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What Are the AP Exam Dates?

Instructor: Jesse Card
Many colleges grant credit or advanced placement to students with qualifying AP Exam scores. Read on to find out when AP Exams are offered and get information about exam costs and preparation.

Exam Schedules

Beginning in May, the College Board, which administers the AP program, offers AP exams in 37 different subject areas at schools and testing centers in the U.S. and abroad. Exams are given at 8:00 a.m. and at noon the first two weeks of the month. The only exception is one exam that's offered at 2:00 p.m. during the second week.

Late Testing

Your school decides whether or not late testing will be an option. If so, you may or may not have to pay the associated fee of $45. Some circumstances that could exempt you from that fee include serious illness, conflicting exam times or religious beliefs. AP late testing takes place over three days in the third week of May.

Exam Costs

AP Exams in the US and Canada cost $92 each. For students taking the exam outside of the US/Canada, the fee is $122 per test. The College Board does offer a $30 fee reduction for low-income students. Those who qualify for the fee reduction never have to pay any late fees.

Test Info

AP Exams typically take two to three hours. The first half of exams usually has multiple-choice questions and the rest of the exam typically contains free-response questions. Most AP Exams are paper and pencil, with the exception of a few. Some foreign language exams are taken on a computer, while studio art exam students need to produce portfolios.

Test Preparation

The College Board provides prep resources for the AP Exams. Students will find practice questions and pointers on the AP Students site.

AP Exam Practice at Study.com

Study.com offers many courses that will help you to achieve a favorable score on AP Exams. With these courses you can review key concepts and terms, practice answering test questions, and reach out to experienced instructors for assistance when needed. You can study at home, in your library or school computer lab, or on the go with web-enabled mobile devices. Wherever you can connect to the Internet you can access the site and get full access to our materials with your login credentials. The following courses are available for your preparation:

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