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Exam Ordering

Your school should order exams for students in these subjects by the November 15 deadline using the same processes and steps as for paper and pencil exams. AP Registration and Ordering will be updated early next year to enable you to indicate which students will take digital exams—you’ll need to complete this step by no later than March 15.

Yes. Schools will be able to specify the exam mode (digital vs. paper) after the November 15, 2021, ordering deadline, and will be able to adjust as needed (including back to paper) through March 15, 2022.

Exam Admin Planning

The in-school digital exams must be administered by schools according to the AP Exam schedule’s official start date and time. Schools will have control of the exact exam start time like they do with paper exams (no later than one hour after the official start time) for students in the testing room. Details on the setup and steps to start the exam will be shared later in the school year.

The AP Program seating policy will apply to in-school digital exams. Schools may seat students as far apart as needed above the minimum required 5 feet to meet social distancing guidelines. Clear partitions may be used as a safety measure if desired, but partitions should not prevent the proctor from seeing students.

The AP Program proctoring policy (including eligibility requirements) will apply to in-school digital exams. Specific details on proctoring digital AP Exams will be shared later in the school year.


Schools may use the same testing devices (Windows PC, Mac, and school-managed Chromebook) used last year for digital AP testing. Additionally this year, iPads with physical keyboards and Android tablets with physical keyboards are also supported. Additional details on device technology will be available later in the school year.

Devices used for AP testing can be either assigned to individual students (1-to-1) or shared and used by multiple students via laptop cart or computer lab; students may use personal devices, if supported by the school's device policies.

Schools or districts that manage device software installation will need to push the digital testing application, or otherwise make it available for student use. Students can also directly download and install the digital testing application, if permitted.

Students’ computers must be fully charged to last through the full-length exams. The exam rooms/locations you select for digital exams should have power outlets/power strips so that students can plug in their computers if needed.

Students must be able to access a reliable internet connection (wired or wireless) and their school’s internet network. The network must allow outbound traffic to College Board and inbound traffic from College Board. Although an internet connection is required to test, students will be able to keep testing even if their connection drops momentarily.


Students will have opportunities to practice with questions in the digital testing app. Additional details will be available later in the school year.

Yes. Students will be able to annotate. Details about the annotation will be shared later in the school year.