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,
Confirm All Students Who Plan to Test
UPDATE: By this date AP coordinators need to confirm in AP Registration and Ordering that the student roster is accurate and all students who plan to test during any exam administration have an Order Exam status of Yes, and submit updates, if any.
FRI, APR 1,
Publications and Resources Available
Moving Students to a Later Exam
Watch the AP Quick Start video to see how AP coordinators can:
- Move a student from Admin 1 to Admin 2
- Move one full section of an AP course from Admin 1 to Admin 2
- Move an entire AP course (all students and sections) from Admin 1 to Admin 2
- Manage testing accommodations when moving a student with approved accommodations from a paper and pencil exam to a digital exam
Digital Exam Readiness Dashboard
Beginning April 22, a new digital exam readiness dashboard will be available to AP coordinators through AP Registration and Ordering. The dashboard can be used to track the status of the digital exam readiness steps students need to take before and on exam day to ensure they’re able to test. Coordinators will also be able to use the dashboard to manage student requests for makeup digital exams and to access digital practice.
Extended Deadline: Art and Design, Capstone, and Computer Science Principles
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.
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. We encourage schools to help students who are homeschooled, independent study, attend virtual schools, or attend schools that don't administer 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 roster in AP Registration and Ordering by March 12.
You can order digital AP Exams from students outside your school by adding them to exam only sections and including them in your student roster with an "Order Exam" status of "Yes" for each applicable exam by March 12. And if it’s possible to do safely this year, you can offer in-person paper and pencil exams to students from outside your school.
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. The Terms and Conditions are available here. Students will receive reminders about reviewing the Terms and Conditions, and AP coordinators should ensure that students 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. Review details.
DAC App for Chromebooks
In 2021, a version of the Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app for Chromebook will be available as a recording method for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture as well as Music Theory Exams. In March, an updated Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App Overview, will be available for download. Review details about the DAC app.
Exam Booklet Updates
Starting in 2021, all exam subjects (except for Computer Science Principles) will have two exam booklets for the Section II free-response section:
- An orange booklet, which will contain the exam questions and/or reference information (varies by subject).
- A free-response booklet where students will write their responses. It’s important for students to understand that they must write their responses only in the free- response booklet. Although they can use the orange booklet to write notes and organize their thoughts, no credit will be given for anything written in the orange booklet. The proctor scripts in the 2020-21 AP Exam Instructions are updated to reflect this change.
For details, see the “Exam Booklets Overview” section in the 2020-21 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
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 changes to the process for returning paper and pencil exam materials from within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Details are in the 2020-21 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 and the Returning AP Exam Materials booklet provided with your exam shipment. There’s also a video walkthrough of the new process for returning exam materials.