Taking AP in India

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.

You’ll find the updated AP Exam Schedule and more updates on AP Students.

Details about how these changes affect students who have already registered for AP Exams as well as new registrants will be communicated by your selected authorized test center.

Exam Registration at Authorized Test Centers

Registration is open from February 11 and ends between March 8-12, 2021 depending on the test center.

AP Exam registration in India is managed by authorized AP 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.

City State Test Center and Registration and Updates Accepting New Registrations?
Ahmedabad Gujarat Ahmedabad International School Yes
Amritsar Punjab Mount Litera Zee School Yes
Amritsar Punjab Spring Dale Senior School Yes
Bangalore Karnataka Bangalore International School Yes
Bangalore Karnataka Neev Academy No
Bhubaneswar Odisha SAI International School Yes
Chandigarh Chandigarh St. Kabir Public School Yes
Chennai Tamil Nadu KC High International School Yes
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu CS Academy, Coimbatore Yes
Dehradun Uttarakhand Hopetown Girls School Yes
Delhi Delhi NCR Amity International School, Pushp Vihar Yes
Hyderabad Telangana Chirec International School Yes
Hyderabad Telangana Oakridge International School, Bachupally No
Indore Madhya Pradesh Emerald Heights International School Yes
Jaipur Rajasthan Jayshree Periwal High School Yes
Lucknow Uttar Pradesh City Montessori School CMS Yes
Ludhiana Punjab Sat Paul Mittal School Yes
Mumbai Maharashtra Jamnabai Narsee School No
Noida Delhi NCR Alliance World School Yes
Rajkot Gujarat The Galaxy School Yes
Vishakaptnam Andhra Pradesh Oakridge International, Vizag Yes


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 Administration 1. Instead, you may choose to take one of the conflicting exams during Administration 2, or Administration 3 if you have a clash during the Administration 2 exam date.


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.

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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.

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Will I be able to take AP Exams at home in 2021?

In the event that a test center is unable to conduct an exam administration in person, test centers will work with students to reschedule to a digital exam option for most subjects in Administrations 2 or 3 as applicable.

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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.  

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Can I take an AP Exam after I complete Grade 12?

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. 

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Do universities outside the U.S. and Canada accept AP 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.

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Which AP courses offer daily online videos?

Check AP Students for more information about free, online review sessions offered by AP.

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When does registration for the 2021 AP Exam begin?

Late Registrations for the 2021 AP Exams will be announced soon.

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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.

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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. Also: You can not take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams in the same school year.

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Can I take both Physics 1 and Physics 2 exams? Can I take all four physics exams?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Learn more about the benefits of taking AP.

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Is there an alternative schedule for AP Exams that is not in May?

All students taking AP Exams do so typically only in May. For 2021 only, additional test dates are offered in late May and early June in response to the ongoing pandemic.

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My school doesn’t offer the AP course I want to take. How can I prepare for the exam?

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.
  5. Look for free online review sessions provided by AP. Go to AP Students for details.

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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. Select a course, then click “Example Textbook List.” You can also contact United States–India Educational Foundation for guidance.

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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.

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Where can I check the AP credit policies of colleges?

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

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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.

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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.

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Who administers AP Exams in India?

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.

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How do I get my AP Exam scores?

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.

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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 this system.

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How can I get answers to other questions about AP?

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

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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.

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