Taking AP Exams Online

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We surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to test this year. Their answer: a resounding yes. So we developed secure, online free-response exams for each course. Here's what you should know about the 2020 AP Exam administration.

Exam Features

To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams are open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.

Students can take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.

Exam Timing

  • Exams were administered May 11–22 (primary exam dates) and June 1–5 (makeup dates).
  • A small number of students are eligible to take exams in the exception testing window (June 22–30). As with the primary and makeup exams, each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

Get Ready for Exam Day

Review the 2020 AP Testing Guide for detailed information on how to prepare for your exam, and what to expect on exam day.

Visit Getting Ready for Exam Day to see directions for preparing to take online AP Exams. Go to Course-Specific Exam Information on the exam schedule page to find your course and learn more about your specific exam.

Exam Day

These pages will get you familiar with how the online exams work. Be sure to explore them well before exam day.


Testing accommodations for this year's exams will still be provided for students who have been approved for them by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Learn how accommodations will be provided this year.

After Exam Day

Get information about exam scoring, the score release timeline, and why we believe that most colleges will award credit for 2020 scores as they have in the past.