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AP Exam Basics

Overview

AP® tests are college-level subject exams for high school students. Tests are historically hosted by the student's high school following the completion of the AP course in May; however, AP exams were successfully administered online in 2020 and may continue to be online in the near future.

While the scores you achieve on the AP exams won't factor into the admissions process, taking AP courses demonstrates your seriousness as an applicant. But that doesn't mean the exams aren't important: at many institutions, scoring 4+ will earn you college course credit. At some universities, even a 3—the minimum passing score for all AP exams—is enough to knock off a prerequisite or two.

Many students have been able to avoid the worst intro-level courses with strong AP scores, and many others have used their scores to take fewer classes freshman year as they adjust to the college environment. Others still have managed to graduate college a semester early with all of the AP credits they've amassed—a great way to save a lot of money.

No matter which way you use your AP scores, they will give you real flexibility once you get to college.

Number of APs

38

Cost

$94

per test

Scores

5

Max Score

Frequency

Once per year in May

AP Subjects

Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Chinese Language & Culture
Comparative Government & Politics
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French Language & Culture

German Language & Culture
Human Geography
Italian Language & Culture
Japanese Language & Culture
Latin
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Music Theory
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Literature & Culture
Statistics
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
U.S. Gov't & Politics
U.S. History
World History

Common Questions

How do I register for AP tests?

Talk to your AP Coordinator at your school about registration. If your school doesn't have an AP Coordinator, call AP Services on the College Board website.

Do AP scores matter?

AP scores won't affect your GPA or your chances of college admission. Admissions officers will like to see that you challenged yourself. Every school is different when it comes to earning college credit with your AP scores. Some require a 5. And some won't accept them at all. We recommend checking with your top schools to see how they handle AP scores.

When are AP tests?

APs are given during a two-week period in May.

How are the APs scored?

AP tests are scored on a scale of 1–5. Most colleges won't accept AP scores for credit unless you score at least a 4.

What do the APs test?

There are over 38 AP test options that cover a range of subjects from History to Calculus. It is important to note that few high schools offer classes in every subject.

When do AP scores come out?

Scores are typically released in mid-July for tests taken in May.

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2019 - 2020
SAT Dates

Upcoming SAT® dates are listed below. To register, visit College Board or call 866-756-7346. Students with learning differences should call 609-771-7137 for testing accommodations and requirements.

Registration

Test Day

Scores Release

Jul

31

2020

Aug

29

2020

AAA

00

2020

Sep

4

2020

Oct

3

2020

AAA

00

2020

Oct

9

2020

Nov

7

2020*

AAA

00

2020

Nov

6

2020

Dec

5

2020

AAA

00

2020

*Date not available for International testing, only for US-based tests