Taking AP in India

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Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you if you’re already registered to take the May 2020 AP Exams:

  • You can now access free, live, and on-demand AP classes and review sessions led by AP teachers on YouTube.
  • For this year only, you have the option to test online at home.

Visit AP Updates for Students Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the latest information, including the daily AP online course schedule and details about the exam schedule, format, and content.

Taking AP Exams in 2020

The new 2020 AP Exam primary testing period is May 11-22, with makeup exams available June 1-5. The original regular testing dates (May 4-15) and late testing dates (May 20-22) are no longer valid.

If you’re already registered to take a May 2020 AP Exam, you’ll be able to take it at home using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If your test center is open, you may also be able to test on-site.

During the primary testing period, the exam for each AP subject will be offered twice, on two different days. You can test on either day as long as you’re already registered with an authorized test center. See the new 2020 AP Exam schedule.

If you’d prefer to cancel your AP Exam, the College Board won’t charge any fees, but your test center might.

You should contact your test center for the following reasons:

  • To get help accessing the AP Exams online
  • To find out if you’ll have the option of testing at the test center
  • To cancel your exams
  • To ask questions about your registration

Find your test center in the chart below (alphabetized by city) and click on the corresponding link under the “Contact for Info” column to send an email to your test center.

City Test Center Name Contact for Info
AHMEDABAD AHMEDABAD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MS SHIVANGI PANCHAL
AMRITSAR SPRING DALE SENIOR SCHOOL MS. PARAMJIT GUPTA
BANGALORE BANGALORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ANJANA GUPTA
CHENNAI USIEF SHANTHI MOHAN
HYDERABAD CHIREC INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SONY SHARMA
INDORE THE EMERALD HEIGHTS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL VANDANA MURJANI
JAIPUR JAYSHREE PERIWAL HIGH SCHOOL ANKITA SHARMA
KOLKATA USIEF SUDARSHAN SAHA
LUCKNOW CITY MONTESSORI INTER COLLEGE SADAF FATIMA
LUDHIANA SAT PAUL MITTAL SCHOOL SUPRIYA KHURANA
MUMBAI USIEF DEBORAH ROSARIO
NEW DELHI USIEF MEGHA YADAV
NOIDA ALLIANCE WORLD SCHOOL MAMOON FARID
RAJKOT THE GALAXY SCHOOL SHRENIK SHETH
VISAKHAPATNAM OAKRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MS.HIMA BINDU

AP Exam Policies That Haven’t Changed

  • You can’t take an AP Exam in a given subject more than once in the same year.
  • You can’t take both Calculus AB and Calculus BC in the same year.
  • You can’t retake an exam in the same year. You may retake it in a subsequent year.
  • You can take any or all of the 4 Physics exams in the same year.

Resources

FAQs

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.

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.

Yes, you can take Physics 1 and Physics 2, as well as one or both of the Physics C exams, in the same year. Learn more about the AP Physics courses and exams.

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.

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.

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.

  1. Get familiar with the course material and exam format by reviewing the detailed information on the AP Courses and Exams page.
  2. Review the exam practice tips and calculator policy, if applicable.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Visit Find Universities That Recognize AP [add link to step page] to find out how to learn which universities around the world consider AP Exam scores for admission, credit, advanced course placement, and/or scholarships.

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.

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 this system.

Visit the About AP Exams page to get answers to other frequently asked questions from students.

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.