For more information, please see the 2019-20 AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
Failure to follow seating requirements could result in cancellation of exam scores. Below are general seating requirements. Complete requirements are in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
General Seating Requirements
- Allow no less than 5 feet (1.5 meters) between students. Distance between students should be measured from the center of one student to the center of the next student.
- Everyone must face in the same direction.
- Seat students directly behind each other (in rooms with elevated seating, students must be seated no less than 5 feet behind one another).
- You may seat more than one student at a table, but only if all students face the same direction, are seated on the same side of the table, and the 5-foot distance between students can be maintained. To maintain this distance, a table must be at least 8 feet (2.43 meters) in length to accommodate two students and at least 13 feet (3.96 meters) to accommodate three students.
- Round tables are prohibited for testing, regardless of the number of students.
- All schools must complete a seating chart for every exam administered and keep it for at least 6 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.
- The desk or work surface should be an adequate size for each student and must have a minimum writing surface of 12’’ x 15’’ (30.4 cm x 38.1 cm).
Please note that some AP Exams have their own seating policy—See details in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
Seating Chart Tools
Start here. This provides step-by-step directions for creating a seating chart and provides a blank form you may use to create your own seating charts.
Note: schools may use either the 11-digit serial number of the exam booklets or students’ full names on the seating charts.
Tips for Creating AP Exam Seating Charts (.pdf/572KB)
Dos and don’ts for creating seating charts and descriptions of different ways to complete seating charts
Excel templates that you can use for different size administrations
Assigning Random Seating Using Excel (.pdf/958KB)
|Step-by-step directions for using Excel to assign random seating|
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) 750-6991 (toll-free in the United States and Canada), 609-406-5441, or (609) 406-5427
Fax: (609) 406-9709