund process may vary.
In case you have registered already for the AP exam and wish to shift your exam admin, you can request the test centre coordinator directly.
2021 AP Exam Eligibility
- You must have either a valid passport or another valid, government-issued ID, such as an Aadhaar card, to register and take AP Exams.
- You must be under the age of 21 at the time of the exams.
- You cannot take an AP Exam in a given subject more than once in the same year.
- You cannot retake an exam in the same year, although you may retake it in a subsequent year.
- You cannot take both Calculus AB and Calculus BC in the same year.
- You can take any or all of the 4 Physics exams in the same year.
- • You cannot take 2 exams scheduled at the same date and time. Decide which exam you wish to take first and then take the other exam during the next testing window.
Why should I take AP?
How many AP Exams can I take? How many exams do students usually take?
You may take as many AP Exams as you are prepared for each year. The average student takes 3 exams over their high school/secondary school career.
How do I decide which AP Exams to take?
You can decide based on your interests, your intended college major, or your intended career. Visit Choosing Your AP Courses to begin. For example, if you plan to major in Chemical Engineering, it may make sense to take AP Chemistry and AP Calculus.
You may also consider the AP recognition policies of any specific Colleges/universities where you think you will apply.
How long does my AP score remain valid?
Whether you take AP in Grade 9, 10, 11, or 12, your AP score will remain valid until you start college. If your most recent AP Exam was over four years ago, your scores have been archived.
Do universities outside the U.S. and Canada accept AP scores?
Can I access the free AP Daily videos as a self-study student?
Yes! AP Daily videos are short, searchable videos, created by AP teachers from across the country and cover the content and skills you’re studying in class or independently. Watch them in AP Classroom anytime, from any device with internet access.
How to watch AP Daily Videos in AP Classroom or on the AP YouTube channel.
Which AP courses offer daily online videos?
When does registration for the 2022 AP Exam begin?
Registration for 2022 AP Exams will be announced in Sept 2021.
Do I have to take an AP course to take the corresponding AP Exam?
For most AP subjects, no. However, you do have to take the course before the exam for the following three AP subjects: AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles.
For all AP subjects, we strongly recommend taking the AP course before the exam if you can because it’s one of the best ways to learn the material that will be on the exam. If your school doesn’t offer a particular AP course, you may prepare for the exam on their own.
Can I take both Calculus AB and Calculus BC courses in the same school year?
You can, but we don’t recommend it. AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC each correspond to year-long college courses, and you need to understand the Calculus AB content before you can understand Calculus BC content.
Note: You cannot take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams in the same school year.
Can I take both Physics 1 and Physics 2 exams? Can I take all four physics exams?
Why are some AP Exams not offered by my test center?
India test centers don’t administer certain AP Exams (like Computer Science Principles, Seminar, Research), because students must be enrolled in the course at their school and will likely sit for these exams at school as well. Some test centers may not offer other exams because they may not have the equipment or resources necessary to administer them, such as computers or recording devices for the language exams and Music Theory.
Can I retake an AP Exam in the same year?
No. However, you may retake an exam in a subsequent year. In such cases, both scores will be reported unless you request that one be withheld or canceled.
Should I take AP Exams if I’m enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program?
Different universities have different policies about AP and IB in terms of admissions, credit, and placement out of introductory courses. AP and IB are both high-quality programs that colleges and universities consider when making admissions decisions. You can take AP courses and/or exams even if you’re enrolled in IB courses.
Is there an alternative schedule for AP Exams that is not in May?
AP Exams are offered during the first two full weeks of May each year, followed by a brief makeup window during the third week of May. For 2021 only, additional test dates are offered in late May and early June in response to the ongoing pandemic.
My school doesn’t offer the AP course I want to take. How can I prepare for the exam?
Check out AP Daily Videos. These are short, searchable videos, created by AP teachers from across the country and cover the content and skills you’re studying in class or independently. Watch them in AP Classroom anytime, from any device with internet access.
Consider an online AP course. You may be able to prepare for an AP Exam by taking an online AP course from an authorized AP provider. These classes are similar to the year-long AP courses offered at some schools, but they’re offered online by third-party providers. To find AP online providers, go to the AP Course Ledger and put “online” in the field for “high school name.”
Prepare via self-study.
- Get familiar with the course material and exam format by reviewing the detailed information on the AP Courses and Exams page.
- Review the exam practice tips and calculator policy, if applicable.
- For the science exams, you’ll need access to a lab to prepare for the exam questions, which are based on experiences and skills that students acquire in the lab.
- For previously released AP Exams and additional resources, check the College Board Store. You can also contact the United States–India Educational Foundation for guidance.
Where can I find AP textbooks?
AP courses use college-level textbooks, but there are no official AP textbooks. Go to the AP Course Audit Explore by Course to see examples of textbooks the College Board recommends to teachers. Select a course, then click “Example Textbook List.” You can also contact United States–India Educational Foundation for guidance.
Can I use something other than my passport to register for AP Exams?
If you don’t have a valid passport, you may be able to use another valid government-issued ID, such as an Aadhaar card, to register and take AP Exams. If you don’t have a valid government-issued ID, it is up to each authorized test center to decide if you can register with an alternate form of ID (for example, a school-issued photo ID), which you must also bring on exam day.
Where can I check the AP credit policies of colleges?
How long do I have to study to prepare for an AP Exam?
This varies by student. Work with your teacher to develop an AP Exam practice schedule that’s best for you.
In which grade should I take AP Exams? Can I take them in grade 9?
Most students take AP courses and exams in grades 11 or 12. However, you may feel prepared to take on the challenge of AP earlier. You can take AP Exams in any grade, but most schools don’t offer AP courses to students in grade 9.
Who administers AP Exams in India?
A few secondary schools in India offer both AP Courses and Exams, but limit testing to their enrolled students only. Authorized AP test centers administer AP Exams and are open to all students so long as they are eligible to test. Check with your school’s AP coordinator to confirm if you can take AP Exams at your school. If your school doesn’t offer an AP Exam you want to take, check if one of the authorized test centers does.
If a test center in India doesn’t offer an exam you wish to take, you may wish to find a school that has recently offered authorized AP courses and speak with the AP coordinator at the school.
How do I get my AP Exam scores?
Scores are available in early July. Sign in with your College Board account, which is the same as your SAT account. The same website also has a video and other resources to help you get your scores.
AP score reporting services let you cancel exam scores, withhold scores, and send your score report to universities you indicate. AP provides one free score report to a university or institution of your choice. Additional score reports may be ordered.
What is AP Classroom?
AP Classroom is an online resource for students enrolled in AP courses taught by authorized AP teachers. Students taking the exam only do not have access to features used by teachers but can access AP Daily Videos through AP Classroom.
How can I get answers to other questions about AP?
Can I contact someone for more information?
Yes. If you have questions about registering or paying for exams, or specific questions about exam day, contact the coordinator at your test center. If you’re having technical issues or need help logging in to your College Board account, accessing My AP, getting your AP scores, or finding test centers, email AP Services for Students or call +1 212-632-1780.