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Use this master timeline to plan ahead, understand when additional testing information will be available, and keep track of key 2021 exam dates and deadlines.

For a more in-depth view for managing your AP program, refer to the AP coordinator calendar.

  1. 2021

    February

    Plan Your Exam Administration

    AP teachers, coordinators, and school leaders should discuss the testing options and make tentative decisions about which to use.

  2. 2021

    Mid-February

    2020-21 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 Available

    The coordinator’s manual explains the policies and procedures for administering paper and pencil exams.

  3. 2021

    March 2

    Digital Testing Update

    We’ll provide the AP Digital Testing Guide and additional logistical details for AP coordinators on in-school and at-home digital testing, including: assigning students to later exam dates, technical requirements, installing the exam app on school-managed devices, accommodations, and readiness procedures and practice options.

  4. 2021

    March

    Begin Updating Testing Dates, if Needed

    Starting this month, AP coordinators can use AP Registration and Ordering to update the testing date for any AP student, as needed. After March, schools will continue to have the option to assign students to a later administration.

  5. 2021

    March 12

    • 11:59 p.m. ET

    AP Exam Spring Course Orders and Fall Order Changes

    By this deadline, AP coordinators 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.

  6. 2021

    April 8

    Digital Testing Application Available

    The digital testing application required to take AP digital exams this year becomes available to students and educators. School and district technology staff can begin the process of pushing the application to school-managed devices or making the application installable on school-managed devices.

  7. 2021

    April

    Schools Receive Student AP ID Label Sheets and Paper and Pencil Exam Materials

    If an AP coordinator decides to shift a student to digital testing after receiving these materials, the AP coordinator will simply need to ship the materials back unused. There will be no fee for unused exam materials.

  8. 2021

    April–June

    Students Install Exam Application and Practice for Digital Exams

    Students taking digital exams complete the required step of downloading the digital testing application before exam day. Students will then be able to access digital exam practice for each of their exam subjects, enabling the school to confirm the viability of students’ technology before exam day. Students who practice using the digital testing app will experience the exam day flow and each type of multiple-choice and free-response question they’ll encounter on exam day.

  9. 2021

    April 30

    • 11:59 p.m. EDT

    Finalize Student Fee Reduction Status in AP Registration and Ordering

  10. 2021

    May 3–7, 10–12, 14, 17

    Administration 1 AP Exams: In School Only

  11. 2021

    May

    Switch Students to Administration 2 Digital Exams

    AP coordinators can switch students with existing exam orders to Administration 2 digital exams until 11:59 p.m. EDT 7 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date. For example, AP Macroeconomics is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, during Administration 2. The deadline for an AP coordinator to switch the student to this exam in AP Registration and Ordering is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 12 (7 calendar days before the exam).

  12. 2021

    May 7

    Switch Students to Administration 2 Paper Exams (Outside U.S.)

    This is the last day for AP coordinators outside of the United States to switch students with existing exam orders to paper and pencil exams and/or Chinese and Japanese exams in Administration 2.

  13. 2021

    May 14

    Switch Students to Administration 2 Paper Exams (U.S.)

    This is the last day for AP coordinators in the United States to switch students with existing exam orders to paper and pencil exams and/or Chinese and Japanese exams in Administration 2.

  14. 2021

    May–June

    Students Complete Digital Exam Setup for Each of Their Administration 2 and Administration 3 Digital Exams

    Exam setup will be available three days before exam day and must be completed no later than the day before exam day. Students must complete setup for each digital exam they take, on the device they plan to use for testing.

  15. 2021

    May 18–28

    Administration 2 AP Exams: In School and At Home

  16. 2021

    May 20

    • 11:59 p.m. ET

    Submit AP Art and Design Portfolios

    AP coordinators must forward students’ portfolios to the AP Program via the AP Art and Design digital submission web application by this deadline.

  17. 2021

    May 20

    • 11:59 p.m. EDT

    Submit AP Seminar, AP Research and AP Computer Science Principles Performance Tasks

    AP students taking the exam in these courses must submit their performance tasks as final via AP Digital Portfolio by this deadline.

  18. 2021

    May 26

    Switch Students to Administration 3 Paper Exams (All locations)

    This is the last day for AP coordinators to switch students with existing exam orders to paper and pencil exams and/or Chinese and Japanese exams in Administration 3.

  19. 2021

    May–June

    Switch Students to Administration 3 Digital Exams

    AP coordinators can switch students with existing exam orders to Administration 3 digital exams until 11:59 p.m. EDT 7 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date. For example, AP Biology is scheduled for Friday, June 11, during Administration 3. The deadline for an AP coordinator to switch the student to this exam in AP Registration and Ordering is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 4 (7 calendar days before the exam).

  20. 2021

    June 1–11

    Administration 3 AP Exams: In School and At Home

  21. 2021

    June 7

    Last Day for Schools to Ship Exam Materials

    This is the final deadline for schools to ship back exam materials. Schools are billed twice the fee for each exam in shipments returned after this date. This is an update to the previous deadline of June 1 for the AP Program to receive materials. This deadline has been updated due to the change in the 2021 exam schedule.

  22. 2021

    June 20

    Students Indicate Free Score Recipients

    Students can send their scores for free to one recipient every year that they take AP Exams. They need to sign in to My AP, go to My AP Profile, select the Score Send tab, and choose the college, university, or scholarship organization that they want to receive their score report.

  23. 2021

    June 25

    Postmark Deadline: Return AP Exam Invoices and Payment

  24. 2021

    July

    Administration 1 and 2 Scores Released

    AP score reports are available to designated colleges, students, high schools, and districts.

  25. 2021

    Mid-August

    Administration 3 Scores Released

    AP score reports are available to designated colleges, students, high schools, and districts.