- Log in to AP Registration and Ordering and access the Students page.
- Set a Courses filter for AP English Literature and Composition or AP World History: Modern.
- Update the Exam Date field from “Std-Paper” to “Std-Digital” for applicable students. Use multi-select to update multiple students at once (see page 87 of the 2021-22 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1).
- Submit the order update no later than March 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET.
You can switch students back to “Std-Paper”, if needed, but make sure to do this by March 15. If your school offers these subjects as second-semester courses, you can submit a new order for these exams in the spring, but no later than March 15.
No. On the My Classes page, AP teachers can only see that a student is registered to take the exam, not whether it is a paper or digital exam. Only the AP coordinator can modify the exam mode, in AP Registration and Ordering. Students won’t have information about the exam mode in My AP.
No. Participating schools can make local decisions about offering digital and paper and pencil exam modes. Final decisions must be updated in AP Registration and Ordering and submitted no later than March 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET. Note: if you are administering both in-school digital and paper modes of the same AP Exam, you must test students in separate rooms using separate proctors.
Yes. Schools selected to participate in the in-school digital administration will be able to change the exam mode back to paper, if needed, through March 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET.
The AP coordinator should access AP Registration and Ordering, switch the exam order for all impacted students from regular to late testing, and submit an update to their order. After May 13, contact AP Services for Educators. Note that the exam mode for late testing is paper only. Since the cause of late testing is beyond the control of the school and the student, no additional late testing fee is applied.
About In-School Digital AP Exams
- 2022 in-school digital exams require proctors and may not be taken at home
- Students will be able to go back and forth between questions within a section or part
- The student testing app must be downloaded on the testing device before exam day; no setup is required
- Shared devices (e.g., laptop cart or computer lab) and iPads with keyboards are permitted
- Section start times are not synchronous or controlled by the digital testing app—proctors control the start of Section 1, giving students the exam start code up to one hour after the official local start time in the published AP Exam schedule
- Proctors use a web application called Test Day Toolkit to take attendance, start exams, and monitor students’ progress
- 2022 in-school digital exams are full-length exams with multiple-choice and free-response questions
- Once the exam is started, timing is controlled by the digital testing app; students can view or hide a countdown timer
- Most accommodations, such as extended time, are supported in the digital testing app
- Internet access is required to test and submit responses, but students will be able to continue testing even if their connection drops momentarily during the exam
- Students will be able to highlight and annotate exam content
- Schools or districts that manage device software installation will need to push the digital testing app, or otherwise make it available for student use; students can also directly download and install the digital testing app
- Same exam dates and times
- Same number of sections, number and type of questions, question choice (if applicable), and timing
- Similar room setup, seating, spacing, and proctor/student ratio requirements—see AP Coordinator Planning for details
- Same score reporting timeline
- In-school digital exams will be included in Instructional Planning Reports
Exam Administration Planning
The in-school digital exams must be administered by schools according to the AP Exam schedule’s official start date and time. Proctors will have control of the exact exam start time like they do with paper exams (no later than one hour after the official local start time).
See AP Coordinator Planning for details on room and seating requirements for in-school digital exams.
Yes. Schools administering both in-school digital and paper modes of the same AP Exam must test students in separate rooms using separate proctors. This is because digital and paper and pencil exams have different instructions and exam day procedures.
See Exam Day for an overview of the proctor’s role and the steps they need to take to give in-school digital AP Exams.
See Testing Devices for information about supported testing devices.
Devices used for AP testing can be either assigned to individual students (1-to-1) or shared and used by multiple students for exams in different subjects via laptop cart or computer lab. Students may use personal devices if supported by the school's device policies. Because each in-school digital AP Exam is administered to all students at the same time, you will need a separate device for each student taking the digital AP Exam in each subject.
Schools have the flexibility to require students to test on their school/district issued devices, use common devices from a laptop cart or computer lab, allow students to use supported personal devices that meet school and AP Program requirements, or any of these devices in combination.
No, the app used for 2021 at-home and in-school digital testing will not be used for 2022 in-school digital testing. Schools should uninstall the 2021 testing app from all devices that will be used for 2022 in-school testing. Launching the 2021 app will display a screen with instructions to uninstall the app. The 2022 in-school digital testing app is now available for download and installation at CB Digital Exams Installation Website.
The 2022 in-school digital testing app is now available for download and installation at CB Digital Exams Installation Website.
No. The student testing app should be downloaded before exam day. However, students don’t need to complete setup or check-in before exam day, as they did in 2021. On exam day, the student will complete brief check-in steps in the exam room, immediately before the exam begins.
No. Students’ computers must be fully charged and capable of lasting the duration of the exam. The exam rooms/locations you select for digital exams should have power outlets/power strips so students can plug in their devices, if needed.
Note: Students who will be testing with extended time will need to have their devices plugged in due to the longer exam length.
See Network Requirements for internet and network requirements.
Audio is not used in the student testing app; students don’t need headphones or mics, unless required for an approved testing accommodation. Webcams are not required.
Proctoring Digital Exams
Read Exam Day to find out what happens in a digital exam room.
If the student’s device fails (crashes, loses all power, or can’t start up) and they haven’t entered the room code yet, the proctor can switch them to a new school-managed device. In all other cases, the student should talk to the AP coordinator about taking a paper late-testing exam.
A room monitor is an assistant proctor. They have access to Test Day Toolkit, and help take attendance and monitor students on exam day. However, they don’t read the proctor script or give students the room and start codes.
This prevents students from removing exam content and sharing it with others. Students are given three sheets of scratch paper. They must write their name on each sheet and return each sheet, used or unused, to the proctor at the end of the exam. If the student needs additional scratch paper during the exam, they can request it from the proctor.
Before exam day, students should be told that unauthorized devices such as phones and smartwatches are not permitted in the exam room. However, there’s a good chance that some students will bring these devices, regardless.
On exam day, as students arrive, proctors should ask students if they have any of these devices. The proctor should have a bin, bags, and labels, so student devices can be labeled and stored during the exam. The proctor should make sure the student powers the device down first.
Yes. Once the exam has started, proctors should complete a seating chart. A seating chart template with directions is available at collegeboard.org/apdownloads. They should return the seating chart to the AP coordinator after the exam.
That will vary, depending on your school’s plans. Talk to your AP coordinator before exam day to understand how students will plug in their devices if they are running low on power. Your school may make power strips available to students at their desks, designate certain desks near outlets for students who need to plug in, provide students with a power bank or let them use their own, or some other option.
Students may reach the end of Section 1 at slightly different times, because they don’t all begin the exam at the exact same moment. For this reason, students shouldn’t talk or disturb other test takers while in the testing room. During the break, they may not talk about the exam, visit their teacher, or consult textbooks, notes, or the internet. If students leave the testing room to have a snack or drink or use the restroom, they should return to the testing room promptly, so they are seated and ready to begin the next section.
No. Before the exam begins, you’ll read instructions to the students about how they don’t need to wait for you to dismiss them for break. When the timer runs out for Section I, students will see a screen with break instructions and a timer counting down the 10 minutes of the break. If students leave the room to go to the restroom or a monitored break area, they must return promptly, so they can start Section II on time.
Test Day Toolkit
AP coordinators will receive emails with personalized access links and instructions in late April.
AP coordinators use Test Day Toolkit to add exam rooms and proctors. These steps are critical to successful exam delivery. When proctors are added to the Test Day Toolkit staff list, they’re sent access emails. AP coordinators can also opt to assign students to rooms before exam day and create room rosters in the toolkit.
No. You can add names and contact information for your proctors, room monitors, and technology coordinator. These staff will receive an email with instructions for accessing Test Day Toolkit. At that time, if they don’t have a College Board professional account, they should create one, so they can sign in to Test Day Toolkit before exam day.
Test Day Toolkit includes your students’ personal information. Limiting toolkit access to exam day helps protect their privacy.
Yes, the 2022 in-school digital AP Exams will have the same number of sections, number and type of questions, question choice (for AP World History SAQs and LEQs), and timing as the corresponding paper exams, as described on AP Central and in the course and exam description (CED).
Yes. Students will be able to go back within a section (multiple choice, free response) to review and answer questions. If the exam has parts within a section, such as the short-answer part in AP World History: Modern, students working on the part will only be able to go back to questions within that part. Questions can be completed in any order within a section or part.
Students and teachers can access videos that walk through digital exam tools and features on the Student Readiness page.
Included within the testing app are several sample multiple-choice and free-response questions. Students can access these sample questions as many times as they wish to become familiar with the layout of the screen, the navigation, tools, and how exam questions are presented. AP teachers should continue to use AP Classroom for digital assignments and formative and summative assessments, including practice exams.
Yes. Students will be able to annotate questions and passages. See the Introduction to AP Testing video to see how this feature works. Once the digital testing app is installed on their testing device, students can try the annotation feature on the exam preview questions.
No. Students who have received approval for accommodations from the College Board SSD office don't need to submit any further requests. Their approvals will apply to this year's in-school digital AP Exams. In some cases, there are designated digital alternatives for certain accommodations (e.g., use of a screen reader instead of human reader).
Students receive specific digital exam formats enabled for their accommodation if they’re approved for extended time, breaks (extra, extended, breaks as needed), or if they’re approved for an accommodation that requires an accessible format of the exam; for instance, students approved for assistive technology, braille, a human reader, or a writer/scribe will receive an accessible format that will be compatible with assistive technology such as screen reader software, voice recognition software, or refreshable braille displays.
If a student wants to use a different accommodation that is not already a designated digital alternative for their existing approved accommodation(s), a request for the new accommodation would need to be submitted to the College Board SSD office. In this case, submit the request as soon as possible. Because the accommodations request deadline for AP Exams was January 18, we cannot guarantee that approvals for additional accommodations will be made in time for the AP Exam administration.
No. Students who are approved for extended time will receive digital exams with the appropriate extended time applied to the exam based on their accommodations approval, and won’t be able to move on or end early. They will need to wait for their full amount of extended time to pass.
Refer to the extended time tables in the 2021-22 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2. The overall timing of exam sections is the same for digital exams as for paper exams.
AP coordinators should work with the SSD coordinator and the student to determine which format will best meet the student’s needs. If the student is familiar with and comfortable using a refreshable braille display or screen reader, they may wish to take the digital exam using these technology options. If the student is more comfortable and familiar with braille, the AP coordinator can order the paper braille exam for the student. Confirm with the student which mode—digital or paper—they’ll use for testing before the March 15 deadline for the AP coordinator to confirm orders for paper or digital exams in AP Registration and Ordering.
As with paper exams, certain types of accommodations require students to test in separate rooms from those students testing without accommodations. For instance, students approved for a time-based accommodation, such as extended time, or a break accommodation, will need to take the exam in a separate room. For details about accommodations that require separate testing rooms, see the 2021-22 AP SSD Guidelines. The same policies apply for digital AP Exams as for paper AP Exams.
Some types of assistive technology may require specific configuration steps to be done before the student tests. Review details in the assistive technology configuration guide and share the details with students who will be testing using assistive technology.
On exam day, after checking in to the testing app (and before entering the room code), students will be able to access configuration instructions through the Help section and complete any configuration steps if needed before beginning the exam.
It's important for students planning to test with assistive technology to practice answering exam app preview questions when the digital exam app is available in April with the assistive technology they’ll use on exam day. This will help them prepare and make sure their assistive technology works as expected with the digital exams.
Students approved for the accommodation of breaks as needed will receive a digital exam that they can pause. The pause feature is located below the timer in the exam.
Accommodations for digital exams should be reviewed by the AP coordinator in AP Registration and Ordering, and it’s recommended this be done at the time the coordinator indicates which students will be taking digital exams. This can also be done after March 15 if necessary—for instance, if a student hasn’t yet received approval for their requested accommodations. AP coordinators can also waive accommodations for digital exams if a student doesn’t want to test with an approved accommodation; this is also done through AP Registration and Ordering. The final deadline for confirming and/or waiving accommodations is no later than 2 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date. See instructions for confirming or waiving accommodations.
If a student requires support for a temporary medical condition, a request can be submitted to the College Board SSD office. The deadline to submit requests for temporary assistance is 10 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date. See Accommodations for details.
No, AP coordinators don’t need to complete a Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) for students taking AP digital exams. As always, NARs do need to be completed for paper exams, following the usual procedure detailed in the 2021-22 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.