(Updated: March 2, 2021) There are a few updates related to exam ordering deadlines. The table below provides a summary of the updates, with details below. All details on this page are in the Moving Students to a Later Exam Date section in the AP Digital Testing Guide.
|By March 12||
AP coordinators ensure all students who intend to test during any exam administration have an Order Exam status of Yes in the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering.
|By April 1||
AP coordinators indicate orders for paper and pencil AP Exams or AP Chinese and Japanese exams in AP Registration and Ordering for any exam administration (Administration 1, 2, or 3).
|After April 1||
AP coordinators can assign students to digital AP Exam dates if needed (until 7 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date).
AP Registration and Ordering is now updated with the Administration 1–3 exam dates. See the Moving Students to a Later Exam Date section in the AP Digital Testing Guide for step-by-step instructions about switching a student to a later exam administration date. As usual, AP coordinators will continue to manage all order changes. Students won’t be able to change exam dates on their own, and it remains the AP coordinator’s role to determine if multiple exam administrations will be offered by your school.
By March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), the only thing AP coordinators need to do in AP Registration and Ordering is confirm their 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.
- Schools don’t need to reach a final decision by March 12 about whether they’ll offer paper and pencil exams or digital exams this year—you’ll have another 3 weeks to finalize your plans about whether you can administer traditional paper and pencil exams this year.
- AP coordinators should still update their exam roster by March 12 to account for changes such as transfer students, students who have dropped or added a course, or exam cancellations. This helps AP coordinators ensure the accuracy of their exam order.
By April 1, schools need to determine whether they plan to administer in-school paper and pencil exams.
- The AP coordinator needs to indicate exam orders for paper and pencil exams for any administration—Administration 1, 2, or 3—and submit the updates to the order in AP Registration and Ordering.
- If your school prefers to administer paper and pencil exams but you’re still uncertain if local conditions will allow for in-school testing, then by April 1 indicate a paper and pencil exam order for the exam administration(s) your school would like to offer. Submitting paper and pencil exam orders by April 1 will ensure that orders can be processed and exams can ship in time for the administration. You can switch students later to an available digital exam date if needed.
After April 1, you can update exam dates if needed:
- Digital Exams: AP coordinators can reassign students to digital exams up to 7 calendar days before the scheduled exam date. For a list of deadlines by subject for reassigning students to a digital exam, see the How to Move Students to a Later Exam Date section in the AP Digital Testing Guide.
- Paper Exams and Chinese and Japanese Exams: If something unexpected occurs that requires a school to move students to a later paper and pencil exam date—such as an illness, incident, or unforeseen school closure—then schools may switch an existing exam order to a later available paper and pencil date in AP Registration and Ordering by these deadlines:
- Administration 2: Paper or Chinese or Japanese Exams: May 7 for exams outside the United States (includes U.S. territories and Canada); May 14* for exams in the United States.
- Administration 3: Paper or Chinese or Japanese Exams: May 26 for exams in all locations.
*Note: Because AP Statistics is administered on May 17 during Administration 1, contact AP Services for Educators immediately if something occurs during that administration that requires students to retest during Administration 2.
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