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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 18–21, 2021) 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.

Inform students testing late that their scores for alternate exams may be reported later than regularly scheduled exams and their free-response booklets won’t be available for purchase. Data for alternate exams won’t be included in the school’s AP Instructional Planning Reports.

Ordering Alternate Exams for 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 13, 2020 (or by March 12, 2021, for courses that start after the November ordering deadline).

New exam orders for full-year courses submitted after November 13, 2020, 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.

Deadline to Order Alternate Exams for Late Testing

As part of your exam order management by the March 12 spring course orders and fall order changes deadline, switch exam orders from regular to late testing for any students who you already know will need to take exams during the late-testing exam administration.

After March 12, you can’t submit a new exam order, but you can still switch existing exam orders for students from regular to late testing if needed. The deadlines to switch exam orders in AP Registration and Ordering from regular to late testing are:

  • May 7, 2021, for exams outside the United States, including in U.S. territories and Canada
  • May 14, 2021, 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 in this situation as long as the last minute 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 accommodations 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 regularly scheduled AP Exam administration 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.

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
  • Social distancing requirements
  • Strike/labor conflict
  • Student court appearance
  • Two AP Exams on the same date at the same time

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

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