What's the AP Exam Schedule?

Exam Dates and Schedules

The College Board offers Advanced Placement (AP) exams in more than 30 subject areas during the first two weeks of May. The majority of the exams are offered at either 8:00 a.m. or noon. During the second week, a third time of 2:00 p.m. is added. Specific exams are offered at certain times.

Testing in Alaska can begin up to an hour earlier than the regular times, since this state requires exams to start between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and between 11:00 a.m. and noon.

Late Test Dates

Alternative test dates are available. Depending on the reason for the need to reschedule, late testing may be offered with no additional fee. Examples of acceptable reasons for no fee late testing include having three tests on a single day or having tests that are scheduled at the same time. Accommodations may be made for other reasons, however a late fee may be required. Some of these reasons include a family commitment, athletic event or academic contest. The fee is $45 per exam.

Late testing takes place in the third week of May. As with the regular test dates, most exams are offered at either 8:00 a.m. or noon, but a few are offered at 2:00 p.m.

Test Preparation Options

The College Board

There are a wide variety of exam tips on The College Board website. Information on taking the exams, including practice questions and previously released exams, is also found there. AP exams typically include both multiple choice and free-response questions. Students taking AP foreign language or studio art courses are tested differently. Some foreign language tests are done on computer; studio art exams are done by portfolio submission.


Study.com offers numerous AP courses and lessons that can help students prepare. There are practice problems to help familiarize you with the format of the actual test questions, and you can use the short lesson quizzes as a self-assessment tool to help you identify areas you need to study more.

Learn about AP tests and use the video lessons to master each subject area:

Continue reading: How To Check AP Exam Scores

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.

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