Information for the 2021 AP Exam administration
New! On March 25, AP coordinators who ordered AP Chinese or AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams were sent an email with the subject line: “AP Chinese and Japanese Exams: Install the Exam Application.” This email included the link to install the exam application on testing computers and other important information you’ll need to prepare for and administer these exams. If you didn’t receive this email, please contact AP Services for Educators at 877-274-6474 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 212-632-1781 as soon as possible.
Resources now available:
2020-21 AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide
This is the primary source for all installation, preparation, and exam day instructions for these exams, including:
• The proctor script to be used by proctors on exam day
• How to install the exam application on testing computers, including readiness checks
• How to run practice exams
• Steps for students testing with accommodations
Starting in 2021, AP Chinese Language and Culture and AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams will be delivered on a new online exam application. CDs will no longer be used. AP coordinators will be emailed in March with a link to install the exam application on testing computers before exam day. These exams can be administered on Windows PCs, Chromebooks, and Mac computers that have Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari. Internet connectivity is required throughout the setup process and exam administration.
AP Chinese and AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams must be administered in school. Testing computers must be school owned and controlled. Chromebooks must be under management control of Google G Suite for Education. Headsets are also required for each student testing.
Information about system requirements for testing computers is in the 2020-21 AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams: Setup and Administration Guide. Review these details with your school's IT staff to ensure the computers your school plans to use for these exams meet all requirements. If you have any technical questions, email APiBTTech@ets.org.
AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams are ordered through AP Registration and Ordering in the same way as all other exam subjects. For more information about ordering AP Exams, go to Ordering Exam Materials.
Please call the College Board SSD office immediately if any students are planning to take AP Chinese or AP Japanese Exams with accommodations and provide detailed information about the accommodations they need.
Fee Reductions and Class Sections
You don't need to complete a separate Fee Reduction/Section Designation Form for students taking these exams. You'll create class sections for AP Chinese and AP Japanese before the start of the school year at the same time you create all other class sections in AP Registration and Ordering.
You'll indicate the fee reduction status for these students only in AP Registration and Ordering, as you will for students taking any other AP Exams. Fee reduction status needs to be indicated by April 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET. See more information about Accessing and Using AP Registration and Ordering.
AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1 2020-21
This manual provides detailed information about everything AP coordinators need to do from the start of the school year through the November 13 exam ordering deadline.
AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2 2020-21
Updated May 2021
This manual provides detailed information about this year’s paper and pencil AP Exams, including exam administration policies and procedures and post-exam tasks. Note: The May update is a clarification to the packing list information on p.90.