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 to test at.
Update for 2020-21: We encourage schools to help students who are homeschooled, independent study, attend virtual schools, or attend schools that don't administer AP Exams. You can order digital AP Exams from students outside your school by adding them to exam only sections and including them in your student roster with an "Order Exam" status of "Yes" for each applicable exam by March 12. And if it’s possible to do safely this year, you can offer in-person paper and pencil exams to students from outside your school. AP coordinators should call AP Services for Educators to request that the late order fee be waived for any students from outside your school who you’ve added to your exam order after November 13.
In our descriptions of virtual schools, virtual schools are those that exclusively offer online learning; this doesn't include schools that may be offering distance learning this year in response to the ongoing pandemic. Similarly, “homeschooled students” are those who regularly and exclusively learn through a designated homeschool; this does not apply to students whose classes at their public or private school are being offered remotely due to the pandemic.
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, particularly this year.
If your school agrees to order and administer exams for homeschooled students or students whose schools don’t offer AP:
- Inform the students of the 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. (This year, 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 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
Due to ongoing social distancing guidelines this year, students may need more time to find a school where they'll be able to take AP Exams. This year, the AP Program will waive the late order fee for students who are added to your exam order after November 13. You'll need to call AP Services for Educators to request that the late order fee be waived for a student added to your order after November 13. Homeschooled students, virtual school students, independent study students, and students from other schools must be included in your student roster in AP Registration and Ordering by March 12.
Update: If you need to reassign any students with an existing exam order to a later testing date, you may do so after March 12. See deadlines.
Class Sections and Exam Only Sections
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.
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 13. 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.
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Ordering Deadline for Spring Courses and to Change Fall Exam OrdersThis is the exam ordering deadline for AP courses that begin after November 13—that is, second-semester, trimester, or block schedule courses—as well as the deadline to make changes to fall orders in 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.