Taking AP Exams in 2021
The 2021 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks: May 3 –7 and May 10 – 14. Late-testing exams will be administered May 18 – 21.
Important! Students who wish to test in India must register with an authorized test center from September – early November 2020 for May 2021 exams.
Authorized Test Centers
Students may choose from authorized test centers across India. Each test center will provide registration and payment instructions, exams offered, and fees. Because test centers operate independently, exam selection, deadlines, fees, and processing may vary.
2021 AP Exam Registrations in India are now open until early November. Please check in with each test center for the deadline. Please note the registrations for all USIEF test centers will start in January 2021.
* Registrations start in January 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 time during the Regular Testing period. Instead, you may choose to take one of the conflicting exams during the Late Testing period.
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.
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.
We are planning for full-length, traditional AP Exams in 2021, with assessment that cover the full scope of the course. If safety concerns still prohibit schools from convening students for AP testing in May 2021, we will provide a contingency plan in the Spring.
Yes, as long as you are still under age 21 and have not started college. However, because AP course material can be challenging, we recommend taking the exam while you are still in school.
You should also check with the credit policy of your college or university, since they may have their own deadlines for accepting scores.
Yes, AP credits are accepted by over 700 Universities in over 60 countries, including the U.K. and Australia.
Use the AP Credit Policy Search Tool to read the AP credit policy of an international university, along with its list of AP subjects, required scores, and the number of credits allowed.
AP videos will be available for 32 courses, including: both English courses; all history and social science courses (including Art History); all science courses; all world language and culture courses (including AP Spanish Literature and Culture); all math courses; Computer Science A; and Music Theory.
Later in the school year, videos may be available for 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Drawing, Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, and AP Research.
Registration for the 2021 AP Exam is open from late September to early November. Exams are administered once a year in May.
That depends on school policies—as well as how you plan to use your scores. AP Exam scores are most often used to award college credits and/or advanced placement in college, while SAT Subject scores may be required for admission to a particular program.
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.
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. Also: You can’t take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams in the same school year.
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 necessary to administer them, such as computers or recording devices for the language exams and Music Theory.
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. Learn more about the benefits of taking AP.
No. All students taking AP Exams do so in May. Regular testing takes place during the first two weeks of the month, and a three-day late testing period during the third week of May may be an option for some students. It’s up to the school or test center to decide whether to offer late testing. Learn more about the AP late testing option.
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.”
Another option is to prepare for AP Exams on your own 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.
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. Select a course, then click “Example Textbook List.” You can also contact United States–India Educational Foundation for guidance.
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.
This varies by student. Work with your teacher to develop an AP Exam practice schedule that’s best for you.
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.
A few secondary schools in India, along with authorized AP test centers, administer AP Exams. Check with your school’s AP coordinator to confirm if you can register for and take exams at your school. If your school doesn’t offer an AP Exam you want to take, you may register with another test centers. If a test center in India doesn’t offer an exam you wish to take, email AP Services for Students or call +1 212-632-1780) to find a testing locations that accept external students.
First, create or log in to your College Board account . If you haven’t already, sign up for a College Board account at https://apscore.org. If you already have an account for SAT or other College Board programs, try signing in first at apscore.org. You can use your SAT account to get your AP scores. Scores are released to students and schools online beginning in July. The score release schedule will be posted on https://apscore.org. The same website also has a video and other resources to help you get your scores.
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.