Taking the AP Exams

Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students, and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they've been working towards. So we developed secure, online free-response exams for each course.

The administration of these exams is necessarily different from exams in previous years. For a detailed overview of how the 2020 exams work and what students need to know and do, download the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/513 KB).

Exam Features

To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams are open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.

Students can take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.

Exam Timing

  • Exams were administered May 11–22 (primary exam dates) and June 1–5 (makeup dates).
  • A small number of students are eligible to take exams in the exception testing window (June 22–30). As with the primary and makeup exam, each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

Before Exam Day

Go to The Exam Day Experience for:

  • A video overview of how the online exam works
  • An interactive demo that simulates the online exam experience

Go to What Students Need on Exam Day for a comprehensive list of the tools, reference sheets, and other resources that are required, recommended, or permitted for each exam.

You might also want to visit Getting Ready for Exam Day on the student section of this site to see detailed directions—both general and course-specific—for students preparing to take online AP Exams.

Send your students to check out our troubleshooting tips page before exam day so they can head off technical issues.

Exam Day and After

Get information about exam scoring, the score release timeline, and why we believe that most colleges will award credit for 2020 scores as they have in the past.

Teachers can access the responses of their students who took the AP Exam, as well as the questions they responded to, starting on May 26.

Exam Security

Learn how we're making sure that 2020 exams are secure and fair to all students.