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About AP Exams

AP Exams are standardized exams designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of a specific AP course. Most AP courses have an end-of-year paper-and-pencil exam, but a few courses have different ways to assess what you’ve learned.
AP Exams are administered every year in early May during a two week period. 
Depending on the course, the exam is formatted differently:
  • Certain AP exams contain a portfolio component
  • Many AP exams include a multiple-choice section
  • Many AP exams include a free-response question (FRQ) section
To learn about what your AP exams will consist, check the College Board website.
  • You must have a College Board account
  • An exam is ordered for you when you sign up for AP Classroom