Below are the steps your school has to take in order to administer AP Exams.
Note that you don’t need to tell us which AP Exams you plan to administer at this point; you’re simply registering your school with the College Board so you can order and administer exams.
Your school must have a College Board school code to participate in AP and other College Board programs. This is a unique six-digit code that identifies your school in our system. It comes in two different authorization levels:
- Level 1 authorization: Required for schools to receive their students’ AP Exam and other College Board test scores. Schools cannot administer AP or other College Board exams, but can participate in the AP Course Audit.
- Level 2 authorization: Required for schools to receive scores as well as administer AP Exams and PSAT-related assessments and to apply to become an SAT Test Center.
Tip: Apply for a level 2 code even if you don’t plan to administer any College Board exams at the moment. You’ll save time if your plans change.
If your school already offers AP, the PSAT/NMSQT, or the SAT, you already have a school code. Use the high school code search to look up your code. School codes are unique to your school and do not expire.
To get a school code or confirm or change your school’s authorization level:
- U.S. schools: Call 877-247-6474 for inquiries. Schools can also download the High School Code Request Form.
- Schools outside the United States: Download the International Secondary School Code Request Form to start. No notarization needed. For related inquiries, email email@example.com or call +1 212-632-1781.
Your school’s authorization level is not shared publicly.
Interested in becoming a College Board member? That’s a separate application process. Learn more.
The AP coordinator is responsible for organizing and administering the AP program at your school. He or she manages the registration and ordering process; the receipt, storage, distribution, administration, security, and return of AP Exam materials; and the collection of fees and submission of final payment to the AP Program.
- The AP coordinator may be a full- or part-time administrator or counselor, faculty member, or other school staff member who is not teaching an AP course.
- To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, AP teachers cannot serve as AP coordinators. AP coordinators also cannot proctor an AP Exam in a subject area they currently teach or have taught.
- An AP coordinator cannot be involved in the handling of any exam materials that an immediate family or household member may take.
- An AP coordinator cannot be employed part time or full time at a test preparation company, or participate in any coaching activity that addresses the content of secure College Board tests.
Learn more about the administration of AP Exams, and resources available for AP coordinators, by visiting AP Coordinators.
Starting in the 2019-20 school year, schools will be completing their participation materials online. In August, principals and coordinators receive their school’s unique code to access AP Registration and Ordering.
When AP coordinators sign in for the first time, they’ll be brought to AP Registration and Ordering Setup. The coordinator needs to complete the information in the School Information and Exam Administration sections and review information in a few other setup screens to generate the AP Participation Form. The last screen of Setup indicates that the AP Participation Form has been generated and asks for some final information. The form will include spaces for the coordinator to electronically initial and sign. Coordinators must complete and submit the AP Participation Form digitally before the November 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET exam ordering deadline.
Ensuring Testing Room Compliance
The success of any exam administration depends greatly on the suitability of the testing site. Most AP Exams are given in a school’s classrooms, library, or cafeteria, where your students benefit from familiar surroundings and easy access. It’s important to plan ahead to ensure each meets the specific testing room requirements. Schools with large programs may also want to review the possibility of off-site testing.
Complete requirements can be found in the Seating Policy and Seating Charts and the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 (available in late fall). The following is a sampling of what you’ll find:
- Allow no less than 5 feet (1.5 meters) between students. Distance between students should be measured from the center of one student’s chair to the center of the next student’s chair.
- You may seat more than 1 student at a table, but only if all students face the same direction, are seated on the same side of the table, and the 5-foot distance between students can be maintained. To maintain this distance, a table must be at least 8 feet (2.43 meters) in length to accommodate 2 students and at least 13 feet (3.96 meters) to accommodate 3 students.
- Round tables are prohibited for testing, regardless of the number of students.
- The desk or work surface should be an adequate size for each student and must have a minimum writing surface of 12" x 15" (30.4 cm x 38.1 cm). If possible, seat left-handed students in left-handed armchairs. Tablet armchairs designed specifically for right-handed individuals provide an awkward and difficult writing surface for left-handed students. If only right-handed tablet armchairs are available, seat left-handed students behind one another in a separate row with a vacant writing surface to their left, or in the last seat of each row of right-handed students.
High School Code Request Form
U.S. schools complete this form to apply for a school code number.
International Secondary School Code Request Form
International schools complete this form to apply for a school code number.
Approved Accreditation List
The list of College Board-approved accrediting agencies and organizations.
AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1 2019-20
This manual provides detailed information about everything AP coordinators need to do from the start of the school year through the November 15 exam ordering deadline.
Insights into AP Potential