What Students Can and Cannot Bring

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What Students Can Bring

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for completing multiple-choice answer sheets. 
  • Pens with black or dark blue ink only, for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
  • Their 6-digit school code. Homeschooled students will be provided with their state or country homeschool code at the time of the exam.
  • A watch that doesn't have internet access, doesn't beep, and doesn't have an alarm.
  • Up to two calculators with the necessary capabilities if they are taking an AP® Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. Instruct students to look at the Calculator Policy page and click on the link for their course for the specific calculator policy.
  • A ruler or straightedge if they are taking the AP Physics exam. Protractors are not allowed.
  • The AP Student Pack. Students who do not attend the school where they are taking the exam should also bring a current government-issued or school-issued photo ID. (Additional ID may be requested by authorized test centers outside the U.S.)
  • Social Security number (for U.S. citizens) for identification purposes (optional). If students provide their number, it may appear on their AP score report. (Some colleges and universities use Social Security numbers as student identifiers when assigning AP credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores. While the College Board doesn't require students to provide their Social Security number, students may want to check with the college or university where they are sending scores to see if a Social Security number is preferred.)
  • If applicable, the SSD Student Accommodation Letter, which verifies that the student has been approved for a testing accommodation such as braille or large-type exams.

What Students Cannot Bring

  • Electronic equipment (cell phone, smartphone, smartwatch or other wearable technology, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod®, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, or any other electronic or communication devices. School-owned handheld recording devices are allowed only for the AP world language and culture exams and the AP Music Theory Exam.
  • Books, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, No. 3 pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, notes, or colored pencils (unless highlighters or colored pencils have been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office before the exam date).
  • Scratch paper; notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture, on scratch paper provided by the proctor.
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm.
  • Computers (unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam).
  • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
  • Clothing with subject-related information.
  • Food or drink (unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam).
  • Ear plugs.
  • Clipboards.