New! There are updates to the 2021 AP Exam schedule and available testing options. Three testing dates (Administrations 1, 2, and 3) will be available for each subject between early May and mid-June. Digital testing options will be available for many subjects during Administrations 2 and 3. Review details about the 2021 AP Exam administration and considerations about each type of administration to determine which option will best meet your school’s needs this year.
AP Ordering Deadlines for 2021 AP Exams
FRI, OCT 2
FRI, NOV 13,
FRI, MAR 12,
Extended Deadline for Digital Submissions
We’ve extended the deadline for final digital submission of AP Art and Design portfolios and AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, and AP Research performance tasks to May 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT.
AP Central Site Updates
Based on feedback from AP coordinators and teachers, we’ve made some changes to the AP Central website. The AP Coordinators section has been renamed Exam Administration, Ordering & Scores. This section still has everything you need to know about ordering and administering the exam—and now on getting scores, too. You can find the annual calendar, important updates, and resources here in the AP 2020-21 Updates section. The Learning and Development section has been split into two sections: Professional Learning and Instructional Resources.
Important Notes About Spring Course Orders and Fall Order Changes
Friday, March 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline to submit exam orders for spring courses and known changes to your fall exam orders. By this deadline, you should:
- Ensure that exams for every student who plans to test this year—including students in spring semester classes, transfer students, and homeschool students who may test at your school—are included in your exam order in AP Registration and Ordering.
- Assign students to a later test date if your school is certain that the students won’t be able to test during Administration 1.
- Leave students in Administration 1 if your school is not certain whether students will need to test later, since you can shift them to Administration 2 or 3 after March 12.
2020-21 AP Exam Fees
The base exam fee is increasing by $1 for the 2021 AP Exams. The base exam fees are:
- $95 per exam at schools in the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada, and DoDEA schools
- $125 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada, with the exception of DoDEA schools (Fees may vary for exams at College Board–authorized test centers outside the U.S.)
- $143 per exam for AP Capstone™ (AP Seminar or AP Research)
The College Board fee reduction amount is increasing to $33 per exam for eligible students.
The late-order and late-testing fees aren’t changing. Those amounts remain $40 per exam.
Unused/Canceled Exam Fee Won’t Be Applied in 2020-21
We encourage every AP student to register for 2021 AP Exams by the exam ordering deadline—we’ll waive the unused/canceled exam fee for any student who later decides not to test. Exams ordered after November 13, 2020, for full-year and first-semester courses and exam only sections, are subject to the late order fee.
See Exam Fees for details.
Late Order Fee Waived for Homeschooled Students, Virtual School Students, Independent Study Students, and Students from Other Schools
Due to ongoing social distancing guidelines this year, students may need more time to find a school where they’ll be able to take AP Exams. This year, the AP Program will waive the late order fee for students who are added to your exam order after November 13. You’ll need to call AP Services for Educators to request that the late order fee be waived for a student added to your order after November 13. Homeschooled students, virtual school students, independent study students, and students from other schools must be included in your exam order by the March 12 spring course orders and fall order changes deadline.
New AP Daily videos are available in AP Classroom for every topic and skill in every unit. These videos can be used in person, online, and in blended learning environments. Students can watch them on their own or be assigned by their teachers. Learn more.
AP Terms and Conditions
Students must agree to the AP Terms and Conditions prior to taking any AP Exam. College Board will notify AP coordinators and students when these terms are available online. Once available, AP coordinators must ensure that students are directed to review these Terms and Conditions thoroughly in advance of taking an AP Exam.
AP Art and Design
In 2020-21, students will submit their work entirely online through the AP Art and Design digital submission web application. There will be no physical portfolios for AP Art and Design this year. Learn more about the AP Art and Design portfolio requirements.
AP Chinese and AP Japanese Language and Culture
In 2021, AP Chinese and AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams will be administered on a new online platform that can be accessed on PCs, Macs, or Chromebooks with an internet connection. CDs will no longer be used for these exams. Details will be provided in early 2021.
Extended Invoice Payment Deadline
Due to this year’s updated AP Exam schedule, with Administration 3 running until June 11, the postmark deadline for 2021 AP Exam payments to be submitted to the AP Program has been extended to June 25, 2021.
Returning Exam Materials
There are some updates about the process for returning paper-and-pencil exam materials. Details will be in the 2020-21 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1 2020-21
This manual provides detailed information about everything AP coordinators need to do from the start of the school year through the November 13 exam ordering deadline.
AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2 2020-21
This manual provides detailed information about this year’s paper and pencil AP Exams, including exam administration policies and procedures and post-exam tasks.