Seating Charts: Tools and Policy

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General Seating Requirements

  • All schools must complete a seating chart for every exam administered and retain it for at least six months.
  • Students must be seated randomly (not alphabetically or following any other expected pattern) within the testing room.
  • Under no circumstances should students select their own seats.
  • Do not return any seating charts with exam shipments unless they are required as part of an Incident Report. The seating charts will help expedite an investigation of a reported incident and prevent score reporting delays.

Please note that some AP Exams have their own seating policy – complete requirements can be found in the AP Coordinator’s Manual (.pdf/5.61MB).

Click on the graphic for a full-screen view of acceptable seating plans.




Seating Chart Tools

Office of Testing Integrity

If you observe any behavior that might lead to invalidation of scores, contact us as soon as possible.

Office of Testing Integrity
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (800) 353-8570 (toll-free in the United States and Canada)
or (609) 406-5427
Fax: (609) 406-9709