Advanced Placement

Program Overview

With AP Exams just around the corner, please feel free to take advantage of AP Daily: Practice Sessions - a new video resource designed to help you review course content and practice applying what you've learned throughout the school year.

These sessions will be available in just a few days:

  • April 17:  Video sessions 1-4 available
  • April 24:  Video sessions 5-8 available

AP Daily: Practice Sessions focus on providing you with practice on free-response and multiple-choice questions, with the aim of helping you get famliar with the types of questions you'll see on exam day.

Every video will be approximately 15 minutes long and be released in AP Classroom and on YouTube where you will find the complete session schedule.

All videos will remain accessible through the AP Exam administration so that you can watch them at times that work best for you.

More information about AP Daily: Practice Sessions can be found here


Check out this 5 minute 'movie' regarding "What Bruins Need to Know About Taking AP Exams Spring 2023"

2023 LBSS AP Exam Calendar

March 2023 Updates

The final deadline to order AP exams is coming up!  Please check your MyAP and make sure you are enrolled in all the class sections for each AP exam you plan on taking in May.  If you are not enrolled in the class section, you are not in the count for that AP exam order, and an exam will not be ordered for you.

If you need to enroll in a class section to ensure an AP exam is ordered for you, you’ll need to obtain the join code from your AP teacher.  Once you enroll in the class section, you will be part of that AP exam count.  However, you will need to pay a $40 late order fee, which is a fee charged by College Board, because you missed the initial November 15th AP order deadline.  The deadline to enroll in the class section for each AP exam you plan on taking is Monday, March 13th.    

Once I see you have enrolled in MyAP, I will send you the link to make the $40 payment on MySchoolBucks.  Please pay this fee at your earliest convenience, so that you do not have any financial obligations at the end of the school year.  This is particularly important for seniors who will not be able to receive their cap and gown for graduation until all financial obligations are paid. 

Please contact the AP Testing Team below with questions and/or concerns. 

Lynn Carrera:  @email

Deb Brown:  @email

Gary Ranallo:  @emailu

AP Student Responsibilities 2023

AP Student Responsibilities 2023.pdf - printable PDF

AP Exam Schedule

  • There are instructions and registration tasks to be completed BEFORE the actual exam begins at the published time. Once the exam has begun, late students will NOT be allowed into the testing room, and they will not be allowed to test during the late testing window. NO exceptions.
  • Students taking AP Spanish, Japanese, Seminar and Music Theory MUST bring their FULLY CHARGED school provided laptop with the power cord to the exam. None will be provided.
  • NO food allowed in the testing rooms. Students may bring an unlabeled clear or metal water bottle identified with their name. Water bottles will be placed at the front of the testing room, and students will be able to access their water ONLY during the designated break. Only students with both an AM & PM exam on the same day may bring a bag lunch to eat quickly in-between the exams.
  • NO purses/bags/pencil cases/other belongings allowed in testing rooms. Keys are fine.
  • Dress in layers - room temperatures vary greatly. No printed clothes related to exam material.
  • There will be NO use of the restroom during the actual exam – only during breaks. Plan accordingly.
  • Afternoon exams will likely end after busses leave, so you will need to arrange for transportation home.


  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for completing multiple-choice answer sheets. Per College Board, DO NOT bring mechanical pencils, No. 3 pencils or colored pencils.
  • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
  • A watch that does not beep and does not have an alarm, in case the exam room does not have a clock that can be easily seen.
  • Up to two approved calculators with the necessary capabilities if taking an AP Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, or Statistics exams. Visit to learn more about the calculator policy for each of these exams and for a list of authorized calculators. We will not have calculators or batteries available to borrow. Bring extra batteries. ** Calculators may not be shared!
  • A ruler or straightedge if taking a Physics Exam. None will be provided. Protractors are not allowed.


  • Electronic equipment - phones, smartwatches or wearable technology of any kind, laptops (except for AP Spanish, Japanese, Seminar & Music Theory exams), tablet computers, Bluetooth devices, portable listening or recording devices, cameras or photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, separate timers of any type, and any other electronic or communication devices. Students using any of these devices during an exam OR exam break will be dismissed in accordance with College Board guidelines, and your score may be cancelled.
  • Books, compasses, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes. Keys are fine.
  • Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above for any Physics exam)
  • Protractors
  • Computers or calculators, except as previously noted
  • Scratch paper - We will provide it for students, as needed.
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm; Timers of any type
  • Ear plugs

TIME: Most AP exam administrations will take 3 ½ to 4 hours. You may not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended. Do not ask to leave early if you finish before the end of the test, as your request will be denied. If you play a sport, have a job, or participate in any other extracurricular activity, it will be your responsibility to inform your coach, employer, etc. of your AP obligation, and arrangements should be made accordingly. Afternoon exams will likely end after busses leave, so you will need to arrange for transportation home.

ATTENDANCE: On a day you have an AP exam, you will be excused from your classes for the entire day. You will be coded as "TST" for all periods on the day of your respective exam(s). Students who choose to attend class before or after an AP exam can check-in with their subschool so that attendance is corrected in SIS.

LATE OR SICK: The College Board has strict guidelines on who may take a late exam. College Board may allow a late test for a serious illness, and a doctor’s note will be required for such a request. Late testing is not allowed for oversleeping, minor illnesses, car/bus trouble, missing the bus, arriving late to an exam, etc., so arrange for transportation and leave home with plenty of time to spare.

BEHAVIOR: You are expected and required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and Lake Braddock Secondary School during the exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your AP Exam score. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of the AP Testing Team: Lynn Carrera – [email protected] Deb Brown – [email protected] Gary Ranallo – [email protected]

Digital AP Exams

Lake Braddock will administer an in-school online (digital) exam for AP Seminar only.  All other AP exams will be administered in paper-pencil format.  You will find more information regarding digital exam administration on these links:

AP Seminar students will take their digital exam on their school-issued FCPS laptops.  Students are responsible for bringing their fully charged laptops and power cord to their exam.

The Bluebook testing app will be released by College Board and will be available on student devices soon. 

For more information about digital AP exams, visit this site and this site

AP Exam Parent Volunteer Proctor Flyer

2023 AP Testing Frequently Asked Questions

 LBSS AP Testing Team

If you have questions about the AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Testing Team:


General Information about the Advanced Placement program

The AP program is a challenging academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with college-level academic courses that prepares students for selective universities and colleges. AP is a rigorous program dedicated to educational excellence with a long-standing history in the United States. Students sit for an examination at the end of the AP course. AP tests are scored on a scale of 1—5. Many colleges offer college credit for AP examinations with scores of 3, 4 or 5. Universities and colleges list the credit policy on their websites.

College Board moved to an online platform last school year called AP Classroom. This platform provides online resources to students in the form of progress checks, a question bank of previously released questions, and links to additional resources for more in-depth investigation including videos for each unit topic that are being released throughout the school year.  All AP Teachers are enrolled in AP Classroom and have given their students a join code for their course so they can access the materials and be registered for their exams in May. It is required that students be enrolled in the AP Classroom sections for their respective courses, even if they opt out of the exam. 

Helpful Links

2023 AP Testing Updates

Reference the College Board 2023 AP Exam Dates site for the 2023 AP Exams testing dates. 

FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) Fees

As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP exams taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS.  Students taking AP exams without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the $96 exam fee(s). 

FCPS encourages all students to take AP exams for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the exam(s) by completing/submitting an Opt-Out form, which contains a report of a student’s previous exams and current AP course enrollment, in hopes of assisting families in the decision-making process.

Opt-Out forms will be mailed home the week of October 10th.   AP students must make their Opt-Out decisions no later than October 25, 2022, by completing the Opt-Out form OR submitting the Opt-Out Google Doc, ONLY if the student chooses NOT to take an AP exam.  It will be open to students starting Tuesday, October 11th.  The Google Doc link will also be provided on the Opt-Form form being mailed home. 

Parents will be billed a $96 non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for exams that exceed the six FCPS-funded exams. 

AP students who register for an AP exam after November 1, 2022, will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board. 

Please refer to our AP Page on the Lake Braddock website for updates throughout the year. 

Students are also strongly encouraged to join the LBSS AP Student 2022-2023 Group in Schoology by using this Access Code:  7J9T-KNGN-5J4TJ Updates and information will be posted here regularly.

AP Exam Virtual Review Sessions by FCPS Teachers

To participate in a review session:

  •  Join the Schoology Group “ISD- Advanced Placement Exam Review Sessions 2023” using Access Code: SF44-ZJ4B-ZMKKG
  • Access the Zoom review session via the Schoology Group.

For directions on how to join a Schoology Group, click here. For directions on how to access a Zoom meeting via Schoology, click here (students will join Zoom from the Schoology Group).

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AP Exam Review Resources

  1. AP Daily: Practice Sessions: On 4/17 and 4/24, College Board will release a video series of 15-minute videos focused on practicing FRQ and MC questions for most courses (except AP Seminar, AP Research, AP Art and Design, and AP world language courses).  These videos will be available in AP Classroom and on YouTube (see list of courses). 
  2. Old AP Daily Review Sessions: The 2021 and 2022 Live Review videos available in AP Classroom and on YouTube
  3. AP Test Strategy Sessions: Over spring break, the Princeton Review/ hosted AP Test Strategy sessions (AP Math, AP English, AP Science, and AP History).  Recordings from the sessions are posted on YouTube.