What You Need to Know About 2021 AP Exams

The exam schedule has changed. Each subject now has three testing dates, one in each of the following testing windows:

Administration 1
May 3–7, 10–12, 14, 17
In School
Administration 2
May 18–21, 24–28
In School and At Home
Administration 3
June 1–4, 7–11
In School and At Home


  • Schools make all decisions about which exams are offered. Students won’t be able to choose exam dates on their own. Beginning in early March, AP coordinators will be able to assign students to Administration 2 and/or 3 exams, if needed.
  • Paper and pencil AP Exams will still be given. In Administration 1, traditional paper and pencil AP Exams and Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture exams will be administered in school. In Administration 2 and 3, traditional exams are given for some subjects, including nine subjects (French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture; Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture computer-based exams, Latin, Music Theory, and Spanish Literature and Culture) that can only be administered in a proctored school setting.
  • Digital exams will be available for many subjects in Administration 2 and Administration 3. If your school building is closed or you can’t test in person for safety reasons, your school can authorize you to take a digital exam at home.


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