AP Exams Begin Monday, May 11, 2020

UPDATED May 5, 2020: AP Exams begin on Monday, May 11, 2020. Below are the steps students should take to ensure they are prepared to test.


  1. Read the 2020 AP Testing Guide AND watch the overview video. This comprehensive guide will walk students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year's exams.
  2. Practice with the exam demo (use Chrome as your browser). Students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.
  3. Look through the required and recommended resource lists. Students need to make sure they know what resources they can use during their exams and how they can access them.


  1. Confirm they have their e-ticket. Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. On exam day, students will use their e-ticket to access the exam. If a student hasn't received their exam e-ticket by email, they can access it through their student account on My AP. E-tickets are nontransferable and shouldn't be shared with anyone. Students who haven't been receiving College Board emails still have time to confirm their contact information
  2. Complete the AP Exam Day Checklist for EACH exam they're taking. Students should complete this checklist for EACH exam they take and keep a printed or handwritten copy with them for reference during testing.


  1. Click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allot 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses.
  2. Know what to do if something goes wrong. If students accidentally close their browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. Students should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, students can contact the College Board to request approval to take the makeup exam. Students can also request a makeup exam if they've lost too much time due to a technical problem, can't connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.


Good luck! The AP Testing Team

Lynn Carrera Deb Brown Gary Ranallo

Updated April 30, 2020: If you are taking an AP exam this year, please check out the three new resources below that College Board has made available to students:

1. 2020 AP Testing Guide:This guide will walk students through test day and provide information about:

  •  The AP Exam e-ticket
  •  Five steps to take before test day
  •  Understanding the test day experience
  •  Exam scores, credit, and placement

2. 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist :Students should complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.

3. Explainer Videos: The link contains new videos designed to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. 

Access pdf versions of the resources here:

Please contact the AP Testing Team for additional assistance or with any questions. 

Lynn Carrera Deb Brown Gary Ranallo