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2021 AP Exams

Almost all colleges in the U.S. award credit and placement for qualifying AP scores. The 2021 AP Exams will cover the full course content so that students are accurately placed into higher-level courses where they can succeed when they get to college. We owe it to both students and colleges to accurately indicate whether students have learned the course material and should thus be exempted from learning it in college.


To give every student the opportunity to succeed while remaining safe and healthy this school year, we are providing more flexibility and instructional support than ever before:

  • If health and safety conditions allow, your school can offer in-person testing—and if not, that’s OK. If a school is closed or coronavirus-related risks prevent a student from testing at a school, the AP coordinator will be able to authorize a full-length digital contingency exam that can be taken at home. More information will be available in early 2021.
  • If a student decides not to test or to cancel their exams, there are no fees.
  • Teachers can leverage AP Classroom resources to support their students, including AP Daily videos, course pacing guides, practice questions, and results to target practice and support.
  • Live online review sessions, April 19–30, can help students review all course content and skills.
  • We’re working with educators to prepare an expanded exam schedule that considers the range of timelines schools are on, with details to be shared in February.

Course Pacing Guides

New course pacing guides, designed for classrooms that have only completed approximately 25% of typical course content by January, can help students develop their knowledge and skills by May. These new pacing guides can help you assign the AP Daily videos and topic questions necessary for student-led learning each week using the reports generated by these topic questions to focus your limited, direct class time on the areas where students need more help.

AP Daily Videos in AP Classroom

AP Daily videos cover content and skills in every course and can be paired with practice questions to identify student misunderstandings. Videos can be assigned as homework, giving teachers more time to have focused discussions, connect with their students, and direct class time to the areas where students need more help.

The first release of AP Daily videos for AP Research is now available in AP Classroom, and the first and second releases are available for AP Seminar, the AP Art and Design program, and AP Computer Science Principles.

View the Release Schedule to see all videos available for each course, and release dates for videos coming soon.

AP Instructional Resources Built for Any Learning Environment

Whether your school year started with in-person, hybrid/blended, or online learning, AP teachers can use free, digital resources in AP Classroom to provide students with daily instruction, practice, and feedback on every topic and skill covered on AP Exams.

In person instructional model

In Person

Back in the classroom? Use this guide to flexibly incorporate AP resources in your instruction.

Download Guide (.pdf/482 KB)

hybrid instructional model


Blending online and in-person instruction? Use this guide to integrate AP resources.

Download Guide (.pdf/482 KB)

online instructional model


Teaching remotely? Use this guide to see how AP resources can support your online classroom.

Download Guide (.pdf/483 KB)


Looking for flexible resources and options as you continue to navigate your year? Use this complete guide to support AP teachers and students with continuous feedback to focus instruction.

Download Full Guide (.pdf/816 KB)

AP 2020-21 Calendar

  • 2020


    AP Daily Videos Released

    AP Daily videos are being released as soon as possible, following the recommended pacing of each course in the course and exam description.

  • 2021

    JANUARY 31

    AP Course Audit Submission Deadline

    Submit AP Course Audit materials for course authorization and renewal.

  • JANUARY–MAY 2021

    Continue Using AP Classroom Resources

    Teachers should keep using AP Daily videos, topic questions, progress checks, and the progress dashboard while adding more student practice with AP released and practice questions.

View Full Calendar

Help Your Students Get Online

Not every student has access to the technology they need to take part in remote learning. To remove barriers, we’re partnering with organizations to help your school and district connect students to internet access, devices, and other resources.

Additional Support

AP Online Learning and Professional Development
Learn how to incorporate AP Classroom and AP Daily in your instruction, explore AP workshops, get advice and support from experienced teachers, and more.


AP 2020-21 Guides
Download step-by-step guides for AP coordinators, teachers, and students.