Key Changes in AP Exams

  • We extended the deadline for final digital submission of AP Art and Design portfolios and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP), AP Seminar, and AP Research performance tasks to Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

    Key Changes:

    • In addition to traditional paper and pencil AP Exams, full-length digital AP Exams will be available in most subjects. The following WILL NOT be offered digitally.

    The following AP Exams are ONLY offered paper and pencil:

    • Italian Language and Culture
    • Latin
    • Spanish Language and Culture
    • French Language and Culture
    • German Language and Culture
    • Music Theory

    Students who are not seniors this year can take the AP world languages or music theory exams next year instead.

    Students who are seniors or who don’t want to wait to take those exams next year, can either take a CLEP exam for college credit (available for French, German, and Spanish) or take their college’s own placement exam when arriving on campus.

    • Digital exams will be taken on computers (Mac, Windows, school-managed Chromebooks) at home, and may not be taken on smartphones. Each student will need their own computer to complete the readiness steps and take their exam.
    • All digital exams will have various security features in effect. Students will need to install the digital exam application on the computer. This will NOT be the same digital testing platform that was used for emergency testing in spring 2020. Students will NOT need to install the LockDown Browser they may use for secure AP Classroom assignments.
    • CYBER STUDENTS: you will take your test at the school that your teacher resides at. Ex: If you are from Rustin, but your cyber teacher is at Henderson, and you are registered through that Henderson teacher, you will take your test at Henderson. 
    • Option to take digital:
      • For the following exams, if you are remote or cyber, and you are not comfortable coming in to take the test, you are allowed to take it digitally during Admin 3, but you will have to communicate this to your AP coordinator. Look for a google form from your AP teacher that you can fill out to do this.
        • Calculus AB and BC
        • Statistics
        • Chemistry
        • Physics 1
        • Physics C

    Digital Exams: 

    • Exam security:2021 AP digital exams have been designed with security in mind, so students can take exams at home. Digital exams will:
    • Not allow students to return to answered questions or move back-and-forth between unanswered questions
    • Begin at the same time worldwide with synchronous section start times
    • Not include questions that can be answered with internet searches, textbooks, notes, study guides, or similar material
    • Include security features to prevent students from collaborating, accessing unauthorized aids, or attempting to have someone else test for them—note: students taking digital exams will be required to have valid photo identification on exam day
    • Be reviewed with plagiarism detection software and other monitors and post-exam analyses for detecting exam violations
    • Exam violations on any AP Exam—paper or digital—will result in a score cancellation and additional consequences as warranted.


    Digital exams will be accessible to students with disabilities who are approved for testing accommodations. Braille testing options will be available for students approved for that accommodation who aren’t able to test using the accessible digital exam format. Detailed information about accommodations for digital exams will be available March 2.

    Exam practice:

    Beginning April 8th, students and educators can access the exam application and a digital exam practice resource that enables students to confirm the viability of their technology well before test day, experience the exam day flow, and practice answering exam questions, including each type of multiple-choice and free-response question they’ll encounter on exam day.