College Board AP Exam Update March 2, 2021

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March 2, 2021


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Dear AP Coordinators,

I hope this recent warmer weather has been good to you! Signs of spring are always good to see, especially as we 'March' toward the end of the school year and exam time! See below for information sent out today from College Board, from NC AP Partnership Senior Director, Kathleen Koch. As always, please let us know if you have any questions through this process. 

NC AP Partnership

Updating Your AP Exam Order

AP Registration and Ordering has been updated with the new exam dates.

  • Reminder: All AP exam orders are due March 12 – both first (or year-long) and second semester courses. The only thing you need to do by March 12 is ensure that your student roster accurately reflects every student who plans to test. Check that those students have an order exam status of "Yes" and that you've submitted all unsubmitted changes in AP Registration and Ordering.
  • By April 1, any school planning to administer any paper and pencil exams needs to ensure that paper and pencil exam dates are indicated for the relevant students within AP Registration and Ordering. After April 1, you can only shift from digital to paper and pencil exams if our shipping time frames can accommodate that.
  • After April 1, you can move students from paper and pencil to digital testing up to seven days before each digital exam. See the Moving Students to a Later Exam Date section of the AP Digital Testing Guide (.pdf/16.37 MB) for step-by-step instructions.

AP Digital Testing Guide

The AP Digital Testing Guide is now available. It provides detailed information about 2021 digital AP Exams, including:

  • Four steps students need to take before they can test
  • Technical requirements
  • Accommodations for digital exams
  • Download the Guide

Information for AP Spanish, AP French, and AP German Students

  • Though most schools plan to administer 2021 AP Exams in person, local health and safety conditions may prevent some schools from opening their buildings for students to test in this way.
  • Seniors registered for AP Spanish, AP French, and/or AP German Language and Culture exams who are unable to test in person this spring will have the opportunity to take a related CLEP® exam for free later this year.
  • Schools are encouraged to facilitate in-person testing when possible. Students will only be able to indicate whether they'd like to take a CLEP exam once the AP Exam administration has ended in mid-June.
  • Seniors who are unable to take their AP Spanish, AP French, or AP German exams in person won't be charged for the original AP Exam, meaning they'll receive a completely free end-of-year assessment. We'll provide more information later this spring about how students can access CLEP vouchers and take a CLEP exam.

Helping Students Access Digital AP Exams

We're working to ensure all students taking digital AP Exams have access to a supported device. More information will be available for districts and schools later this month about how to request devices on behalf of their students.

Register for AP Coordinator Mini-Workshops

A free multi-part training series is available to help you prepare for the 2021 AP Exams.

Register for the next live event: "Update & Preparing for March 12" (March 2–9)

Play back a recorded event: "Overview of 2021 AP Testing"

Register Now


Next Month

Stay tuned for information about:

  • Downloading the digital testing app and accessing digital practice, available April 8
  • Coordinator dashboard to track students' progress through required readiness steps and exam taking
  • Live online review sessions for students, beginning April 19 on YouTube