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. You have the flexibility to take just one or as many AP Exams that interest you, depending upon the amount of college-level coursework you are ready to take on.
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 If your most recent AP Exam was over four years ago, your scores have been archived.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. 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.
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 must take these courses before taking the corresponding AP Exam: AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles. You will not receive a complete score if you only take the end of course exam.
For all AP subjects, we strongly recommend taking the AP course before the exam if you can because it is one of the best ways to learn the material that will be on the exam, challenge yourself with university-level studies and build skills that increase your preparedness for university study. If your school doesn’t offer a particular AP course, you may prepare for the exam on your own. To prepare for the exam without taking the course, you should study the skills and content outlined in the course and exam description for your subject, which you can find on the specific course page. For most courses, this document also explains how your knowledge of the course content and skills is assessed on the exams.
Get to know the exams by reviewing free practice questions. The AP Program releases the free-response questions every year for exams that have them. We also offer free-response questions from past exams along with sample student responses and scoring guidelines so you can see why a real exam taker got the score they did.
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 university courses, and you need to understand the AP Calculus AB content before you can understand AP Calculus BC content.
Note: You cannot take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams in the same school year. Even if you’re taking both AP Calculus courses, you must choose only one AP Calculus Exam to take.
Can I take both AP Physics 1 and AP 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 AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, AP 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 AP 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.
Can I postpone an AP Exam to the next year?
No. If you cannot take an exam scheduled for this year, you will need to cancel or not sit for the exam. You will need to reregister for the exam next year. Be sure you are aware of your test center’s cancellation and refund policies before you register.
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 late testing (makeup exams) during the third week of May. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the Advanced Placement® Program (AP) is not permitted under any circumstances.
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 want to take, contact 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.
Can I take the AP Exam after completing grade 12?
AP Exams are designed for students who are in secondary school taking the corresponding AP course. For students who are no longer in secondary school, the CLEP program is the appropriate credit by examination program to consider. CLEP exams are developed by College Board and cover intro-level college/university course material. You should investigate your college or university’s policies on accepting CLEP scores for credit before taking those exams.
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, contact AP Services for Students or call +1 212-632-1780.