When Are AP Exams?

AP exams take place in May. Our breakdown of the AP exam schedule for 2022 lists the dates and times for every exam so you can plan ahead.

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Updated August 15, 2022

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When Are AP Exams?


If you're planning to take AP exams this spring, it's important to know the AP exam schedule.

For 2022, the College Board scheduled AP exams for the first two weeks of May. Students scheduled for two exams that take place at the same time also need to know the retake exam schedule. This year, retakes are in the third week of May.

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Knowing the date for your AP exams can help you create a study schedule and hit your target score on your tests.

What Is the AP Exam Schedule?

AP exams take place every May. In 2022, AP exams begin Monday, May 2, and end Friday, May 13. The following AP exam schedule shows the date and time for every AP exam.

Week 1 AP Exam Schedule
Date Morning: 8 a.m. Local Time Afternoon: 12 p.m. Local Time
Monday, May 2, 2022

Japanese Language and Culture

United States Government and Politics

Chemistry

Spanish Literature and Culture

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Environmental Science Psychology
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 English Literature and Composition

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science A

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Human Geography

Macroeconomics

Seminar

Statistics

Friday, May 6, 2022

European History

United States History

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

Art History

Microeconomics

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

Source: College Board

Week 2 AP Exam Schedule
Date Morning: 8 a.m. Local Time Afternoon: 12 p.m. Local Time Afternoon: 2 p.m. Local Time
Monday, May 9, 2022

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Computer Science Principles

Italian Language and Culture

N/A
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 English Language and Composition Physics C: Mechanics Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Chinese Language and Culture

Spanish Language and Culture

Biology N/A
Thursday, May 12, 2022

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Physics 1: Algebra-Based N/A
Friday, May 13, 2022

German Language and Culture

Music Theory

Latin

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

N/A

Source: College Board

What Is the AP Exam Retake Schedule?

The College Board has also created an AP exam retake schedule. Students can retake exams from Tuesday, May 17, through Friday, May 20. The following table lists the retake dates and times for each AP exam.

AP Exam Retake Schedule
Date Morning: 8 a.m. Local Time Afternoon: 12 p.m. Local Time
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Environmental Science Psychology
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Chemistry

Computer Science A

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Statistics

United States History

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science Principles

English Literature and Composition

Macroeconomics

Spanish Literature and Culture

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Chinese Language and Culture

English Language and Composition

German Language and Culture

Human Geography

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Art History

Biology

French Language and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture

Latin

Physics C: Mechanics

Friday, May 20, 2022

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Microeconomics

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Spanish Language and Culture

European History

Italian Language and Culture

Music Theory

Seminar

United States Government and Politics

World History: Modern

Source: College Board

How to Study for AP Exams

The 2022 AP exams all take place within two weeks. So if you're taking more than one exam, you'll need to plan ahead.

Create a study schedule based on the dates of every test. You can aim for a target score based on what you'll need to receive college credit on that exam.

Most AP tests must be taken in person. AP Art and Design requires that you submit a portfolio exam. If possible, complete and submit your portfolio before your other AP exams so you can focus on upcoming tests.

If you struggle with test anxiety, take practice tests and focus on stress-management techniques.

What Should I Bring to My AP Exams?

On test day, make sure to bring a No. 2 pencil for the multiple-choice section. You'll also need a pen with black or dark blue ink for free-response questions. Some exams allow the use of a calculator as well.

If you're not taking AP exams at your current school, you'll need to bring ID. Finally, the College Board allows approved types of watches, and students can bring a ruler for the AP Physics exam.

Leave electronics at home, including phones and smartwatches. You can't bring scratch paper, notes, or mechanical pencils. You also aren't allowed to bring ear plugs or any food or drinks into the exam. Check out the College Board guide for more information.

AP Exams Requiring Special Preparation

Most AP exams use multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions. Some require different preparation strategies.

Art and Design, for example, requires a final portfolio rather than an exam. AP world language tests include speaking and reading components. Students create a program as part of the AP Computer Science course. And the AP Music Theory exam includes a sight-singing component.

Make sure you understand the format of your AP exam(s) so you can feel prepared for test day.

Frequently Asked Questions About AP Exams

What if my AP exams are scheduled at the same time?

The College Board tries to avoid these issues by only scheduling exams with a low number of overlaps at the same time. Still, students sometimes find themselves scheduled for two tests in the same time slot.

For that reason, the College Board offers retake exams the week after the first round of tests ends.

Do AP exams impact college admission decisions?

Many colleges give applicants credit for taking AP classes and sitting for AP exams. These students demonstrate a willingness to take on challenging courses and complete college-level assignments in high school.

While AP exams do not guarantee admission, they can help students demonstrate their academic skills to potential schools.

When are AP exams scored?

Most AP exams include written responses that take time to grade. Because AP exams require a long assessment process, the scoring typically takes place in June.

Students generally receive their AP scores in July. Test-takers receive a number between 1 and 5 for their exam score — 5 represents the highest score.

How much do AP exams cost?

Currently, students pay $96 per AP exam in the U.S. and Canada. In other areas, students pay $126 per exam.

Two AP exams charge a higher fee than the typical $96 test cost. The AP Seminar and AP Research exams both cost $144. These two tests make up a central part of the AP Capstone Diploma Program.

Students with financial need can apply for an AP test fee reduction through their school.

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