Returning AP Exams

New in 2023 for schools outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico: Beginning with the 2023 AP Exam administration, schools outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico that don't receive pre-printed labels with their AP Exam materials will use a new online DHL portal (the ETS Returns via DHL portal) to generate and print their DHL return labels and schedule the pickup of their AP Exam return shipment(s). Learn more.

For all other schools, review the information on this page and in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for complete information. 

Now Available:

  • Returning AP Exam Materials, 2022-23: This provides step-by-step instructions for packing and returning your AP Exam materials to the AP Program. This resource is also mailed with your AP Exam materials in the spring. 
  • Returning AP Exam Materials video: Watch a brief video about the packing process to prepare for returning your AP Exam materials. 

All secure AP Exam materials (exam booklets, orange booklets included with some of the exams, and master CDs) must be returned to the AP Program.

June 1 is the final deadline for all exam materials (regularly scheduled or late testing) to be received by the AP Program. Schools are billed twice the fee for each exam in shipments received after this date.

Important: The split shipment return program applies to schools that ordered 150 or more regularly scheduled AP Exams and are administering those exams over both weeks of the AP Exam administration. These schools are automatically enrolled in and required to use the split shipment program. Due to high volume of materials being returned, prioritize returning week 1 and week 2 shipments as soon as you’ve completed administering exams for each week.