AP Paper and pencil exams are starting from May 3rd. There are certain guide lines to follow on the exam day. We have compiled the list of important points from the guild lines.
COVID -19 Policy
- If you’re testing in school, follow your school’s health and safety protocols for the exam room.
- AP policies allow you to bring hand sanitizer to the room, but it must be placed under the desk, not on the desk.
You may use any other PPE (such as masks) following your school’s current requirements.
Preparation before exam day:
- Check with the school or center where the exam is being administered to find out what room the exam is being administered in.
- Plan to arrive well before your exam’s scheduled starting time.
Items to bring on exam day:
- No. 2 pencils for your multiple-choice answer sheet.
- Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
- An acceptable calculator if your AP Exam allows the use of a calculator.
- If you don’t attend the school where you’re taking the exam: a current government-issued or school-issued photo ID. (Additional ID may be required by authorized test centers outside the United States.)
- Your College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if you are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations.
Items you should not bring exam day:
- Books, reference guides, notes, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, pencils that are not No. 2, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or colored pencils.
- Scratch paper: Students testing in-school are prohibited from bringing scratch paper to the AP Exam, but scratch paper will be provided.
- Watches that beep, make a noise, or have an alarm.
- Computers or calculators that are not approved.
Review the CollegeBoard instructions here.
Section break policy during AP exam
There will be scheduled break between the section1 and section2. Instructions of the break, duration etc. will be given at the beginning of the exam.
- During the break or unscheduled break, you are not allowed to consult textbooks, notes, teachers, or other students;
- You should not use any communication devices also.
- You should not leave the room or building at any time even during the scheduled break.
- Check the CollegeBoard section break guide lines
Labeling your AP Exam Materials.
After you enter the exam room and get your exam materials, you have an important step to take.
- After you enroll in your first-class section in My AP, you are assigned a unique, alphanumeric code known as an AP ID.
- On exam day, your proctor will give you a sheet of bar-coded labels with your AP ID listed.
- Your proctor will tell you where to place your AP ID labels.
- Your AP ID label sheet is personalized. You must never use anyone else’s AP ID or labels.
- For the AP Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture Exams, your AP ID must be keyed accurately into the exam computer.
- For the AP Art and Design Exams, your AP ID must be keyed accurately into the AP Art and Design digital submission web application and, if you are submitting a Drawing or 2-D Art and Design portfolio, your AP ID also needs to be attached to each physical artwork submitted for your Selected Works section. (Note: In 2021, students will submit only digital portfolios for Art and Design courses.)
Check out the complete AP exam guidelines here.
Tips to remember when filling the answer sheet and exam booklet.
On exam day, your proctor will give you directions about how to fill in your responses on your answer sheet and in your free-response booklet. Keep the note of following items it can impact your score.
- All your answers for the multiple-choice section must be indicated on your answer sheet by filling in the appropriate circles. Do not write your answers for the multiple-choice section in the exam booklets. If you do, your answers will not be scored.
- Answers for the free-response section must be written in the Section II free-response booklet. Section II also has an additional orange booklet containing exam questions or reference information—do not write answers in these orange booklets.
- All answers for the free-response section must be in English, with the exception of the Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, and Spanish Literature and Culture Exams. Any responses not adhering to this policy will not be scored.
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