AP Exams

All students received a confirmation email with their scheduled exams on 4/21. It was sent to their school email and their College Board email account. If students must make changes to exams moving forward, please direct all emails to Ms. Anderson (@email) in Student Services.

Next Steps to Prepare for Exam

  1. Download the Digital Testing App on the computer you plan to use for AP exams and follow the 4 Steps. Students using their FCPS laptops, the software is now available in your start menu under 2021 Digital AP Exams. There is a short video on the College Board website to view for additional information. Even if students are taking paper exams, it is suggested they download the app.
  2. Practice with example questions in the Digital Testing App.
  3. You must complete exam setup FOR EACH digital exam 1 to 3 days before the exam.

Students taking the digital AP Exams MUST install the new software bundle from Software Center regardless of the versions currently installed.  This new install will allow the software to self-update when launched; previous versions will not self-update.

Another large update from College Board is expected to be pushed Tuesday, 5/4.  Without the Software Center version, students will not be able to receive the update.


  • This year’s AP tests will be full-length tests whether they are paper/pencil or digital.
  • Students scheduled to take at home digital exams should attend school virtually for the day.
  • PAPER/PENCIL EXAMS: Students are expected to report to school by 7:45 for an 8AM exam and 11:45 for a 12PM exam.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Pencil and dark blue/black pen, calculator, and lunch/snacks in a clear bag for in-person exams.
  • Students should not bring backpacks and other bags to school during AP exams unless necessary.
  • For digital exams, students can use their own personal computer, or their school issued laptop to take digital tests. You cannot test on a cell phone or Chrome Book.
  • There is no financial penalty for not taking the test this year. If you paid for a test that you will not take, you must submit a request to be reimbursed by May 3. Refunds will be given over the summer.
  • Approved College Board accommodations will be available on both paper/pencil and digital exams.

There is an extensive list of FAQs at the bottom of this page. If you have additional questions, please reach out to our AP Coordinators, Ashley Anderson (@email) and Jennifer Frate (@email).

Madison AP Test Schedule

Note: Regular text = paper/pencil exam taken in school; Italicized text = digital exam taken at home

Week of May 10

  • Monday, May 10 
    • 8:00 am - French Language & Culture
  • Tuesday, May 11
    • 8:00 am - Spanish Language & Culture
  • Wednesday, May 12
    • 12:00 pm - Music Theory
  • Friday, May 14
    • 12:00 pm - Chinese Language & Culture

Week of May 17

  • Tuesday, May 18
    • 12:00 pm - English Literature & Composition
    • 4:00 pm - Computer Science A
  • Wednesday, May 19
    • 12:00 pm - US History
    • 4:00 pm - Macroeconomics
  • Thursday, May 20
    • 12:00 pm - US Gov't & Politics, World History: Modern
    • 4:00 pm - Psychology
  • Friday, May 21
    • 8:00 am - Latin
    • 12:00 pm - Spanish Literature & Culture

AP Seminar project forwarded to Coordinator on Friday, April 30 by 11:59 p.m.

AP Research paper forwarded to Coordinator on Friday, May 7 by 11:59 p.m.

AP 2D Art and Design, 3D Art and Design and Drawing Portfolio forwarded to Coordinator on Monday, May 10 by 11:59 p.m.

Week of May 24

  • Monday, May 24
    • 8:00 am - Calculus AB, Calculus BC
    • 12:00 pm - Physics 1, Physics C: Mechanics
  • Tuesday, May 25
    • 8:00 am - Chemistry
    • 12:00 pm - Statistics
  • Wednesday, May 26
    • 12:00 pm - English Language & Composition
    • 4:00 pm - Computer Science Principles, Seminar
  • Thursday, May 27
    • 12:00 pm - Biology
    • 4:00 pm - Environmental Science
  • Friday, May 28
    • 4:00 pm - Microeconomics

Make-Ups Only

Week of May 31

  • Tuesday, June 1
    • 12:00 pm - English Literature & Composition
    • 4:00 pm - Computer Science A
  • Wednesday, June 2
    • 12:00 pm - US History
    • 4:00 pm - Macroeconomics
  • Thursday, June 3
    • 12:00 pm - US Gov't & Politics, World History: Modern
    • 4:00 pm - Psychology
  • Friday, June 4
    • 8:00 am - Latin, Spanish Language & Culture
    • 12:00 pm - Chinese Language & Culture, French Language & Culture, Music Theory, Spanish Literature & Culture

Week of June 7

  • Monday, June 7
    • 12:00 pm - English Language & Composition
    • 4:00 pm - Computer Science Principles, Seminar
  • Tuesday, June 8
    • 4:00 pm - Microeconomics
  • Wednesday, June 9
    • 12:00 pm - Calculus AB, Calculus BC
    • 4:00 pm - Physics 1, Physics C: Mechanics
  • Thursday, June 10
    • 12:00 pm - Chemistry
    • 4:00 pm - Statistics
  • Friday, June 11
    • 12:00 pm - Biology
    • 4:00 pm - Environmental Science

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the content or length of the AP exams be modified by the College Board this school year?

The 2021 AP exams will match the full published course descriptions and will be full length. See 2021 AP Exams.

When will FCPS students take their 2021 AP exams?

FCPS students will take AP exams during the College Board’s Administration 2 (May 18-21, 24-28) unless otherwise communicated by their school. World Language and/or Music Theory exams may be given during Administration 1 (May 3-17).

Will students test at school or at home, and what will the testing format be?

It depends on the course; see chart below for course-specific testing format and location. See 2021 AP Exams for College Board dates and times of specific exams.

Will transportation be provided for the in-person AP exams?

Transportation will be an option for all in-person exams that have 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. start times. Your school AP Testing Coordinator will contact families via email with a transportation request process.

Will students receive IEP and 504 accommodations on the digital exams?

Accommodations pre-approved by the College Board will be provided on the digital exams See College Board’s FAQ page.

My child lacks adequate testing space at home. Can I arrange for my child to test at school?

If your child lacks adequate testing space at home, please contact your school’s AP Testing coordinator as soon as possible and no later than March 24th to discuss options for AP testing. 

My child selected all virtual learning for the year and is scheduled to test at school. Can I arrange for my child to test at home?

If your child has selected all virtual learning for the school year and is scheduled to take a math/science in person exam during Administration 2, you may contact your school AP Testing coordinator no later than March 26th to request to take an at-home digital exam during Administration 3 (scheduled for between June 1st-June 11th). The College Board does not offer an option to test at home for World Language or Music Theory exams

Where do I find my child’s AP Testing coordinator name and contact information?

Here is a list of AP Testing Coordinators and email addresses by school. 


Will my child have the technology needed to take an at home digital AP exam?

Yes, digital exams can be taken on FCPS issued computers or on a personal laptop/desktop computer. Because they require typed free responses, exams cannot be taken on smartphones and the College Board does not allow the use of personal chromebooks to take the exams. FCPS will work to ensure students can use their FCPS issued devices to test. 


What are the differences between a digital exam and a paper/pencil exam?

Digital exams will be as long as paper/pencil exams and will test the same knowledge and skills. In school AP exams are given in a paper-pencil format at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. start times, and are monitored by an in-person proctor.  

Digital exams (taken by FCPS students at home):

  • Begin precisely at 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. ET.
  • Do not allow students to revisit previously answered questions
  • Do not allow students to move back and forth between unanswered questions
  • Do not include questions that can be answered with internet searches
  • Include security features that prevent students from collaborating, accessing unauthorized aids, or attempting to have someone else test for them. 
  • Will be reviewed with plagiarism detection software and post exam analysis by the College Board to detect exam security violations. 

For differences between in person and digital exams for specific AP subjects, access AP Exam information.

What time do AP exams start for in-person paper tests?

  • Morning AP exams begin at 8:00 am and most end by 12 noon.  Students should arrive no later than 7:45 am. More specific information is shared during the pre-registration process.  However, arriving at least 20 minutes early to the exam site is strongly encouraged.
  • If the AP exam has already started, students will not be admitted into the exam site and will not be permitted to take the exam later.  The College Board will not approve such circumstances as a reason for late testing.  Please plan ahead.
  • Afternoon AP exams begin at 12 noon.  However, students are expected to report no later than 11:30 am to their exam site.  Afternoon exams can run as late as 4 pm, so it is imperative that students have transportation home. Students taking an afternoon exam will not be able to leave an exam early to catch the bus home. 

A reminder that if a student has both a morning and afternoon exam, there will be a minimum of 15 minutes provided for lunch in-between the AP exams.  Please remember that students may use the restroom and/or get a drink of water at any time during an AP exam – provided that they ask permission to do so and are escorted out of the room.

Where do I report on exam day for in-person paper tests?

AP teachers will be notified in advance of the exam sites and share this information with their students.  However, sometimes changes must be made.  Signs will be posted on the doors and throughout the school building with this information on each exam day.  It is important to read the signs and arrive early on exam day.

My child is not coming to school this school year due to health concerns and is scheduled to take a World Language exam. What are the options?

The College Board requires that all AP World Language be administered in person. If your child is unable to test in person, the exam will be cancelled with no penalty. Underclassmen taking AP World Language courses may postpone their test until 2022. Seniors unable to take an AP World Language exam are encouraged to contact the college they plan to attend to inquire about how to take a language placement exam on campus. The College Board will be offering vouchers to take a free CLEP exam for students unable to test in person this year for the German, French and Spanish Language exams. 

If my child misses their AP exam due to illness or an extenuating circumstance, will there be a makeup opportunity?

If your child misses an AP exam due to illness or extenuating circumstances, contact your school AP testing coordinator as soon as possible to request a make-up exam during administration 3 (June 1-June11). All make-up exams will be at home digital, with the exception of World Languages and Music Theory exams, which must be made up in person at school.

How do I apply for College Board accommodations?

Unfortunately, students who have an IEP or 504 plan do not automatically have College Board accommodations.  Please email Mr. Joseph Bartram at jtbartram@fcps.edu to find out more about the application process.  The deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is January 15, 2021 to give Mr. Bartram time to process prior to the College Board deadline. However, we encourage students to submit paperwork as early as possible.

College Board Consent Form

Processing for accommodations can take up to 7-12 weeks, so we must have paperwork in by December 15, 2020 to process before AP testing in May.

What do I do if I have two AP exams at the exact same time? Does one exam have priority over the other?

Please contact Ms. Anderson (abanderson@fcps.edu) as soon as possible to discuss your AP exam schedule. However, please note that if you are taking two AP exams on the same day, but not the same time, both exams must be taken on that day.  The College Board will not approve any waivers for these circumstances.  Please remember that students may use the restroom and/or get a drink of water at any time during an in-person AP exam – provided that they ask permission to do so and are escorted out of the room.


What should I bring on exam day if I am taking an in-person paper test?

At the very minimum, students should bring at least two No. 2 pencils (please avoid mechanical pencils) and a black ink pen on exam day.  Students may want to dress in layers as the temperature has been known to vary throughout the building and during the month of May.  We want students to feel comfortable during the exam time and this helps!  Additionally, if the AP exam permits a calculator, this should be communicated by your AP teacher.


How long is my AP exam? How do I prepare for it and what should I expect?

AP teachers are the best resource for these questions.  At the very least students should be aware of the number of sections, section format, and timeframe.  Please visit this link for the format of the May 2021 AP Exams.


What lunch will I eat if I take an in-person exam?

  • Students taking an afternoon (PM) exam in person should eat “A” lunch that day. 
  • Students taking a morning exam will attend their normally scheduled class lunch period unless it has been missed due to the AP exam.  If that happens, students will go to lunch first, then class unless excused for the remainder of the day.

What if I am late to my in-person?

If the AP exam has already started, students will not be admitted into the exam site. Please plan ahead.


Can I bring my cell phone with me to my AP exam?

No. The College Board does not permit electronic devices to be brought into the exam sites.  Please secure any cell phones in a safe location on exam day.  Cell phone use may result in an exam irregularity and therefore could cause a student’s AP score to be invalidated.


Is there anything else that I should leave at home or in my car on exam day?

Students should not have any of the following items with them on test day:

  • Electronic devices, including cell phones, Apple watches, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, laptops, and tablets.
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm
  • Portable listening or recording devices – even if you finish early and use earbuds
  • Books, compasses, mechanical pencils (the College Board does not guarantee that responses marked using a mechanical pencil will be scored properly by its machines), correction fluid, highlighters, colored pencils/pens, and pencil cases.
  • Tissue boxes
  • Rulers and straightedges (these will be supplied for the Physics exams)
  • Scratch paper
  • Review guides and/or notes
  • Calculators (except for parts of the AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C Mechanics, Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and Statistics exams) *Additionally, the AP Biology exam will permit students to use a simple 4-function (with square root) calculator only.
  • Clothing with subject-related information

When and how do I find out my AP exam scores?

Students must have an account to access their scores. (Some students may already have an account, and this may be confirmed by signing in.) The score release schedule will be available here in May, and students will receive an email in July reminding them when they can access their scores.

Who do I contact if I still have questions?