Exam Policies and Guidelines

All AP students deserve a fair and uniform testing experience, whether they are taking the exam in Connecticut, California, or China. To make sure this happens, we require exam takers to follow these policies and procedures.

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You must agree, in writing, to follow our policies.

For paper and pencil exams, you’ll sign your answer sheet on exam day to acknowledge that you’ve read and agree to follow all the test security and administration policies and procedures listed in the 2021 AP Exam Terms and Conditions. If you’re taking a digital exam, you’ll acknowledge that you agree to the Terms and Conditions before exam day.

You also must affirm security statements.

You will also need to sign the covers of your multiple-choice and free-response booklets, affirming statements related to the security of the exam. For digital exams you’ll type out a security statement when you check in on exam day.

If the policies aren’t followed, your exam score could be canceled.

If your testing does not adhere to the test security and test administration policies and procedures—even if it’s not your fault—College Board reserves the right to cancel your AP Exam score.

The penalty for cheating is serious.

If College Board finds that you have deliberately gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test, or otherwise threatened the integrity of the test, we will prohibit you from taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or AP Exams.

Digital AP Exams have specific policies and procedures.

If you’re taking a digital AP Exam, you must follow all policies and procedures specific to digital testing.


You can take an AP Exam each time it’s offered. Exams are administered once a year in May. Your score report will include your scores for all the AP Exams you have taken unless you request that one or more scores be withheld or canceled.

If an issue or incident occurs during your AP Exam, you might be eligible for a makeup exam during the current administration. If you need to take a makeup paper AP Exam or AP Chinese or AP Japanese Exam, your AP coordinator will need to submit the order request. If you need to take a makeup digital AP Exam, you can submit a request through My AP. Review details about submitting a makeup digital exam request.

If two of the exams you want to take are scheduled for the same time, ask your AP coordinator for information about taking one of the exams during the late-testing period. You may still register for both.

Students can’t choose an exam date on their own. Your AP coordinator will tell you which testing options (paper or digital) and exam dates are available for your school this year and let you know what steps you need to take.

You are not permitted to bring food or drink, including bottled water, into the exam room (unless approved as an accommodation by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities office). During the 10-minute break between Sections 1 and 2 of the exam, with the proctor’s permission, you can leave the exam room to get a drink of water or a snack.

Although AP Exams are administered under strict supervision and secure conditions, misconduct or testing irregularities may occur. Please contact the Office of Testing Integrity as soon as possible if you observe behavior that is in violation of College Board’s test security and test administration policies or procedures.

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