2021 AP Exam Calendar

Administration 1
May 3–7, 10–12, 14, 17
In School

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Administration 2
May 18–21, 24–28
In School and At Home

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Administration 3
June 1–4, 7–11
In School and At Home

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The 2021 exam schedule provides three testing dates (Administrations 1, 2, and 3) for each subject between early May and mid-June.

  • In Administration 1, all exams are paper and pencil*, administered in school.
  • In Administration 2, half of the subjects are paper and pencil*, administered in school, and half are digital, administered in school or taken at home.
  • In Administration 3, most subjects are digital, administered in school or taken at home.

*Includes Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture exams. As always, these exams are computer based and administered in schools.

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.

Start Times

  • As always, paper and pencil exams and Chinese and Japanese exams have local start times and can begin up to 1 hour after the official start time (i.e., 8–9 a.m. local time for morning exams, 12–1 p.m. local time for afternoon exams, and 2–3 p.m. local time for Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism).
  • However, digital exams have synchronous start times worldwide, and automatically begin at the same official start time everywhere: 12 p.m. EDT and 4 p.m. EDT.

Exams with Digital Portfolios

We’ve extended the deadline for final digital submission of AP Art and Design portfolios and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP), AP Seminar, and AP Research performance tasks to Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT, to support students and teachers impacted by delayed school start dates. The AP Seminar end-of-course exam will be administered during the three administration windows.

 

Administration 1

WEEK 1: Paper, In School

 

8:00 a.m. Local Time

12:00 p.m. Local Time

2:00 p.m. Local Time

Monday,
May 3, 2021

United States Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Tuesday,
May 4, 2021

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

German Language and Culture

Human Geography

 

Wednesday,
May 5, 2021

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture (computer-based)

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

 

Thursday,
May 6, 2021

United States History

Art History

Computer Science A

 

Friday,
May 7, 2021

Chemistry

Spanish Literature and Culture

European History

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

 

Administration 1

WEEK 2: Paper, In School

8:00 a.m. Local Time

12:00 p.m. Local Time

Monday,
May 10, 2021

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Macroeconomics

Tuesday,
May 11, 2021

Seminar

Spanish Language and Culture

Latin

Psychology

Wednesday,
May 12, 2021

English Language and Composition

Microeconomics

Music Theory

Thursday,
May 13, 2021*

NO EXAMS SCHEDULED

Friday,
May 14, 2021

Biology

Italian Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture (computer-based)

Environmental Science

Monday,
May 17, 2021*

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science Principles

Statistics

*Exams previously scheduled for Thursday, May 13, will now be given on Monday, May 17.

 

Administration 2

WEEK 1: Digital, In School and At Home

 

12 noon

Eastern Daylight Time
4 p.m.

Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday,
May 18, 2021

English Literature and Composition

Computer Science A

Wednesday,
May 19, 2021

European History

United States History

Art History

Macroeconomics

Thursday,
May 20, 2021

United States Government and Politics

World History: Modern

Psychology

Administration 2

WEEK 1: Paper, In School

 

8:00 a.m. Local Time

12:00 p.m. Local Time

Friday,
May 21, 2021

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture (computer-based)

Latin

Spanish Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture (computer-based)

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Music Theory

Spanish Literature and Culture

Administration 2

WEEK 2: Paper, In School

 

8:00 a.m. Local Time

12:00 p.m. Local Time

Monday,
May 24, 2021

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Physics C: Mechanics

Tuesday,
May 25, 2021

Chemistry

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Statistics

Administration 2

WEEK 2: Digital, At Home or In School

 

12 noon

Eastern Daylight Time
4 p.m.

Eastern Daylight Time

Wednesday,
May 26, 2021

English Language and Composition

Computer Science Principles

Seminar

Thursday,
May 27, 2021

Biology

Environmental Science

Friday,
May 28, 2021

Comparative Government and Politics

Human Geography

Microeconomics

Note: If you have a conflict that prevents you from being able to test on an Administration 3 date or you experience an issue during Administration 3 testing, makeup digital exam dates are available during Administration 4. See details.

Administration 3

WEEK 1: Digital, At Home or In School

 

12 noon
Eastern Daylight Time
4 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday,
June 1, 2021

English Literature and Composition

Computer Science A

Wednesday,
June 2, 2021

European History

United States History

Art History

Macroeconomics

Thursday,
June 3, 2021

United States Government and Politics

World History: Modern

Psychology

Administration 3

WEEK 1: Paper, In School

 

8 a.m. Local Time

12 p.m. Local Time

Friday,
June 4, 2021

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture (computer-based)

Latin

Spanish Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture (computer-based)

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Music Theory

Spanish Literature and Culture

Administration 3

WEEK 2: Digital, In School and At Home

 

12 noon
Eastern Daylight Time
4 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

Monday,
June 7, 2021

English Language and Composition

Computer Science Principles

Seminar

Tuesday,
June 8, 2021

Comparative Government and Politics

Human Geography

Microeconomics

Wednesday,
June 9, 2021

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Physics C: Mechanics

Thursday,
June 10, 2021

Chemistry

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Statistics

Friday,
June 11, 2021

Biology

Environmental Science

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