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When Are AP Tests? The Complete AP Exam Schedule

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Jul 14, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

 

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As the school year starts to wind down, you might be asking yourself: when are AP exams? In this article, I’ll break down everything you need to know about the AP exam schedule, including when they usually take place, the specific schedule for this year, what to do if you find yourself in an AP schedule mishap, and how you can leverage the schedule to best plan your studying.

 

When Are AP Tests Usually?

This is a question with a pretty simple answer. AP exams normally take place during the first two weeks of May. Each day of the two-week testing period is divided into two four-hour testing slots, which begin at 8 am and 12 pm, respectively.

There is also a 2 pm time slot in the first week of testing; this is reserved for the Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism test only.

Any make-up tests that need to be offered are normally held Wednesday through Friday the week after all regular testing is completed (so, the third week of May).

 

When Are AP Tests in 2020?

Like in other years, AP exams for 2019 will take place during the first two weeks of May, specifically from Monday, May 4, 2020, to Friday, May 15, 2020. Make-up testing will take place the following week from Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to Friday, May 22, 2020.

Below is the complete schedule of 2020 AP tests:

Week 1

Morning 8 am

Afternoon 12 pm

Afternoon 2 pm

Monday, May 4, 2020

US Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

German Language and Culture

Human Geography

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

English Literature and Composition

European History

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Chemistry

Spanish Literature and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

 

Friday, May 8, 2020

US History

Art History

Computer Science A

 

AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing (last day for coordinators to collect and submit portfolios)

 

 

Week 2

Morning 8 am

Afternoon 12 pm

Monday, May 11, 2020

Biology

Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Seminar

Spanish Language and Culture

Latin

Psychology

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

English Language and Composition

Microeconomics

Music Theory

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Comparative Government and Politics

World History: Modern

Italian Language and Culture

Macroeconomics

Friday, May 15, 2020

Computer Science Principles

French Language and Culture

Statistics

Source: The College Board

 

And here is the 2020 AP schedule for make-up tests:

Late Testing Period Morning 8 am Afternoon 12 pm
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

English Language and Composition

European History

Microeconomics

Physics C: Mechanics

Psychology

Statistics

Chemistry

Computer Science A

Japanese Language and Culture

Music Theory

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Biology

Computer Science Principles

Environmental Science

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

US History

World History: Modern

Art History

Chinese Language and Culture

French Language and Culture

Italian Language and Culture

Latin

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Friday, May 22, 2020

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

English Literature and Composition

Human Geography

Seminar

US Government and Politics

Comparative Government and Politics

German Language and Culture

Macroeconomics

Spanish Language and Culture

Spanish Literature and Culture

Source: The College Board

 

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So many subjects, so little time.

 

What If I Have 2 AP Exams at the Exact Same Time?

You probably noticed on the above schedule that there are often two AP exams scheduled for the same time slot. If you have two different exams scheduled for the same time, you’ll need to take one of the exams during the late testing period from Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to Friday, May 22, 2020.

To make arrangements, you’ll need to talk to your school’s AP exam coordinator (likely a guidance counselor). You should be able to find out who to talk to by asking someone at your school’s main office.

This coordinator will make the arrangements for you to take an AP test on a later date. You should talk to him or her as soon as you realize that there’s a conflict in your AP testing schedule, so there will be enough time to order the late test.

You’ll get to pick which AP test to take late. Note that when you do test late, you’re given an alternate form of the test. Some people think that the late forms are more difficult. It’s unclear whether there’s any truth to this claim, but if it’s something you’re worried about, it might be a wiser choice to take the test you’re more confident in on the late date.

 

What If I Have 2 AP Exams on the Same Day but at Different Times?

If you have two AP exams on the same day at different times—so one in the morning, one in the afternoon—you have fewer options. In fact, your only option, if you want to take both tests, is to sit through a whole day of testing. Unfortunately, you can’t request late testing just because you have two tests on the same day.

My advice would be to bring water and lots of protein-rich snacks for the breaks to help you keep going! Also, try to stretch your hands whenever you have an opportunity to help mitigate cramping and soreness.

 

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Juggling AP exams is tough, but not as tough as juggling planets.

 

How to Use the AP Schedule to Plan Your Studying

The AP schedule’s main utility in studying is to help you know by when you need to finish studying. As early May approaches, the AP exam schedule will help you prioritize those exams that come earliest when you do final reviews of the material, since you’ll have a few extra days to polish up your knowledge for tests during the second week.

 

The AP Exam Schedule: Key Takeaways

AP exams generally take place each year during the first two weeks of May. See above for the complete schedule for 2020. If you have two exams scheduled at the same time, you are eligible for late testing for one of the exams. Just talk to your school’s AP exam coordinator!

Unfortunately, if you have two AP exams on the same day (in other words, one in the morning and one in the afternoon) you aren’t eligible for late testing and you’ll have to do a full day of testing if you want to take both tests.

In terms of using the AP schedule to organize your studying, you should plan your final reviews of the material for a given exam so that you are reviewing material for your earlier tests sooner since you’ll have a little extra time to review for your later tests.

Finally, don’t forget to schedule a little relaxation after you finish all your APs!

 

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Once you're finished with AP tests, it's time to go home and take a cat nap.

 

What's Next?

Getting ready to study for your AP exams? See our five-step AP prep plan for expert tips. Or if you're looking for practice tests, check out our guide to finding the best AP practice tests.

Wondering whether you should be aiming for a perfect AP test score? We've got you covered with our in-depth guide!

If you've got a scheduling issue or emergency, refer to our guide to getting a make-up AP exam.

 

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Ellen McCammon
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Ellen has extensive education mentorship experience and is deeply committed to helping students succeed in all areas of life. She received a BA from Harvard in Folklore and Mythology and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Columbia University.



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