AP Exam Registration and Schedule 2021

AP Exam Registration and Schedule 2021

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 13 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.

During the 2020-2021 school year, students will not be charged the standard $40 fee for cancelling or not taking their exams.

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 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. 

You can call 888-225-5427 or email [email protected].


AP Exam Schedule 2021

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.  You can also contact the national AP program itself. You can call 888-225-5427 or email [email protected].

2021 AP Exam Schedule

Week 1

Morning 8 a.m.

Local Time

Afternoon 12 noon

Local Time


2 p.m.

Local Time

Monday, May 3, 2021

United States Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Calculus AB


Calculus BC

German Language and Culture


Human Geography


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture


Physics 1: Algebra-Based


Thursday, May 6, 2021

United States History

Art History


Computer Science A


Friday, May 7, 2021



Spanish Literature and Culture

European History


Physics 2: Algebra-Based


Art and Design—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.


Week 2

Morning 8 a.m.

Local Time

Afternoon 12 noon

Local Time

Monday, May 10, 2021

French Language and Culture


World History: Modern



May 11, 2021



Spanish Language and Culture




Wednesday, May 12, 2021

English Language and Composition



Music Theory

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Comparative Government and Politics


Computer Science Principles


Friday, May 14, 2021



Italian Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture


Environmental Science


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 Insights tool today!







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