2021 AP Exam Update Hub


The 2021 Advanced Placement Exam administration requires careful preparation, planning and organization. With three AP Exam Administration windows and options for in person paper and pencil exams or digital online exams, it is essential that schools familiarize themselves with the guidance from College Board and the DOE. AP for All is working with College Board and other offices in the DOE to ensure that school staff are receiving the support and guidance that they need as soon as it becomes available.

Key Dates

After April 1: Authorize students for digital exams for Administration 2 or 3, if needed, until 11:59 p.m. EDT 7 calendar days before the scheduled exam date.

April 12, 14, 21, 22: AP Coordinator Trainings (Sign up here)

May 3–7, 10–12, 14, and 17: AP Exam Administration 1

By May 14: move all paper/pencil exams and Chinese and Japanese exams to administration 2.

May 18–21, 24–28: AP Exam Administration 2

By May 26: move all paper/pencil exams and Chinese and Japanese exams to administration 3.

June 1–4, 7–11: AP Exam Administration 3

For additional information about important dates and deadlines, please reference:

  • 2021 AP Exam Schedule: at cb.org/apexamdates
  • 2021 AP Exam Administration Timeline: to keep track of key 2021 exam dates and deadlines to plan ahead and see when additional testing information will be available cb.org/ap2021timeline

AP Exam Guidance from College Board

Before taking any action in APRO to change students’ exam dates, it’s important that AP coordinators work with students, teachers, and administrators to determine how the school expects to administer exams this year. The following resources may help:

General Administration

Digital Testing

All downloadable resources and guides can be found at apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap-2021/ap-coordinators/resource-library 

Online community for coordinators to ask questions, get answers, and connect with fellow coordinators available here apcommunity.collegeboard.org

NYC DOE Infohub

The AP Exam guidance from NYCDOE can be found on the Advanced Placement Infohub page. Please check this page for all official policy guidance, including:

Principal’s Digest

Prior to March 26th, Advanced Placement guidance was released through Principals Digest, including:

  • March 26, 2021 – Notice that future Advanced Placement Updates will be published on P-Digest
  • March 23, 2021 – Important Deadlines and AP Coordinator Training, Guidance from College Board Regarding Device Distribution, McGraw-Hill “5 Steps to a 5” Review Books and Study Planning Sessions
  • March 5, 2021 – Technology Survey, AP Coordinator Trainings, Exam Ordering, In Person Testing

See previous Advanced Placement guidance by searching the Principal’s Digest.

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