2019-2020 Online AP Exam Guidelines

The following information has been taken from College Board, who administers AP exams. You can view it on their website by going to this link.


Exam Length Structure and Format

  • The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We know that some students have lost more class time than others, and we want to be fair to all students.

  • Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.

  • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.

  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

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

  • Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. We'll provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

Exam Timing, Tasks and Access

  • Exams will be given from May 11 through May 22.

  • Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

  • Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1 through June 5.

  • Students can take the exam at home or in school, if schools reopen.

In late April, College Board will provide AP students and educators with information on how to access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.