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2024 AP Exam Schedule

Unlike tests like the SAT or ACT, which are offered throughout the year, AP Exams are only offered once per year. All AP Exams take place during a 2-week stretch in May. Read on for the complete 2024 AP Exam schedule, as well as some notes about late tests and scheduling around coronavirus. After this scheduling information, we’ll include some useful tips for anyone considering taking AP Exams.

Related: What happens if you fail an AP Exam?

2024 AP Schedule

 Morning, 8 AM Local TimeAfternoon, 12 Noon Local TimeAfternoon, 2 PM Local Time
Monday, May 6, 2024US Government and PoliticsArt HistoryChemistryNone
Tuesday, May 7, 2024Human Geography
Wednesday, May 8, 2024English Literature and CompositionComparative Government and PoliticsComputer Science ANone
Thursday, May 9, 2024Chinese Language and CultureEnvironmental Science PsychologyNone
Friday, May 10, 2024European HistoryUnited States HistoryMacroeconomicsSpanish Literature and CultureNone
Monday, May 13, 2024Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Italian Culture and Languages
Tuesday, May 14, 2024English Language and CompositionAfrican American Studies
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Wednesday, May 15, 2023
French Language and CultureWorld History: Modern
Computer Science Principles
Music Theory 

Thursday, May 16, 2024Spanish Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Friday, May 17, 2024German Language and CulturePhysics 1: Algebra-BasedLatinPhysics 2: Algebra-basedNone

Art and Design Due Dates: Friday, May 10, 2024, is the last day for AP coordinators to submit digital AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing portfolios (by 8 p.m. ET) and to gather 2-D Art and Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly. Teachers should forward completed digital Art and Design portfolios to coordinators before this date.

AP Seminar and Research Due Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 is the last day to submit performance tasks for your final and presentations that will be scored by AP Seminar or AP Researcher teachers.

AP Computer Science Principles Due Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 is the last day to submit Create performance tasks as your final.

Related: How does AP credit work?

Also see: Do you have to take the AP Exam if you take an AP Course?

More resources for students

If you are preparing for AP Tests and you can afford it, a test prep tutor can go a long way. And as long as we’re thinking about standardized tests, why not use the time to work on your SAT and ACT? Check out our guide to help you decide which one to take, and convert your PSAT to an SAT score. Finally, try out our guide to how to improve your SAT score. Happy studying!

Also see: Scholarships360’s free scholarship search tool

Frequently asked questions about the AP Exam Schedule

Do you have to take the AP Exam if you take an AP Course?

No, students do not have to take AP tests if they choose not to. It is a good idea to educate yourself about whether or not to take a particular AP test and not base your decision solely on thinking you won’t do well.

What if I plan to take two tests scheduled at the same time?

If you want to take two tests that are scheduled at the same time, don’t worry. The College Board has a contingency plan for these scheduling conflicts. You will choose one of the tests to take as “Late testing.” You have to request late testing in advance and request it through the College Board. Although some late tests incur an additional fee of $40, you will be exempt from this charge because of the scheduling conflict.

What if I am unable to make my time slot?

If you are unable to make your time slot, you can request late testing. Unless your reason for being unable to attend is on this list, you’ll have to pay an additional $40. However, the good news is that the College Board will accommodate you and you’ll still be able to take the exam. But make sure to submit your request for late testing before the deadline.

What if I miss my AP Exam?

If you miss your AP Exam, you should get in touch with your school’s AP Coordinator as soon as possible. You may be able to take the test through late testing, though you will most likely have to pay an extra $40. However, the worst that can happen is you lose your chance to take the test. You won’t receive any score and it will neither hurt nor help your college applications.

How do I sign up for an AP Exam?

To sign up for an AP Exam, you should get in touch with your school’s AP Coordinator. They typically request students to express their interest and pay their fee before mid-November. Most students in AP Classes will receive forms with information to sign up. But if you are planning on taking an AP Exam without having taken the test, you may have to seek out your school’s AP Coordinator.

How long do AP Exams last?

AP Exam lengths vary by subject, but last between 2-3 hours. However, if you finish early, you shouldn’t plan on leaving. All students must remain in the classroom until the session is entirely over.

Can I take an AP Exam if I didn’t take the AP Class?

Yes! This is called self-studying, and it’s a common thing to do. You can sign up for AP Exams without having taken the class and teach yourself the material. This is a great option for students whose schedules didn’t permit them to take an AP class, or whose schools don’t offer them. Students who already have extensive knowledge of a subject have a better chance of scoring well on a self-studied AP Exam.

How much do AP Exams cost?

AP Exams cost $97 per test, or $137 if the student requests the test after the deadline. This can seem like a considerable cost, but if you are able to get college credit for the AP Exam and maybe even graduate college early, it could save you a lot of money in the long-run!

Can I pay less for taking AP test exams if I have financial need?

Students who meet specific economic requirements may qualify for a reduced AP Test fee. They will only have to pay $53 as opposed to the typical $97. If you think that you qualify for a fee reduction, make sure to start the process early to ensure you can submit any necessary documents in time.