We surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to test this year. Their answer: a resounding yes. So we developed secure, online free-response exams for each course. Here's what you should know about the 2020 AP Exam administration.
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 will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.
Students will be able to 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.
- Exams will be given May 11–22. Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
- Makeup test dates will be available for each subject June 1–5.
- Students can take the exam at home or in schools, if they reopen.
Get Ready for Exam Day
Review the 2020 AP Testing Guide for detailed information on how to prepare for your exam, and what to expect on exam day.
Visit Getting Ready for Exam Day to see directions for preparing to take online AP Exams. Go to Course-Specific Exam Information on the exam schedule page to find your course and learn more about your specific exam.
These pages will get you familiar with how the online exams work. Be sure to explore them well before exam day.
- Go to The Exam Day Experience demo for a video of how the online exam will work and an interactive demo that simulates the online exam experience.
- Learn about the new, free AP World Languages Exam App (AP WLEA) and how to use it for taking AP Exams in world languages and cultures.
- See special instructions for taking the AP Music Theory Exam.
- If you’re taking an AP Art and Design portfolio exam, go to the updated demo on submitting your Art and Design portfolio.
- Visit Submission Guidelines to learn the different ways you can submit your responses: attaching a text file; attaching photos; copying and pasting; and attaching an audio file (only for the AP Music Theory Exam).
- Review Troubleshooting Tips for AP 2020 Exams so you can head off technical issues.
Testing accommodations for this year's exams will still be provided for students who have been approved for them by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Learn how accommodations will be provided this year.
After Exam Day
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.
Learn how we'll make sure that 2020 exams are secure and fair to all students.
If you have a conflict and need to request a makeup exam, do not try to use your May e-ticket for the June makeup exam. We’ll send you a different e-ticket two days before the makeup exam date.
If you experience any disruption during your May exam, you’ll be able to request an e-ticket for the June makeup exams within 48 hours of your original exam date. Here’s how.
- Go to the AP Makeup Testing Request Form.
- Fill in the form with the required information and a description of what happened.
- Submit the form with your original e-ticket.
After we review your form, you’ll receive an email approving or denying your request. If your request is approved, we’ll send you a makeup e-ticket two days before the makeup exam.