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Alternate Exams for Late Testing

Occasionally, circumstances make it necessary for students to test late. To preserve the security of AP Exams, College Board develops alternate forms of each exam for late testing. Regular exam forms cannot be used for late testing.

All students who participate in late testing must take these alternate exams on the scheduled late-testing dates (May 20–22, 2020) at the scheduled times. (See the late-testing schedule for details.) If a school fails to follow AP security procedures and doesn’t administer the alternate exams on the specified dates at the specified times, scores for those exams will be canceled.  

Ordering Alternate Exams for Late Testing

New! Starting in the 2019-20 school year, AP coordinators should be aware of new procedures for ordering late testing. Alternate exams for late testing must be ordered through AP Registration and Ordering.

  • If you know a student will need to take an alternate exam on the late-testing date, you should account for the alternate exam in the order you submit by November 15, 2019 (or by March 13, 2020, for courses that start after the November ordering deadline).
  • New exam orders for full-year courses submitted after November 15, 2019, will incur a $40 per exam late order fee (with some exceptions); if applicable, the late-testing fee would be in addition to the late order fee. However, most reasons for late testing don’t incur the additional late-testing fee.
  • Important: The late-testing fee is applicable to all students, including students eligible for a College Board fee reduction, unless the student has a late-testing reason that doesn’t incur the fee.

Before March 13

If an exam order has been submitted for a student by the November 15 final ordering deadline, and that student must switch to late testing, you may update the order for that student by March 13, 2020. The late-order fee won’t apply. The late-testing fee may still apply depending on the reason for late testing.

After March 13

You can’t submit a new exam order after March 13. However, if a student identifies a need for an alternate exam after March 13, 2020, and you’ve already submitted an exam order for the student for the regularly scheduled exam administration, you may switch the student to late testing in AP Registration and Ordering by these dates:

  • May 8, 2020, for exams outside the United States, including in U.S. territories and Canada
  • May 15, 2020, for exams in the United States

If you need to place a last-minute late-testing order after the above dates because of an unanticipated event (e.g., for a student who became sick on a regularly scheduled exam day), contact AP Services for Educators as soon as possible.

The late order fee won’t be incurred for exams that are switched to late-testing after March 13, as long as the late-testing order you’re requesting is for a student who has an existing exam order.

Late Testing and Special Format Exams

If you know before the ordering deadlines that a student with disabilities will need an alternate braille, assistive technology compatible (ATC) format exam, or large-type format exam, you may order these exams through AP Registration and Ordering. However, if an unanticipated event during the AP testing period requires that you order an alternate braille, ATC, or large-type format exam, contact the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office immediately by phone or email to order these exams.

Late-Testing Circumstances

Below are circumstances when late testing is allowed without incurring an additional fee. Most reasons don’t include the additional late-testing fee. Other reasons for late testing will incur an additional late-testing fee of $40 per exam.

If you have a question about a reason not listed below, contact AP Services for Educators.

Late-Testing Reasons: No Additional Fee

  • Academic contest/event
  • Athletic contest/event
  • Conflict with IB or Cambridge exam 
  • Conflict with nationally, province-, or state-mandated test 
  • Disabilities accommodation issue
  • Emergency: bomb scare or fire alarm
  • Emergency: serious injury, illness, or family tragedy
  • High school graduation
  • Language lab scheduling conflict
  • Religious holiday/observance
  • School closing: election, national holiday, or natural disaster
  • Strike/labor conflict
  • Student court appearance
  • Two AP Exams on the same date at the same time

Additional Information About Late Testing

  • If a school fails to follow AP security procedures and doesn’t administer the alternate exams on the specified dates at the specified times, scores for those exams will be canceled.
  • Students’ alternate exam scores may be reported later than regularly scheduled exams. Make sure your students know this.
  • Students’ free-response booklets from alternate exams are not available for purchase.
  • AP Instructional Planning Reports do not include data from alternate exams.

For more information about late-testing policies, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1.