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Important Updates

For details about changes for the 2019-20 school year, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1 and the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.

Preparing Your School for the 2019-20 Changes to AP

From August 1 through November 15, schools must complete four steps to access new classroom resources and register students for AP Exams. Click the link to go to the detailed page for each step.

Before Classes Begin

  1. Access the System

    At the beginning of the school year, all AP coordinators, teachers, and students need to go to to access My AP, a personalized homepage with AP information, resources, and tools.

    AP coordinators and principals receive the access code by email on August 1, and by mail near the start of the school year. (If you can’t locate your access code, call AP Services for Educators at 877-274-6474 or 212-632-1781.)

    AP coordinator signs in to using their College Board username and password and enters the access code.

    AP coordinator completes the initial setup steps in AP Registration and Ordering and completes the AP Participation Form.

    AP coordinator makes sure new AP teachers have added their courses to the AP Course Audit and had their completed Course Audit forms approved by the school’s Course Audit administrator.

  2. Class section setup

    AP coordinators need to set up class sections in order for teachers and students to access online resources and registration.

    AP coordinator creates class sections for all AP classes at their school (and exam only sections, if applicable).

    AP coordinator notifies teachers that class sections and join codes are available.

During the First Days of Class

  1. Enrollment and use of AP Classroom resources

    When students register for exams, AP coordinators can access student rosters.

    By the first day of class, teachers sign in to using their College Board username and password, and get the unique join code for each class they teach.

    On the first day of class, teachers share the join code with the students in their class along with instructions for signing in and joining the class section.

    Before the second day of class, students sign in to and enroll in their AP class sections using the unique join code for each.

    On the second day of class, teachers begin using AP Classroom resources with their students.

By November 15, 2019

  1. Order finalization

    From My AP, coordinators access AP Registration and Ordering, which they’ll use to organize student rosters and exam registrations. Coordinators then review, adjust, and submit that information as the school’s exam order.

    AP coordinator organizes the exam roster and submits the exam order by the November 15 final exam ordering deadline. (Late orders and canceled exams, and orders for courses that start after November 15, must be submitted no later than March 13, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET.) 

Setup Guides

To assist you in the new processes, we’ve developed back-to-school guides:

Exam Fees

This year, fees apply to exams that are ordered after November 15, 2019, or that are canceled or unused. See Exam Fees for details.

Student Registration Labels

In the spring, your school will receive a set of personalized AP ID labels for each student included in your exam order. AP ID labels connect students’ exam materials with their registration information and significantly reduce the time spent on bubbling student information before the exam. Because of this, preadministration sessions are eliminated.

2019-20 Course Updates

For details about all 2019-20 updates to AP courses and exams, visit the course pages.

Calculator Use for AP Environmental Science Exam

Starting with the 2020 AP Exam administration, calculators are now allowed for use on the AP Environmental Science Exam. Students may use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator for both sections of the exam. See the Calculator Policy for more information.

AP Art and Design

AP Studio Art is now AP Art and Design.

AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams on CD

Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. If your school still uses Windows 7, upgrade to Windows 10 to avoid technical problems that could jeopardize your students’ exam scores. See the AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2 for details about supported operating systems. 

Schools no longer need to complete a separate Fee Reduction/Section Designation form for students taking AP Chinese or Japanese Exams. This year, class sections are created and students’ fee reduction status is indicated only in AP Registration and Ordering. Schools still need to use the designated scratch paper template for these exams. 

DAC App for Chromebooks 

In 2020, a version of the Digital Audio Capture (DAC) app for Chromebook™ will be available as a recording method for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture as well as Music Theory Exams. In spring 2020, an updated Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App Overview, will be available for download. See the AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2 and Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App Running on iPads and Chromebooks for more information about this additional digital recording option.