AP Exams 2020: When to take the exams

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Update as of Friday, May 1

This year, there are two AP testing windows: May 11-22 and June 1-5. Each exam has been scheduled for one day and time within each window. See the full list of exam dates and times at the College Board's website

Even though there are two testing windows, all students should plan for the May testing window, barring extenuating circumstances. Treat the June testing window as a “make-up” window only.

Here's why:

  • If you miss the May exams for any reason, such as illness or tech issues, you’ll still have June as a back-up plan.
  • If June students experience tech issues that prevent them from submitting their answers, no further make-up dates will be offered.
  • You’ll perform your best while the material is fresh. The later units have been cut from each course, so students are being tested only on material covered through early March (as estimated for most schools). The sooner you take your exam, the more recently you’ll have learned and studied the material you’re being tested on.
  • Waiting until June means dragging out the test preparation process during a time when school and life are already full of greater stress than normal.


How can students access the exam?

  • Two days before each May exam, students will be emailed an e-ticket for that exam. 
  • If you don't use your e-ticket in May, you'll automatically receive a June e-ticket for the make-up exam. 

Need more individualized advice?

The recommendations above are generalized plans. Additionally, ArborBridge can provide you with a basic free-response diagnostic to help you decide which test date to go with. If you have specific questions or want a personalized plan, reach out to our experts here. We’re happy to help in any way we can.

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