Exam Scoring and Earning Credit and Placement

Score Reporting

As usual, students' work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP readers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. This year, all AP Exams will be scored online. See the 2020 AP Reading dates.

AP score reports will be released on AP Score Reports for Educators starting on July 15 with Subject Score Rosters and Student Score Reports. Additional reports will be released throughout the month. For more details, view the educator access schedule.

Scores will be released to students starting between July 15 and July 17, depending on their physical location. Check the access schedule to see when students will be able to access their scores.

As in past years, some scores will not be available during the initial reporting window. Students who tested in the June 22–30 exception testing window or submitted their responses via the backup email submission option will receive those scores by August 7. These students will receive an email when their outstanding scores are available and educator reports will be refreshed daily.

  • Students who tested May 11–22: Most of these students will receive scores when they are released starting July 15–17. Some students who submitted their responses by email may experience delays.
  • Students who tested June 1–5: Most students who tested in the June 1–5 makeup window will receive their scores when they are released starting July 15–17. Some students, including students who submitted their responses by email, may experience delays.
  • Students who tested June 22–30: Students who tested in the June 22–30 exception window will not receive scores until late summer at the earliest.

In all cases, students will receive an email when their delayed scores are available and educator reports will be refreshed daily.

To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, we'll provide every AP teacher with their students' responses from the online exams beginning May 26. Student responses from the June 1–5 makeup exam window will be available on June 30. Administrators and teachers can individually determine whether they'd like to use these results locally as part of a course grade or as a final exam.

Credit and Placement

We're confident that the vast majority of higher education institutions will award credit and/or placement as they have in the past. We've spoken with admissions officers at hundreds of institutions across the United States who support our solution for this year's AP Exams. We are also actively reaching out to universities outside the U.S. to ensure awareness of the unique context of this year's AP test-at-home solution.

Sending Scores

In order to get college credit or placement for their AP scores, students need to send an official score report to their college or university. They have until June 30 to sign in to My AP and send one score report for free—each student gets one free score send each year they take an AP Exam—and that score report will include their scores from this year and any previous years. Additional score reports can also be sent, for a fee, online. Score reports include both this year's and past AP Exam scores. For more information about sending scores and other services, visit the AP Students website.

 

FAQs

Because of changes in exam structure and development timelines associated with the 2020 exams, we are unfortunately unable to provide IPRs based on 2020 exams. We will continue working toward launching the new IPR format and reporting structure in 2021. Teachers who used AP Classroom this year can continue to use the feedback provided on units and skills to inform their instructional planning.

Due to their shorter duration, this year’s AP Calculus BC Exams do not sufficiently assess the subsets of material required to calculate AB subscores in Calculus BC. However, this does not affect the calculation or validity of the AP Exam scores for the full exam in this course.

Due to their shorter duration, this year’s AP Music Theory Exams do not sufficiently assess the subsets of material required to calculate aural and nonaural subscores. However, this does not affect the calculation or validity of the AP Exam scores for the full exam in this course.