What Students Need on Exam Day

You should make sure you have everything you need well before exam day. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the tools, reference sheets, and other resources that are required, recommended, or permitted for each exam.  Find some of the printable resources, such as reference sheets and keyboard guides, on References and Guides in the student section of this site.

If you don’t have a printer, ask your school for help getting printed copies of required or recommended documents. If that’s not possible, download them to your device.

Note that if your AP subject is not listed specifically by name in the table, you should follow the instructions list for “All, except for those with portfolio components.”

Subjects

What to Have Ready on Exam Day

All, except for those with portfolio components

Required

  • Exam ticket email
  • Completed Exam Day Checklist, including AP ID
  • Device: laptop, tablet, smartphone, desktop computer, with some exceptions for spoken AP world language exams (see below for subject-specific requirements)
  • Browser: Chrome (recommended), Firefox, Safari, or Edge
  • Internet or cellular connection
  • Assistive technology and devices (if applicable, for students approved to test with accommodations)

Recommended for students typing responses

  • Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Notes, or another app to enter and save text

Permitted

  • Your class notes or study guides
  • Textbooks and other classroom resources
  • Previous assignments or assessments

Additional Requirements for Specific Courses

Arts

Music Theory

Required

  • Smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera, microphone, and voice recording app
  • 2−3 printed or handwritten copies of the answer sheet template (.pdf/89 KB)

Permitted

  • Instruments, tuners, metronomes, and digital resources are permitted to assist in preparing answers. However, submitted responses must be created without these aids: Part-writing responses must be entirely handwritten on the answer sheet, and sight-singing responses must be performed entirely unaccompanied and unaltered. Please refer to the sample questions and instructions for more information.

Learn more about this exam.

History and Social Sciences

Macroeconomics
Microeconomics

Recommended

  • Scrap paper for sketching out graphs as an aid to answering the questions

Permitted

  • Calculator

Math and Computer Science

Calculus AB
Calculus BC

Recommended for students typing responses

Permitted

  • Calculator

Computer Science A

Required

Permitted

  • Interactive Development Environment (IDE) or compiler

Statistics

Required

Recommended for students typing responses

Permitted

  • Calculator

Sciences

Biology

Required

Chemistry

Required

Recommended for students typing responses

Permitted

  • Calculator

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Required

Permitted

  • Calculator

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Required

Permitted

  • Calculator

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Required

Permitted

  • Calculator

Physics C: Mechanics

Required

Permitted

  • Calculator

World Languages

Chinese Language and Culture
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Spanish Language and Culture

Required

  • iOS or Android smartphone or tablet with:
    • AP World Language Exam App installed (available week of May 11)
    • Access to the internet by Wi-Fi or cellular data
    • At least 30 MB of available storage
    • At least 25% battery charge (or connection to a power source)

Permitted

  • Paper and pen/pencil to take notes and prepare for tasks
  • Headphones with microphone (headphones without a microphone won't work)
  • Students may use a print, online, or app-based dictionary to look up words

Learn more about these exams.

Latin

Permitted

  • Students may use their translations and a dictionary (including online or app-based dictionaries)
  • Students typing their responses may want to turn off autocorrect before the exam

Spanish Literature and Culture

Permitted

  • Students may use a print, online, or app-based dictionary to look up words