AP Exam Registration and Schedule 2020

AP Exam Registration and Schedule 2020


AP classes are an excellent way for advanced students to challenge themselves.

In addition, they have the chance to earn college credit with the AP exam at the end of the year.

Some students graduate with enough AP credit that they are able to graduate a semester – or more – early.

That’s enough to make every parent’s heart sing.

Here are the basics you need to know about AP classes and tests for this school year.


How To Get Into AP Classes

Generally, getting into an AP class is done through your high school’s registration process. However, it is possible to take AP classes that your school does not offer.

It’s also important to know how to register for AP classes if your student is homeschooled or attends a high school without AP classes.

There may be prerequisite classes before your student can choose an AP class.

For instance, they may need to take an introductory chemistry class before you can enroll in AP Chemistry.

If your student wants to get AP credit but your school doesn’t offer the class, or your student is homeschooled, all you need to do is make sure they register for the AP Exam.

From there, they will need to study and prepare for the exam themselves, without a class.

The good news is that there are online AP classes that your student can take advantage of to help them prepare


How Do You Register For An AP Exam?

Your student can take as many AP exams each year as they would like, but keep in mind that you have to pay for the registration each time.

If they aren’t able to prepare well for multiple exams a year, it would be better to spread them out.

Your student can repeat an AP exam they took the previous year to improve their score.

However, both exam scores will be reported unless your student requests that one is withheld or canceled.

The College Board, the organization that oversees the Advanced Placement program, recently announced its plans to alter the AP registration policies.

These changes will necessitate some additional planning when it comes to deciding which tests to take and how registration and the exam(s) will be paid for.

AP exam registration will now take place on November 15 rather than in March.

The AP exams themselves will still be held in May of each school year.

The new registration deadline dictates that students must commit to taking AP exams sooner in the school year than before. 

That is, BEFORE the Thanksgiving break.

Any changes to a student’s registration status after November 15 will incur a $40.00 fee. 

Though the standard AP registration deadline will be November 15, students will still be able to register after November 15, however, they will be obligated to pay the usual charge of $94.00 per test, plus a $40.00 late registration fee.

Students who wish to cancel their registration after November 15 will receive their $94.00 back, but will be assessed a $40.00 fee.

If your student is taking an AP class at their high school, the teacher will probably let them know what the test registration process is and when the forms and payment are due.

Some teachers will even set aside class time to walk students through the registration process!

Even if this doesn’t happen, an AP teacher is a great resource for any questions you have about the exam.

Another resource at your child’s high school is the AP coordinator, who should have information about all of the exams, dates, and deadlines.

The coordinator may be a guidance counselor, so keep in mind that you need to ask questions early so that you have time for them to work you into their schedule.


What To Do If Your School Doesn’t Offer AP Classes

If your student is homeschooled or their high school doesn’t offer AP classes, you still have access to exams.

However, you have to do more of the legwork yourself.

AP exams have to be taken at a high school that offers AP classes, so check around to find the school nearest you.

Contact their AP coordinator and find out how to get your child registered for the target exam(s).

You can also contact the national AP program itself. The deadline (for 2020-21) will be in the fall. You can call 888-225-5427 or email [email protected].


AP Exam Schedule 2020

So when are the exams?

The dates vary depending on which exam your student is targeting. Keep in mind that if your child has exams that conflict, they need to talk to the AP coordinator about getting an alternate testing time set up.

AP test dates are available on the College Board website, and range from May 4th – May 15th. For each date, there is a morning time slot that starts at 8 am and an afternoon time slot that starts at 12 pm. Each test is only available once.

Some examples of when tests are available include:

  • United States Government and Politics: Monday, May 4, 2020, 8 am
  • European History: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 12 pm
  • Chemistry: Thursday, May 7, 2020, 8 am
  • Biology: Monday, May 11, 2020, 8 am
  • Calculus AB and BC: Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 8 am
  • English Language and Composition: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 8 am

AP Exam Schedule 2020

Week 1Morning 8 a.m. Local TimeAfternoon 12 noon Local TimeAfternoon 2 p.m. Local Time
Monday May 4, 2020United States Government and PoliticsPhysics C: MechanicsPhysics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Tuesday, May 5, 2020Calculus AB Calculus BCGerman Language and Culture Human Geography
Wednesday, May 6, 2020English Literature and CompositionEuropean History Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Thursday, May 7, 2020Chemistry Spanish Literature and CultureJapanese Language and Culture Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Friday, May 8, 2020United States HistoryArt History Computer Science A
AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing – last day for coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. ET) and to gather 2-D Art and Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly. Teachers should have forwarded students’ completed digital portfolios to coordinators before this date.

AP Exam Schedule 2020 (Week Two)

Week 2Morning 8 a.m. Local TimeAfternoon 12 noon Local Time
Monday May 11, 2020BiologyChinese Language and Culture Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 12, 2020Seminar Spanish Language and CultureLatin Psychology
Wednesday, May 13, 2020English Language and CompositionMicroeconomics Music Theory
Thursday, May 14, 2020Comparative Government and Politics World History: ModernItalian Language and Culture Macroeconomics
Friday, May 15, 2020Computer Science and Principles French Language and CultureStatistics

For a full list of exam dates and times, visit the College Board website.


AP Exams Can Build College Success

Of course, every student who takes an AP exam is hoping to score well enough to earn college credit.

There are a lot of other benefits to taking an AP class and exam, though.

The rigorous study required will help prepare your student for college-level courses.

They will be challenged to dig deeper into a subject, and having AP classes and exam scores can help your student stand out for college admissions.

As you encourage your student to reach higher, be sure that the college they attend will reward their efforts. You can find schools that are very generous with merit aid by checking out our College Data Spreadsheet today!







Anna Spooner

Anna Spooner has been writing professionally since 2011. She's a professional writer and blogger specializing in finance and insurance.
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