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Parents and students cannot order AP Exams directly. Students who are homeschooled, independent study, attend virtual schools, or attend schools that don't administer AP Exams will need to find a school where they can test.

We encourage schools to help students who are homeschooled, independent study, attend virtual schools, or attend schools that don't administer AP Exams. 

Homeschooled students and students whose schools don’t offer their AP subjects need to do the following as early in the school year as possible:

  • Use the AP Course Ledger to look up nearby schools where they might be able to test.
  • Contact the nearby schools to see if one of them can arrange testing. Students should remember that schools may have their own local deadlines and policies regarding testing outside students.

If your school agrees to order and administer exams for homeschooled students or students whose schools don’t offer AP:

  • Inform the students of exam fees and your school’s ordering deadline and of any late order fees that may apply.
  • Create an exam only section for each exam subject being taken at your school by a homeschooled student, independent study student, or student from another school. (We recommend creating a separate exam only section for each exam subject that homeschooled students are taking at your school.)
  • Provide the join code for each exam only section to the students so the students can enroll in the section in My AP. (Only the AP coordinator can create and provide the join code for an exam only section.)
  • Review the students’ information in your exam roster—they should have an Order Exam? status of Yes for the exam only sections they join—and order the necessary exams.
  • Inform the students when and where to take the exams.
  • Plan to collect and submit their exam fees with those from your school. Schools may charge students a higher fee to recover additional proctoring or administration costs.

Exam Ordering Deadline

Homeschooled Students, Virtual School Students, Independent Study Students, and Students from Other Schools

Include homeschooled students, independent study students, or students from other schools in your order by November 15.

If a homeschooled student or a student whose school doesn’t administer the AP Exam(s) they’re planning to take contacts you after the November ordering deadline, you can add them to your exam order. If you’re adding the student to your order after November 15 because they couldn’t find a school before the fall ordering deadline to order and administer their 2022 AP Exam(s), AP coordinators can contact AP Services for Educators no later than March 15 to request the late order fee be waived—this applies only for students in this particular circumstance. These students must be included in your exam order by March 15. 

AP Classroom Access

Students enrolled in exam only sections won’t have access to AP Classroom resources that need to be assigned by teachers because assignments go only to the students in a teacher’s specific class sections. However, if a student is enrolled in both an exam only section and a teacher-led class section, the student will have access to resources assigned by the teacher for the class section. See below for additional considerations about class sections for students taking AP through virtual schools. See details about AP Classroom.

Students Taking AP in Virtual Schools

In addition to being able to access AP Classroom assignments from teachers, there are several other reasons why students from virtual schools may need to be enrolled in both a class section through their course provider and the exam only section through your school. For additional details about these scenarios, see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1.

  • Score reports: For the virtual school to receive the student’s score report, the student needs to be enrolled in the class section for the course through their virtual school in addition to the exam only section at your school.
  • State subsidies: If a state requires students taking an AP Exam to be enrolled in the corresponding course in order to receive state funding for their exam, students need to be enrolled in a class section through their virtual school to be eligible for funding.
  • Second-semester courses: If a student is taking a second-semester course through their virtual school, you may need to submit their exam order after November 15. In this case, the student needs to be enrolled in both an exam only section at your school and a second-semester class section through their provider so that the late order fee won’t be applied.