When should the exams be administered?

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AP Exams must be administered at the set times on the regularly scheduled testing dates, unless arrangements are made to administer alternate forms of the exams on specified late-testing dates (see Late-Testing Policies). Exam dates and times for the current year can be found on the Order AP Exams page. This information is also on the back cover (for regular testing) and inside back cover (for late testing) of the 2017-18 AP Coordinator’s Manual (.pdf/7.2MB).

To preserve the security of AP Exam questions, the AP Program sets specific dates and times for each AP Exam administration and provides different forms of the exams for time zones that are significantly different. If a school fails to administer the exams on the specified dates at the specified times, scores for those exams are canceled. Mandatory starting times ensure fairness and security of exam administrations at schools participating in the AP Program. A violation of these policies compromises these principles, as well as the validity of AP scores for all students. Schools that knowingly or unknowingly violate test security policies may not be permitted to administer AP Exams in the future and may be held responsible for any damages or losses the College Board and/or ETS incur in the event of a security breach.