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A.P. Exam Day
Know what to do (and not to do) on exam day.
Here are some important exam day policies to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to take your AP Exam.
What Students Will Need
- Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for all responses on their multiple-choice answer sheet
- Pens with black or dark-blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams
- Their own school's code if they are testing at a school different from the one they regularly attend. Home-schooled students will be provided with their state's or country's home-school code at the time of the exam
- A watch that does not beep or have an alarm (in case the exam room does not have a clock that can be easily seen).
- Up to two approved calculators with the necessary capabilities if they are taking an AP Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. Students should visit apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse to find the calculator policy for their subject.
- A ruler or straightedge only if they are taking an AP Physics Exam (Protractors are not allowed.)
- Their AP Student Pack. If they do not attend the school where they are taking the exam, they should also bring a government-issued or school-issued photo ID.
- Social Security number (for U.S. Citizens)** for identification purposes (optional). If students provide their number, it will appear on their AP score report.
- If applicable, their SSD Student Accommodation Letter which verifies that they have been approved for a testing accommodation such as Braille or large-type exams.
* Additional ID may be requested by authorized test centers outside the U.S.
** Some colleges and universities use Social Security numbers as student identifiers when assigning AP credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores. While the College Board does not require students to provide their Social Security number, they may want to check with the college or university where they are sending scores to see if they prefer for students to provide a Social Security number on their AP Exam answer sheet.
Prohibited items on AP Exam day
Help your students stay focused on their exams and reduce distractions as they enter the testing room by telling them what will not be allowed into the room with them.
What students must leave at home
- Electronic equipment: (phone, smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices
- Unapproved aids: Books, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters*, notes or colored pencils*
- Rulers, straightedges and protractors (except students taking the AP Physics Exams)
- Scratch paper; notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture, on scratch paper provided by the proctor
- Watches that beep or have an alarm, or smartwatches.
- Computers* (except as noted for students with disabilities) or calculators (except students taking the AP Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exams). Visit the most current lists of AP-approved graphing calculators on The College Board student site
- Reference guides, keyboard maps or other typing instructions
- Clothing with subject-related information
- Food or drink*
* Unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam date.
During the break between Sections I and II of your AP Exam, or during any other unscheduled breaks, you are not allowed to consult textbooks, notes, teachers or other students; and you may not use any electronic or communication devices, like your cell phone, for any reason.
Also, you may not leave the building at any time during the exam administration, including during a scheduled break.
Remember, whether it is during breaks or after the exam, you must not communicate anything to anyone, including your classmates and your teachers, about the multiple choice questions that appeared on your AP Exam.
Discussing Exam Questions
Do not email, text, post or in any other way circulate AP Exam information through any kind of social media, or your AP Exam score may be canceled and you could also be banned from taking future AP Exams.
Also, while you are able to talk about the free-response questions from the regularly scheduled exam, you can only do so after two days and if your particular free-response questions have been posted to the College Board website.
The AP Exam is intended to be a fair assessment of your academic ability. Sharing exam information in any unauthorized way compromises the integrity of the exam for all AP students, and for the colleges and universities that grant credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores.